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Dad Invents Candy Chute for Kids' Halloween Safety

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Sept. 17, 2020 -- A dad in Cincinnati, OH, came up with a creative way to keep trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween: a 6-foot-long, contactless candy chute.

Andrew Beattie shared a photo of his invention on Facebook, saying it will allow for a fully “touch-free” experience to avoid COVID-19.

“I want our youngins to be able to have some sense of normalcy and maybe a little bit of exercise in all this madness, and I've put a LOT of thought into how to do so safely,” he explains in his post.

Beattie says he made the chute using a cardboard shipping tube, along with some odds and ends lying around the house, and it took him only about 20 minutes, from start to finish.

While many people applauded the idea in the comments section, others voiced concerns about how “contactless” the chute could really be.

“I, personally, will be wearing a mask and changing gloves frequently,” Beattie assured those asking questions. “And the candy will be from a factory-sealed bag that I'll open outside by the candy chute.”

Beattie says the chute could allow kids with mobility challenges an easier and safer way to trick-or-treat, too.

The CDC still recommends that people stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid crowded gatherings.

The Halloween & Costume Association suggests that trick-or-treaters practice social distancing and wear a proper face covering -- even if their costume includes a mask.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on September 17, 2020

Sources

Facebook: Andrew Beattie, Sept. 12, 2020.

CDC: “Tips for Social Distancing.”

Halloween & Costume Association: Halloween 2020.

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