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Montreal Families

Creative ways to hand out Halloween candy

Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treating were a little different the past two years with medical masks and social distancing making the quest for candy a wee bit harder. But with the challenges came creative ways of giving out all those mini chocolate bars and lollipops. Candies made their way into pumpkin buckets and pillowcases by way of pulley systems, candy chutes, and BBQ tongs, which were all a load of fun and made the experience even more enjoyable.

While we may be easing back into “normal” mode, why not continue with these awesome ways of giving out treats? Because watching your Smarties fly down a slide is pretty cool!

Homemade chutes

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. You can rig a slide up outside using your railing or a ladder or use a ground-floor window for an easy way to transfer Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters. 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!

Driveway Trunk-or-Treat

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?

Fenceline candy bags

Take a trusting approach to candy giving by decorating your fence in holiday decor and attaching bags of candy for kids to grab as they come by. Another idea is to hang bags or pieces of candy from a tree or decorate a bush at your front door with treats. To deter the squirrels from having a feast, just make sure you don’t put everything out too early.

Witch’s brew

Double, double toil and trouble. Get into character and be the neighbourhood witch while handing out candy. Use a large toy cauldron filled with candy and hand out treats using an extra-long ladle. Stir, scoop, and cackle as you both scare and delight those little costumed trick-or-treaters and their parents.

Safe and accessible

Make this Halloween safe and inclusive for everyone by following the curb-side trick-or-treating playbook from Treat Accessibly. Founded by Rich Padulo and his family in 2017, the program has grown every year to include homes all across Canada. In 2022, accessible Halloween Villages are also planned in seven cities across Canada. To let neighbours know that your home offers curbside or accessible trick-or-treating, simply place the downloadable 2022 Accessible Trick-or-Treating sign on your front lawn.

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