Concerns about Halloween are piling up. But so are some pretty creative solutions. Knowing that things will be a little different this year, one Quebec woman has created a contactless trick-or-treating system for Halloween.
Audrey Pelletier is a mother from Belœil who wanted to find a safe way to distribute candy this Halloween.
Though the provincial ministry of health has confirmed that Halloween is still on, officials have not yet issued their list of recommendations for a safe holiday — something Premier François Legault and National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda assure is on the way.
In the absence of official rules, the public has begun suggesting solutions.
Pelletier, for her part, decided to create decorations to facilitate social distancing.
In an interview with Narcity Québec, the Belœil resident said she knows she's setting up pretty early, but that she wanted to inspire people to take similar action.
"I probably look like I'm fast on my Halloween decorations, but this year I wanted to share with everyone an idea I had to make Halloween night fun, but also safe," she said (translated from French).
"I have two girls under two years old, obviously they are too small to understand what is going on with the pandemic, but I stopped and thought of the older ones."
"I asked myself, 'how can I open up and maximize social distancing?' So that's when I thought about the candy chute. A 6-foot PVC pipe, which costs about $20 at Rona. Simple and safe."
But her plan doesn't stop there.
"Then I thought my candies should all be individually wrapped for cleaning by the parents at home. And to make things even easier, I decided to make my candy bags one month in advance, placing them in 'isolation' in a Halloween Ziploc style bag. Again, parents will just have to wash the Ziploc bag."
She has even designed a way to manage the movement of children on her property.
"Of course I had to have an entrance and an exit. I put up two posters to manage the flow of children, they can easily distance themselves with the signage on the ground."
According to Audrey, the children deserve a great Halloween, and she's greatly motivated by her neighbours' reactions since the decorations were installed.
We'll have to wait for public health recommendations before we know if her ingenious plan will be possible, but in the meantime, it certainly gives hope that we'll have a very festive Halloween party this year.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.