By Tim Marcin2020-10-24 11:00:00 UTC
It’s a weird time.
The coronavirus pandemic rages on and it could care less about our favorite holidays.
So, yeah, Halloween will be a bit more complicated this year.
We’ve already outlined ways you can attempt to celebrate Halloween safely, but what about trick-or-treating?
Traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating is probably a bad idea. It’s high risk. But if you feel like you must take kids trick-or-treating, you should at least make sure everyone is masked up and distanced.
“I think if people really want to go and have that traditional experience, just make sure to wear a mask, stay in your group or your bubble, and not come within six feet of other people,” Dr. Mariea Snell, assistant director of the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Maryville University, told Mashable. “If you’re ringing a doorbell to trick-or-treat, you should take six steps back after you’ve done that so you’re not too close to someone in their home.”
But what if…you got a little more creative than a six-foot drop-off? Folks all over the country have come up with interesting candy-delivery systems. We collected a seven of our favorite ideas.
1. A zip line
This one delivers candy as well as adult beverages for the chaperone.
2. A themed candy chute
I mean come on: look at this space ship. Amazing.
You could make any number of shoots made to look like something else. This is by far the preferred method for people, it seems. We collected a few of our favorites.
I bought an aluminum clothes dryer vent & decorated it for Halloween. Also decorated the fence & gate. I can stand up on our front porch & fling candies down the shoot into their bags/ baskets. If we don’t get that many trick-or-treaters & I have candy left over, oh well 🤷♀️🍫. pic.twitter.com/PDhFnoBSWQ
— Gretchen Lindquist #MaskItOrCasket (@GretchenL0703) October 21, 2020
3. A candy drone
OK, this is extreme but also not impossible! Candy drone! Get wild, it’s 2020.
Halloween candy drone delivery (for self isolating kids) test 1.Drone worked perfectly but the sides of the bag ripped on impact with the ground causing two sweets to spill.We tried it again and it worked but need to revisit / improve bag strength.Any ideas folks? pic.twitter.com/ptnmR8NAfe
— Noxy @ Hypixel Studios (@Noxywoxy) October 18, 2020
4. Candy slingshot
Please, God, don’t actually do this but also…I don’t know…might be cool.
To honor social distancing, this year I will be participating in ‘Trick or Yeet’, where I just slingshot candy out the window at kids wearing costumes.
— EMZOTIC (@emzoticofficial) October 22, 2020
this halloween you should be allowed to sling shot candy at kids from your porch
— kelbin (@pissboymcgee) October 22, 2020
5. Make a candy cannon, which is apparently a thing?
This is not totally practical but if you can pull it off, it would technically work. Kids would never forget it.
I had so much fun shooting my story today! Halloween will clearly look different this year but one family is getting with the times and created a candy cannon and a robot for a socially distant Halloween! @kvueThis is the candy cannon! 🍬🍭 pic.twitter.com/TxAC1V80J9
— Daranesha Herron (@Daraneshatv) September 26, 2020
6. A candy RC car
I haven’t seen this idea floated online recently, but it’s clearly possible to deliver candy with a remote-controlled car. Look at this viral video from last year.
7. Leave goodie bags
This is the most simple, albeit not quite as fun, idea. If you individually wrap goodie bags of candy, families can come and grab one per kid. Not wildly creative but definitely safer than close-up, in-person trick-or-treating.