Locals Create Safe Trick-or-Treating Option This Year

2020 has been a difficult year. We’ve had to cancel plans, postpone special events, and forgo seeing our friends and loved ones indefinitely. With COVID-19 showing no signs of waning any time soon, Halloween celebrators across the nation have been devising creative ways to safely deliver candy to trick-or-treaters.

The safest and most popular creation has been the candy chute. A candy chute allows residents to slide candy down a PVC pipe and straight into a trick-or-treater’s bucket, thus minimizing contact and the possible spread of the virus.

The candy chute trend is strong in Washington, especially in the South Sound. Tacoma Candy Chute Network, which launched at the end of September, has amassed over 2,000 members on its Facebook group.

“This group was created because I know how hard this year has been on everyone, kids included,” Tacoma Candy Chute Network founder Kass Hodorowski said in a post in the Facebook group. “Let’s make sure they have a good safe way to have a bit of fun. Safety is #1, keep that always in mind.”

The group’s goal, like the Seattle Trick-or-Treat group and others, is to create a safe and fun Halloween. The Seattle Trick-or-Treat group also includes Eastside cities such as Edmonds, Mill Creek, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, and more.

“Welcome to… (the) Tacoma Candy Chute Network, aka Let’s Save Halloween,” according to the group’s website. “We want to create a fun and safe Halloween for our families and communities this year.”

Google map of South Sound residents participating in the Tacoma Candy Network. Courtesy of the Tacoma Candy Network website

As part of the group, members can add their residencies to a Google map — signifying that they will be participating. To date, there are nearly 400 residents registered.

To learn more about Tacoma Candy Chute Network, visit the website or visit the Facebook group.

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