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This Cincinnati dad created a candy chute for Halloween in a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new issues for people. Giving out candy is one of them.

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A boy looks at the halloween display at the Spirit Halloween store, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 in New York.

A boy looks at the halloween display at the Spirit Halloween store, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 in New York.

Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

Cincinnati dad Andrew Beattie and his wife have a new idea on how to give out candy on Halloween during the pandemic — a candy chute.

  • The couple designed a long tube — which used to be an Amazon container — that runs down the railing of their home’s front steps, according to The Washington Post.
  • The chute allows him to deliver candy right to the trick-or-treater. So Beattie plans to drop candy down the chute for children to pick up.

His idea has gone viral on Facebook with more than 85,000 shares.

  • “I think a big part of (the reaction) is people innately, for the most part, have good intentions and good hearts and want what’s best for each other,” he told The Washington Post. “This was an opportunity for them to see that people were taking a chance to think of ways that we could keep each other a little more safe — looking out for each other and not just ourselves in this time.”
  • “Halloween is typically that time of year that people from all walks of life and all age groups tend to come together and want to have a little bit of fun,” he said. “I love that.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines earlier in September for people on how to handle Halloween, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.

Part of the recommendations include not trick-or-treating at all.

  • The CDC said: “Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.”