A Toronto plumber is helping to make Halloween a bit safer by rigging up an alternative for handing out candy to local trick-or-treaters in his neighbourhood.
Geoff Burke is working to install something called “Candy Chutes” — an inventive way to get candy to kids while practising physical distancing.
“It brings a little bit of joy, and it’s relatively safe,” Burke said.
Made out of basic PVC pipes, the chute is attached to a stair bannister in front of a house.
Residents can stand at the top of the stairs and send down treats to trick-or-treaters, who wait at the bottom with their bags to ensure physical distancing.
In true Halloween fashion, the pipes are spray-painted orange and spiralled with black duct tape to make them look more festive.
Burke launched a fundraising campaign called the Candy Chute Challenge — offering to install the chutes for families in his neighbourhood for a minimum $25 donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Two days later, he received more than 400 requests.
“I was definitely surprised at how quick it got attention,” Burke said.
“I knew there would be some standing behind it, but to have the 400 in the two days was pretty outstanding.”
The idea came after Burke saw an online post of a father in Ohio doing something similar.