Well, it’s that time again, my favorite time of year: Halloween! Sure, we’re in a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you trick-or-treaters can’t enjoy going door-to-door. Come on over to my house for a ton of good, responsible fun! Due to exigent circumstances, though, you just need to abide by a few simple conditions:
- You must join Nextdoor, friend me, and send a PM requesting Halloween access.
- You must live within the immediate two-block vicinity, and I must know your parents from work or church.
- You must register for a COVID-19 antigen test, to be scheduled on October 31st between 2-4 PM. A mobile testing station will be parked in front of my home.
- You must upload and message me a copy of your negative result.
- I will then message you a smiling emoji badge, which you must print and wear when approaching my porch.
- If you did not bring a printer with you, I will have a wireless printer available on my porch. Please download the HP Smart app and message me for the printer’s name to connect via bluetooth
- On the porch, you will also find a no-touch forehead thermometer, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and an ample supply of swabs.
- Sign in on the guest register with the 20-character ID number from your badge.
- Sign the waiver allowing video use of your image on Nextdoor.
- Stand in front of the digital camera, point the thermometer at your forehead, and show the digital display to the camera.
- Using a swab, wipe down the handle of the thermometer with rubbing alcohol.
- Dispose of the swab in the conveniently-located biohazard box.
- Wait for the porch light to click off and on to indicate approval to proceed.
- Wipe your hands with rubbing alcohol before pressing the doorbell.
- Place your trick-or-treat bag immediately under the mail slot on the front door.
- Wait for your COVID-free treat to be inserted through the slot, which is wiped down after every interaction, into your bag.
- Wipe the doorbell and mail slot with rubbing alcohol. Dispose of the swab in aforementioned biohazard box.
- Sign out on the guest register and exit the porch immediately.
- Any attempts to trick-or-treat more than once will be met with a 5-year ban.
That’s it! So easy, right? There is nothing more fun than seeing the colorful costumes of our neighborhood children, which I will be viewing from behind my hermetically-sealed peephole. Enjoy your box of raisins, #2 pencil, or travel-size package of tissues!