I guess I’d better stop snacking on the mini chocolate bars “hiding” on top of the fridge, because Halloween in Montreal is on! With restrictions, of course. Now is the time to get a little creative in the ways to hand out candy.
In his October 15 news conference, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that trick-or-treating will be permitted across the province on October 31— but no parties for adults.
“It wasn’t easy for the last eight months for our children,” he acknowledged while announcing new measures surrounding the annual tradition. “There will be some guidelines to follow, but it’s very important to allow our children to celebrate Halloween.”
While parties are forbidden this year due to the pandemic, kids can still enjoy dressing up in their scariest (or cutest) costumes and collecting goodies door-to-door, as long as certain public health regulations are followed.
Legault emphasized that children should only celebrate with members of their own household, and that people handing out candy must stay two metres away from trick-or-treaters.
If you’re going to hand out candy this year, here are some creative ways to ensure a safer trick-or-treating experience for everyone.
Safe and accessible
Make this Halloween season safe and inclusive for everyone by following the curb-side trick-or-treating playbook from Treat Accessibility. Founded by Rich Padulo and his family in 2017, the program has grown every year to include homes all across Canada. Simply place the downloadable 2020 Accessible Trick or Treating sign on your front lawn to let neighbours know that your home is accessible for all trick-or-treaters, and that safe physical-distancing measures are in place.
A simple and effective chute made from PVC pipe or cardboard tubing creates a distribution system that lets you pass out candy while maintaining physical distancing. Attach the tube to a stair railing in front of your house, and use tongs to pick up and send treats flying down to waiting children. Super fun! Different materials and methods have made the rounds on social media, with Toronto plumber Geoff Burke having popularized it in Canada with his colourful and charitable Candy Chute Challenge. What design can you come up with?
Check out this Youtube video from Good Morning America that gives instructions on making a skeleton inspired slide.
Let it fly!
After watching this viral video (see below) of a Michigan dad who built his own zipline system, my husband has been inspired to try making one himself (minus the beer caddy!)
Scour the aisles of the hardware store for clothesline parts and fishing line to make your own awesome candy-dispensing contraption. No doorbell ringing required!
Originally started by church groups to offer a safer environment for trick-or-treaters, and as an option for rural areas where homes are far apart, trunk-or-treats could be a good alternative for apartment or condo buildings.
Park your car in your building’s parking lot and let kids snag individually wrapped candies as they pass by. If you have your own kids, how about decorating the car instead of the hallways and doors?
Whatever way you decide to hand out candy, make sure that it’s a safe and fun evening for all.