Resources for the host observer:
The Night Sky Network has resources for amateur astronomers and backyard star parties! Among their resources are the Universe Discovery Guides – Each Guide contains: a story about the month’s theme, a sky feature to observe, “Try This!” section, and one or more activities to explore the theme. Each Guide can be viewed on a computer in full color. You can also download a special “Red” edition of each Guide which features a red overlay to preserve your night vision.
There’s one for each month, and October’s is Solar System themed! https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/news-display.cfm?News_ID=611
Reminder about Event Conditions:
You know how news reports always remind people not to look at the Sun during a solar eclipse? Keep in mind some tips for Halloween safety:
- After dark, but want to preserve night vision? Use red lights – keeps pedestrians visible to cars w/o ruining your ability to see the stars. If you’re on a busy roadway, consider a sign to let cars know folks might be gathered and be easily blinded by headlights.
- Big Costumes/Masks: some costumes will not be ideal for peering through an eyepiece. Have a space to take off and store cumbersome costumes while viewing.
- Sticky Fingers: candy is the best, except when it gets on your optics. Baby wipes or other hand-washing station will reduce the risk to your equipment.
International Observe the Moon Night: https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon/annual-event/overview/
(No endorsement, just doing some brainstorming!) Plus, easy shopping list reminder when you’re at the store:
- Mars bars
- Milky Way
- Moon Pies
- Orbit gum
- Eclipse gum