While COVID precautions may have sidelined old fashioned trick-or-treating plans, a father in Ohio has a solution to keep the candy flowing.
Andrew Beattie and his 6-year-old daughter built a vibrant orange and black “candy chute” to transport sweet treats to costumed visitors while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
“Our 6′ candy chute is ready to be attached to the handrail! Come on, Halloween!!!” Beattie posted to Facebook.
According to CNN, it took Beattie and his daughter about 20 minutes to create the candy chute, using a large cardboard tube and other items found around their home.
Halloween is high on the list of the father’s favorite holidays. He couldn’t stand the thought of letting a year go by without celebrating in some fashion. By making it easy for trick-or-treaters to keep their distance, Beattie is saving Halloween for others, too.
“This is something that the kids will enjoy and not think of it as I’m doing this to prevent disease. They are doing it to have a good time,” he told CNN. “We need that. We need the community spirit back right now.”
Beattie’s original Facebook post was updated to reassure visitors of any safety concerns.
“This will be a completely ‘touch-free’ experience for trick or treaters,” he wrote. “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.”
Beattie’s post has since been shared more than 85,000 times. He’s excited about the recognition, and says he plans to post other clever and spooky ideas in the “Halloween Hillbilly Facebook Group.”
“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?” Beattie wrote. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, ya’ know.”
While Beattie’s candy chute is impressive enough during the day, seeing it lit up at night adds an entirely new dimension to the experience. It’s going to be one frighteningly fun Halloween at the Beattie household.