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Keep your princesses and superheroes safe this Halloween

Like many other things this year, celebrating Halloween in 2020 may be different than in the past for some people. Many kids and adults alike, look forward to visiting pumpkin farms, trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, and other family-favorite activities. While some of these traditions may need to be modified or put on hold this year due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of ways you can scare up a little fun.

Here are some recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for fun ways to celebrate while also minimizing the risk of being exposed to the virus.

Also, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Holiday Celebrations page. They provide information on higher-risk Halloween activities, as well as some lower- and moderate-risk alternatives.

While COVID-19 may put a damper on your usual Halloween activities, this may be the perfect time to start a new family tradition!


Mark your calendar!

As we enter November, several important dates are quickly approaching.

Sunday, November 1: Daylight saving time ends

It’s time to “fall back” again! Daylight saving time ends at 2:00am Sunday, November 1. Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. And be sure to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too! Are you a trivia buff? If so, check out these 17 fascinating facts about daylight saving time from USA TODAY.

Tuesday, November 3: Election Day

We’re lucky to live in a country that gives its citizens a say. If you haven’t voted early or by mail-in ballot, make your voice heard by getting out to the polls and voting Tuesday, November 3. Not sure where to vote or what’s on the ballot for your district and ward? That’s okay! Thanks to the internet, that information is readily available. Simply use your favorite search engine to locate the answers. For other common questions about voting and elections, visit usa.gov. 

Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day

On Wednesday, November 11, we honor those men and women who served our country. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company thanks all veterans, those still with us and those who have gone before us, for the sacrifices they so willingly made for our country and our freedom. Let the veterans in your life know how much you appreciate them. Click here to find out more about the history of Veterans Day.


The derecho that swept through the Midwest  was another “unprecedented” event in a year filled with unprecedented events. What’s not unprecedented is the way West Bend associates stepped up to help our customers in need. Find out what some of them had to say.

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