The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work and how we interact with our family and friends. Keeping distance and maintaining good sanitation and hygiene is the most important thing these days. Festive season is also nearby, but the celebrations for festivals will be done in smaller gatherings with proper measures in place. Halloween is one such festival celebrated across Europe and America on October 31st every year. The festival is marked by dressing up in scary costumes and retelling tales of ghosts and spirits.
The tradition of 'trick or treat' is an integral part of the occasion, wherein children dress up in spooky outfits and knock on their neighbours' doors hoping to be given a sweet treat. Andrew Beattie, a father from West Virginia innovated an interesting technique to dispense candy on Halloween with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Take a look at the post he shared:
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"Our 6' candy chute is ready to be attached to the handrail! Come on, Halloween," wrote Beattie in his post. He wanted children in the neighbourhood to have a 'touch-free' experience when they came over to collect candy. The device he created was a long tube made with cardboard and attached to his home's handrail. The candy could simply be transferred by putting it into the tube, and then it would slide out to the other end into the child's basket. Take a look at the working of the chute:
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The post received 36k likes and counting, as well as 10k comments and 84k shares. Netizens applauded the efforts of the man in devising such a simple solution, which would put to rest the concerned minds of both parents and children. He further explained, "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."
What a great way to make a festival safe for everyone! We hope to see more such efforts to adapt the customs and traditions effectively into the post-Covid world.