Find out how to create candy chutes and distanced trick-or-treating delivery devices!
Like most events this year, Halloween in 2020 is going to be a little different from years gone by. COVID 19 has forced us to cancel, reschedule, or adapt almost all of our much loved annual events. Indoor dining has once again been restricted, markets like Christkindlmarket have been canceled or taken digital, and concerts have turned into drive-in experiences, have been called off altogether or have found weird and wonderful ways to adapt with personal bubbles and other covid-safe solutions.
Well if concerts can persevere then so too can Halloween and people sure aren’t letting coronavirus get in the way of them and the spookiest weekend of the year. If there is one thing that defines Halloween it’s costumed kids going door to door expecting their buckets to fill up with candy and we can’t let the pandemic get in the way of that, can we?
It’s in the build-up to Halloween when people reveal their true creative prowess, and this year we certainly aren’t being let down. In addition to the usual creepy costumes and ominous decorations, inventive candy delivery systems are sweeping the internet as people share how they plan to get candy to kids and keep the much-loved Halloween tradition alive while practicing safe physical distancing. 6ft tubes, tongs, and foot-triggered doorbells are just a few ingenious ideas to beat coronavirus this Halloween! Here we’ve rounded up a few of the best creations out there to amaze and inspire you:
1. A Basic Pipe Chute
A simple chute from a porch is easily done with a basic plastic PVC pipe bought from a local hardware store or a tube from a recent Amazon order!
— blogTO (@blogTO) October 26, 2020
2. An Extended Chute From A First Floor Window
No porch? No problem. It just takes a little more planning. Nobody is questioning the social distancing there, Mike!
Since I wrote about making a candy chute for Halloween, I've gotten a few reader notes saying people are making them. One of the best has come from Michael Episcope, who's letting me share his pictures of a 36-foot-long chute, in construction and finished. https://t.co/0frcVaTr5V pic.twitter.com/qlGQ0TbBMK
— Liam T.A. Ford (@ltaford) October 27, 2020
3. A Vertical Chute
Having a flat is no excuse either, folks. Just smile, wave, and drop.
4. A Decorated Candy Chute
For those who do have a porch or a ground floor door, embrace the Halloween spirit and make your chute is extra spooky by building your decorations around it!
Socially distanced candy chute ready for Halloween!!! pic.twitter.com/2OqPWfyKos
— əˈlɪzəbəθ (@drlizziewho) October 19, 2020
5. A Candy Cannon
No Luke, it’s “chute” not “shoot”!
— Luke Keyes (@lukeyes) September 29, 2020
6. A Sweet Slingshot
Ok firing candy into a pillow works but just be careful where you’re aiming…
The problem: raging hordes of children at a time of social distancing.
The solution: laser-guided tactical slingshot, able to score fun-size candy in a pillowcase from 20 yards away. pic.twitter.com/xV44FnX1Kv
— Judge (@F1inIndy) October 27, 2020
7. A Zip-Wire System
A pully system is more easily done than you think. Take that Corona!
8. A Drone Drop Off
Many are making the most of new-age technology!
Halloween candy drone delivery (for self isolating kids) test 1.
Drone worked perfectly but the sides of the bag ripped on impact with the ground causing two sweets to spill.
We tried it again and it worked but need to revisit / improve bag strength.
Any ideas folks? pic.twitter.com/ptnmR8NAfe
— Noxy @ Hypixel Studios (@Noxywoxy) October 18, 2020
9. A Candy-Giving Robot
Talking of new-age technology, some people are going the extra mile. This takes remote control delivery to a whole new level!
The Keyes family also created Arty! He is a remote-controlled robot they plan to use to deliver candy to trick-or-treaters. 👻 @kvue
The Keyes family said they can't turn their garage into a hunted house because of safety precautions but with Arty, they can still spread joy. pic.twitter.com/vgQv0JupKr
— Daranesha Herron (@Daraneshatv) September 26, 2020
10. A Candy-Giving Giant Foam Hand… Thing?
Now we really have seen everything. Some people look like they’ve been doing this for years.
This Halloween, the Oregon Health Authority is recommending that Oregonians avoid door-to-door trick or treating, considered high risk for spreading coronavirus. But the COVID candy chute has become a popular addition for those hoping to celebrate with safety measures in place. pic.twitter.com/Dle830l2Aj
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) October 29, 2020
And finally, a shoutout to generous chute givers embracing the Halloween spirit…
🍬🍫 **FREE CANDY CHUTES!** 🍬🍫
Because we want everyone to enjoy Halloween in a safe and socially distant manner, we're giving away 54" tubes. (Decoration not included.) Pick them up at our shop between 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Max of 2 per customer, please. pic.twitter.com/vKxnKvniGg
— Streamline Designs (@streamlineBFLO) October 23, 2020