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I find September is always a hectic month. I have a hard time saying goodbye to summer, the hustle and bustle of getting back into the groove after our hot, lazy days takes its toll and it's so busy trying to get in last-minute summer activities before time runs out, which is why October is a breath of fresh air.
The leaves are now a beautiful array of colours, busy weekend activities are replaced with spending time with family at Thanksgiving, and we get to look forward to a somewhat normal Halloween this year.
Scroll on for a flavourful fall recipe, the latest COVID-19 trend, a nighttime scavenger hunt, virtual theatre performances, your guide to Halloween 2020 and a new local read!
I hope you enjoy!
Jill, SaltWire Audience Team
What fall activity are you most looking forward to this year? Let me know!
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Quick, simple and delicious
Looking for a perfect week-night meal? This recipe for barbecue chicken chili with cheddar cornbread is the ideal recipe for this time of year. It'll warm you up on a cool fall evening, but the flavours are reminiscent of a summer barbecue. You can have dinner on the table in under an hour, and the leftovers freeze well for future meals!
Get on board with brunch
We're back with another COVID-19 trend, and this time it's brunch! That superb meal that merges breakfast with lunch, typically enjoyed on weekends is now becoming a popular work-from-home meal.
Just what do we Canadians eat for brunch? Well, it can vary by province.
Click here to learn about brunch favs from across the country, complete with a recipe for the perfect hollandaise sauce, 'cause when I think brunch, eggs benny are top of the list in my books.
Neptune at home
Neptune Theatre in Halifax, N.S., doesn't expect to be putting on any in-person performances until 2021, but is keeping the magic of live theatre alive with their Neptune at Home series.
If you've never had the opportunity to experience one of Neptune's shows live, Atlantic Canada’s largest regional theatre company is bringing drama, music, education and conversation directly to you with its new online Neptune at Home digital platform. Find out more about their lineup and ticket information here.
Oh, starry night
When I was growing up I had a book on constellations that would glow in the dark, and I would spend hours flipping through the pages, trying to spot the matching patterns in the sky.
For a fun fall adventure, pack some blankets, head to a dark place (check out this dark sky finder map) and see if you can find these lesser-known constellations with your own night sky scavenger hunt.
Let me know if you spot them all!
How to Halloween in 2020
Halloween is a GO across the East Coast (as of right now), thanks to all our hard work and dedication at keeping our bubble case numbers low. Well done, everyone! That's not to say this Halloween won't look a little different than it usually does. Here are some tips to ensure a safe, healthy and happy trick-or-treat experience at the end of the month:
- Get your costume early if you plan to buy one. Rumour has it stores aren't carrying as much inventory this year as they anticipate lower than usual sales.
- Same goes for candy — if you're planning to dish out treats, stock up now before the good stuff is gone. I always get treats I like so I can enjoy the leftovers myself. No one wants to be stuck with half a bag of leftover Halloween kisses after all.
- Rather than trick-or-treating in a large group, stick with family or one close friend this year.
- Remind your kids about social distancing, and suggest they take a step back when the door opens.
- Avoid going into porches and entryways - stay outside to collect treats.
- If someone has a sign up or lights off this year, respect that and move on to the next house.
- Put on that face mask! Why not get creative and build it into your costume?
- Don't forget the hand sanitizer. Use it anytime your child touches a handrail, doorknob etc.
- Wash up when you get home — before you dive into the sweet treats.
At the time I'm writing this, here are the latest updates from our provincial governments:
Dr. Strang doesn't expect to impose any restrictions on Nova Scotian kids going door-to-door this year. He's more concerned with how adults will handle festivities. If you're planning on hitting up a Halloween party, why not build a face mask into your costume, stick to Public Health's recommended gathering limits and keep social distancing.
Prince Edward Island:
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison recommends children stick to houses in their neighbourhood and with people they know, suggests placing treats on a table or other surface that can be easily and quickly disinfected, maintaining social distancing and not crowding people's doorways.
Newfoundland and Labrador:
The Department of Health and Community Services suggests much of the same as N.S. and P.E.I. You can find their full recommendations online here.
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While you can get your copy through Indigo, we suggest supporting local and ordering direct from Acorn Press.