'You saved Halloween': Dad's creative solution to help kids trick-or-treat during COVID-19

The father made a 'candy chute' so kids can still trick or treat.
The father made a 'candy chute' so kids can still trick or treat. Photo: Facebook

Like many celebrations this year, Halloween will be looking a little different.

Not wanting anyone to miss out on the tradition of trick or treating, one dad in the US has come up with a creative solution to make sure the popular activity still takes place in his neighbourhood.

To observe social distancing rules, rather than handing out treats at the door, Andrew Beattie has made a 'candy chute' that runs down the handrail outside his house.

"This will be a completely 'touch-free' experience for trick or treaters," he said in a post to Facebook. "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."

Our 6' candy chute is ready to be attached to the handrail! Come on, Halloween!!! 🎃👻🧙 Edit #1: a quick update, since...

Posted by Andrew Beattie on  Saturday, September 12, 2020

The post took off, being shared over 82,000 times and racking up 35,000 likes since it was posted last week, with people loving the inventive hack.

"What a clever idea,keeping the kids safe. Thank you," said one. 

"Absolutely amazing. Thank you for your genuis idea!! I think this is wonderful! You may have just single-handedly saved Halloween," chimed in another. 

However, some parents expressed their concern over how safe the chute really is.

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"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," Beattie assured concerned commenters.

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

Beattie added that as well as making treat or treating safer, it will also make things easier for people who struggle with the stairs in front of his house.

"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?" the Halloween fan said.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, ya' know?"

In Australia, most states will still be able to trick or treat despite the ongoing pandemic, with Victoria being the only exception. Keen trick-or-treaters will still have to observe social distancing rules and limit the amount of people in public gatherings.