This Family Created a Candy Slide for a Safe, Socially Distanced Halloween
Halloween celebrations will look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with parties being replaced in favor of spooky movie marathons at home. One family came up with a super creative way to safely dole out candy to trick-or-treaters: a DIY candy slide that allows them to pass treats through without hand-to-hand contact, sharing how others can make one, too, with a little handiwork and a lot of creativity.
DIY gurus Jaimie and Jay of The Wicked Makers specialize in Halloween props and decor, showing off their projects on their YouTube channel. They look forward to spooky season all year long, and wanted to figure out a way to keep the Halloween spirit alive this year while keeping themselves and neighborhood families safe. The couple used various sizes of PVC piping and connectors (along with ample hot glue) to create a candy slide, allowing them to stand at one end of the slide and distribute goodies to trick-or-treaters, all while maintaining social distancing measures.
The pair admit that the project is easier done with power tools than by hand, but if you’ve got the patience, a steady hand, and some time to work with, you can create just about any design your heart desires.
First, they created two pipe stands on which to situate the candy slide, spray painting them black. They then added the slide, decorating it with a mummy/skeleton theme, using props and supplies you could get at any craft store or online. The best part is that the slide can be customized to any theme you like, from witches to spiderwebs or whatever you can dream up.
They shared the exact supplies they used (including measurements) in the description section of the video. The project wasn’t without some snags—PVC glue turned out to be more of a trick than a treat—but it was a total success in the end. They invited some children from their neighborhood to test it out, having them place their trick-or-treat bags at the bottom of the slide, and it worked like a charm, proving that everyone’s favorite Halloween tradition can still be safe and fun—provided that masks are worn and trick-or-treaters keep distance from those around them.
This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: This Family Created a Candy Slide for a Safe, Socially Distanced Halloween