Make a Candy Chute for Safer Pandemic Trick-or-Treating

Even if you’re not the type to decorate the outside of your house for Halloween, this year’s must-have trick-or-treating accessory will give your home the unmistakable look of the post-apocalypse—and there’s no need to go out of your way to come up with a theme. Certainly 2020 has been far more chilling than anything you’ll find at Party City.

As a society, we appear as though we’re more than ready to send children door-to-door to trick-or-treat during a global pandemic like tiny, adorably clad disease vectors. We’ve covered some basics of COVID-19 Halloween safety (with more to come), but our focus here today is on one particular delivery mechanism that will allow you to limit contact with the ghouls and goblins who will be approaching your home: the candy chute. Here’s how they work, and how to make one of your own.

How to make a candy chute

In case it’s not clear based on the description, a candy chute is a descriptor for any hollow, tubular object that can be rigged up to facilitate a safer, physically distanced trick-or-treating experience. Here’s how it works: When treat-seekers approach your door on October 31 (or whenever the locally sanctioned day happens to be), instead of handing them pieces of candy or leaving out a giant bowl of (hopefully) individually wrapped treats for them to paw through, you can simply sends the sweets down the candy chute, where they will fall into the hands of the kiddos waiting at the other end, hopefully more than six feet away from you.

There are several different factors that come into play when designing your own candy chute, including the positioning of your front steps and the necessary inclines to facilitate rapid candy movement. Your mission is to find at least six feet of some variety of hollow tubing arrange it to deliver the candy from your doorstep to the trick-or-treaters quickly and reliably.

It may not even be October yet, but there’s already no shortage of instructions for candy chutes floating around incorporating materials ranging from PVC pipes, to vinyl gutters. to cardboard shipping tubes, to more elaborate setups where the chute is incorporated into the overall holiday decor.

It’s up to you to decide how scary you want to make your candy chute, keeping in mind that everyone is likely to be a little more on edge this year. Please Halloween responsibly.

Source: lifehack.com  ~ Image: fox13news.com

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