5 Clever Ways Halloween Is Going Contactless

October 30, 2020

While protecting each other from COVID-19 is still a concern this fall, many homeowners have found creative ways to keep Halloween fun, whether by keeping each other at a safe distance or by going contactless. From two-story candy chutes to robot deliveries, Americans are getting clever with how they pass out sweets. Here a few of the most clever ideas we found across the internet for safer ways to celebrate.

1. Build a candy chute.

A candy chute from your front porch is one of the hottest Halloween trends of the year. Homeowners are rushing to build their own by using hollow PVC pipes that they can use to send down treats flying into children’s open bags. The candy chutes allow homeowners to distribute candy while remaining several feet away. Some homeowners are also decorating their candy chutes in elaborate ways. Check out some of these examples.





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Another way to deliver candy from a distance: Use a robot. That’s what homeowner Luke Keyes of Austin, Texas, plans to do in his neighborhood. His robot can deliver treats on a tray directly to children.


2. Use no-touch candy grabbers.

Some homeowners are handing their children a grabber pickup tool that will allow them to extend their reach into candy bowls by as much as 3 feet. Here’s a sample one on Amazon. Or, they're giving children tongs to use instead of using their hands to reach into a candy bowl.

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3. Try a scavenger hunt.

Some homeowners are forgoing traditional trick-or-treating from house to house and instead are planning a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. They may leave little clues throughout the house that children can follow to uncover a hidden candy stash. Here’s a sample Halloween-themed scavenger hunt for inspiration. Or, homeowners can create a candy graveyard that is scattered with eggs containing candy inside that children can hunt for.

4. Leave candy out safely.

Medical experts are advising against leaving treats in a bucket or bowl that all trick-or-treaters put their hands into. They’re also advising against one person handing out treats from a doorstep. Instead, spread candy out across a table at the end of a driveway. Place candy in individually wrapped goodie bags for children to take without interaction. Some homeowners say they may throw a bed sheet out in their yard and scatter candy on it for children to take. Or take it up a notch: Fun365, a website filled with craft and DIY project ideas, suggests creating a no-contact candy hedge. Use a faux hedge and clip candy on to it. Here’s how to make one. Or try candy sticking, using skewer sticks to attach candy to the edges. Then, stake the candy out around your yard for children to come and take.

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5. Plan a reverse trick-or-treating event.

Some neighborhoods are taking part in reverse trick-or-treating this year. In a nod to the car parade phenomena during the pandemic, reverse trick-or-treating takes a similar approach with children standing in their yards while adults drive past and toss candy from the car window.