A pandemic and near-freezing temps couldn’t scare away Halloween spirits Saturday, as creative methods for contactless distribution — like candy catapults — saved trick-or-treating from cancellation on the first Oct. 31 under COVID-19.
Vince Mak and his 8-year-old son Connor created a crazy candy contraption in York County, Pa., so they could launch sweets into the bags of trick-or-treaters.
“Back in September we thought, ‘Well, what if Halloween doesn’t happen?’ So we thought we have to find a way … to at least get some candy to kids,” Mak said.
The “candypult” was a big hit. Connor, dressed as a ninja, gleefully showered his friends and teen sisters in treats in their front yard.
In Ridgewood, N.J., entrepreneurial twins CJ and Dante Torielli found a similar way to beat their pandemic boredom. They built and sold slides that keep candy-givers and kids 10 feet apart.
The tubes netted a $7 profit for each of the boys, who distributed 30 of them to neighbors.
“I’m excited to help,” Dante said.
“We are basically just trying to keep people safe and happy,” CJ added.
Mother Nature cast an icy spell on the day’s festivities in New York City, where the mercury dipped to 33 degrees Saturday morning. But that couldn’t stop costumed revelers.
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