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 is a 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 Halloween decor.