Crystal Conover decorates her front yard in Layton, Utah, every Halloween. Life-size skeletons and creepy clowns are on display while zombies climb out of grassy holes.
She does this because Halloween was her son Jayden’s favorite holiday. He was thirteen years old when he was hit by a car while trick-or-treating in 2011 and died. She hands out glow sticks each year to help children light their way in the dark and stay safe from cars.
However, 2020 has been especially difficult for Crystal, with expensive storm damage to her home and the challenges of the pandemic. She told her neighbors that she was not up to decorating this year. So they did the job for her.
They not only decorated Crystal’s home and yard, but they also decked out their homes in memory of Jayden. They told her, “You’ve given a whole new meaning to Halloween—it’s not just about the candy, it’s about keeping kids safe.” One added, “Halloween is an emotional time for Crystal. But what she’s been doing every year is a good thing.”
The full moon will be a “blue moon”
Tomorrow will be a Halloween unlike any other in living memory.
The holiday will be unusual in part because a full moon will be visible across the entire US on Halloween night for the first time since 1944. This will also be a rare “blue moon” (a second full moon in a single month). Parents are looking for safe options for their kids to trick-or-treat and for alternatives during the pandemic.
But when the holiday is over, our larger fears will remain.
A man shouting “Allahu Akbar” killed three people yesterday at a church in Nice, France. A new wave of lockdowns and business closings swept across Germany, France, and other places in Europe this week in response to surging coronavirus infections.
The US reported a record five hundred thousand new cases of COVID-19 in the past week. The virus is now reaching areas previously untouched…
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