HOUSTON – This is a Halloween unlike any other.
With the Astros hoping to make history by winning the World Series and families dealing with ghost town neighborhoods after Harvey, there are many things families have to juggle.
KPRC caught up with several families and leaders in the community to ask how they are celebrating the Astros' achievements and Halloween all in the same day.
Q: How are neighbors in formerly flooded areas coming together to bring in the Halloween spirit?
A: Many residents in areas that were flooded during Harvey have turned to other neighborhoods, since their neighborhoods have homes that are gutted and have debris on the streets.
"Usually I trick or treat in Meyerland, but our neighborhood is a little bit of a ghost town, so we're going to go over the Westbury and trick-or-treating with some friends ... We're just trying to keep everything as normal for them as possible, and let them have the best time," said Cindy Meador, a Meyerland resident who was displaced by the flood.
"It's definitely more of a challenge as far as where we are going to go trick-or-treating. We flooded a couple years ago but only part of the neighborhood flooded, so we were able to go trick-or-treating in part of the neighborhood, but this year pretty much the whole neighborhood is shut down," said Catherin Couturie, another Meyerland resident displaced by the flood. Her home flooded twice.
Q: Are there any Halloween events for those who may not have a place to trick or treat nearby?
A: The Bellaire Optimist Club is putting on a Halloween Festival at Feld Park Tuesday 5:30-8 p.m. for people who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Q: Should families be concerned when trick-or-treating in an area that is still recovering from Harvey?
A: Yes, to an extent. Certain easy precautions can help prevent your child from getting harmed while trick-or-treating.
According to the Harris County Public Health Department, "Mold is one of the most common problems after a flood and can cause asthma attacks, eye and skin irritation and allergic reactions, especially with those who have existing respiratory conditions. People can be exposed to bacteria through debris and can cause gastrointestinal illnesses (vomiting and diarrhea). Remember the debris was contaminated with feces and sewage."
Nails and glass can be found in areas where debris piled up on the sides of roadways. Residents have complained of flat tires.
Other standard safety tips from the Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen -- go in groups, check your children's candy and wear bright clothing.
Q: What can homeowners do to help families in formerly flooded areas?
A: "It's pitch black the other night. There are so few people who live here... Keep the lights on... We leave our lights on at our house because it's getting creepy. I don't want people who do live here to feel unsafe or anything like that," Couturie said.
Q: Halloween or World Series?
A: Many families are opting to do Halloween and trick-or-treating earlier today to beat the rain and make it time for Game 6 of the World Series. First pitch starts at 7:20 p.m.
"That is more of a stress -- how am I going to pretend that I care about Halloween at all today. I don't," Couturie joked.
"We're just going to be done a bit earlier this year so that kids can get to bed and we can get the Astros game on," Meador. "I think its an amazing time for Houston. I think we need it right now and just hope the Astros bring home a win tonight."