Ohio Man Creates ‘Candy Chute’ To Help With Socially Distant Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is only a little over a month away. Our kids are already thinking about their costumes, but as parents, we’re wondering if they’re going to have anywhere to wear those costumes this year.

With the coronavirus pandemic not ending anytime soon, social distancing might make our normal Halloween plans difficult in 2020. A party with friends is clearly not going to happen. Many kids are doing school online instead of in-person, so they can’t even wear their costumes to school. 

Then we get to the most popular Halloween activity of all – trick-or-treating. A year without trick-or-treating seems unthinkable, but many people are thinking about skipping the activity this year. Parents are worried about their children’s safety, and homeowners are worried about keeping a safe 6 foot distance from all those cute children while handing out candy.

We’ve already shown you how one family built a candy slide that looks like a mummy handing out candy, but perhaps those plans are a little bit too complicated for most of us. Now, we have another example of the same concept but a much simpler and less expensive plan.

Andrew Beattie built a candy chute for Halloween using a shipping tube he already had. He spraypainted it orange and wrapped some black tape around it. Easy. Perfect. Mission accomplished.

Beattie posted a picture of the candy chute on Facebook just 4 days ago, and his post already has more than 9,000 comments and 73,000 shares. He is overwhelmed at the positive response about his candy chute.

As you can see from the picture, Beattie has stairs leading up to his house. Not only will this candy chute help with social distancing, but even in a normal year, it would make it easier for everyone to get candy, especially anyone who has trouble climbing up and down stairs. As Beattie wrote, “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?”

Watch the interview below to hear more about why Beattie created this candy chute.

Many families are hopeful that out-of-the-box thinking like a candy chute will make Halloween as close to normal as possible this year. One comment on Beattie’s Facebook post reads, “That’s fantastic! Great idea and the kids will love that. I also hope the kids can enjoy some normalcy for Halloween!! Thanks for sharing your great idea!”

Another person wrote, “Great! Kids will just take it as a fun way to get candy. Thanks for sharing.”

Do you think more people should create candy chutes to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters this year? If you have young children, are you going to let them go trick-or-treating this year?