by Patti Liszkay
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Or I should say mostly not celebrated, as all but a few houses on my street were dark and shuttered against participating in Halloween during the COVID-19 epidemic. And, had I had my say, our house would have been among the unlit Halloween-non-participating affiliation. Which is saying a lot, because I love Halloween.
I love the decorated houses and the neighbors out on their porches or on the sidewalk chatting. I love the activity, the parade of young trick-or-treaters bringing the street to life. And I especially love sitting on the front porch handing out treats to the little ones and even the the not-so-little ones, the serious expressions on the faces of the princesses, super-heroes, witches, ghosts, and animals and their polite, serious little voices - "say trick-or-treat," the older ones encourage their younger siblings - as they hold out their pillow cases and plastic pumpkin buckets and ask for their treats.
It was my hubby Tom who spotted the idea that was making the rounds on the internet for a contactless method of dispensing Halloween treats. It involved securing a length of pipe at an angle from the porch to the sidewalk to make a chute to transport candy from a safe disance directly into the bags of trick-or-treaters.
He bought a ten-foot length of thin plastic 3" pipe from the hardware store and, because our porch lacks a railing, he decided to use a step latter and a stepping stool to anchor the pipe and create the necessary angle.