This Dad Designed An Ingenious Way To Hand Out Halloween Candy Without Breaking Social Distancing Rules

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Halloween isn’t that far off and parents are already agonizing about allowing their kids to go trick-or-treating.

Do parents let their kids go around and collect candy – and possibly germs – from complete strangers and bring them back home? Some towns are making the decision for parents and canceling Halloween for 2020, but in some of the less populated parts of the country, trick-or-treating will go on as normal.

A dad in Ohio devised a pretty brilliant way to hand out Halloween candy while keeping kids 6 feet from him and his house.

Andrew Beattie and his daughter joined designed this Halloween candy shoot to distribute Snickers, Milky Ways, and Sweet Tarts to the kids in the hood.

Beattie commented on the photo, “Our 6′ candy chute is ready to be attached to the handrail! Come on, Halloween!!!”

After the photo went super viral, Beattie had to amend the comment to appease the Internet Karens in the crowd.

Edit #1: a quick update, since some have voiced valid health concerns. This will be a completely “touch-free” experience for trick or treaters. There will be a sign at the bottom of the tube showing them where to hold their bags and buckets so the candy can drop right in. I, personally, will be wearing a mask and changing gloves frequently, and the candy will be from a factory-sealed bag that I’ll open outside by the candy chute.

I want our youngins to be able to have some sense of normalcy and maybe a little bit of exercise in all this madness, and I’ve put a LOT of thought into how to do so safely, and I appreciate your concern.

Edit #2: another update, as I’ve received a lot of flack from people thinking this is overkill, and I should just hand out candy. I’m truly glad you’re optimistic about this – I am! However, many people aren’t feeling the same with it, and that’s okay. We don’t really know much about this thing yet.

I put this together from throwaway materials (a 6′ x 4″ cardboard shipping tube and stuff I already had) in about twenty minutes, and if it brings comfort to those who are a little more reluctant, awesome! My house is already usually pretty terrifying to kids at Halloween, and you can see from my profile pic how that might be the case.

If this candy chute makes things easier or safer, AND gives those with mobility challenges more of a chance to participate, then what’s the harm? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, ya’ know.

I appreciate your responses, and also your concerns. Thank you!

The chute is an awesome idea, especially for those big money houses that handy out the regular-sized candy bars. FIRE IN THE HOLE!

[via Fatherly]


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