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Unless NYS cancels us altogether, I guess we're just doing as usual? We always do goodie bags, I'll just make sure to wipe down my doorbell periodically, wear a mask, and wear some gloves. The only thing I'm very much unsure of at this point, is how much candy to buy. If TOT has the green light, can I expect the same numbers as last year, or will less people be out? I've run out of candy before and it's a horrible feeling, but I don't want to end up with a ton of leftovers either.
I am expecting fewer TOTers, but will buy candy I like frozen (Milky Way Dark, etc) and just use the extra as dessert or cookie bits all year. I love frozen nougat, makes everything better.
 

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I am going to do treat bags like I normally do but plan on staying outside so there is no door congestion/ touching. Weather permitting I am thinking about putting up a covered area with our propane fireplace so I can try to stay dry/ warm. I might make it a witch lair and the have the treat bags in a cauldron where I can make sure kids are taking one but don't have to get too close to them. I haven't heard anything one way or the other about tot allowed or regulations.
That's basically what we are going to do - sit out front with a fire and hand stuff out. We usually put the items/toys on a tray, anyway. We will probably do the same with the candy bars instead of the bowl.
 

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I am making a slide using some vinyl downspout from home Depot. ($10) and a giant skull from Joann's ($12). You can use the same brackets you would use to attach the downspout to your house to some stakes in the lawn. I will paint the downspout black and try to make the skull float in the air?
That's great! That is pretty quick how you acted on that one suggestion I found on YouTube. I see how you could put that near a porch window and then lower the window from the top and put the candy down it and it would end up right in the TOT's bag.


Unless NYS cancels us altogether, I guess we're just doing as usual? We always do goodie bags, I'll just make sure to wipe down my doorbell periodically, wear a mask, and wear some gloves. The only thing I'm very much unsure of at this point, is how much candy to buy. If TOT has the green light, can I expect the same numbers as last year, or will less people be out? I've run out of candy before and it's a horrible feeling, but I don't want to end up with a ton of leftovers either.
I have check locally with my town and they specifically said they are not cancelling anything and they are not putting any restrictions on Trick Or Treating save for the standard social distancing rules. So Halloween is definitely on. With me, when I did a display at my parent's house, the first time in 2009, only had 50 to 60 kids, then the following year that went to about 70 to 80. The third time I did it, I received a whopping 150. And it hovered around that save for the year Hurricane Sandy hit. So when I put the display on at my parent's house, I was regularly buying 4 or 5 of the large 80piece + bags. I would give one piece of candy to small kids, 2 pieces to grade school kids and 3 to teenagers on up. I (typically) run my display from 4-9pm on a weekday and 12 to 8 on a weekend and I was almost out of candy. But when I switched to an apartment in an adjacent town. The first time I bought 4 bags of the same 80 piece bags and I only used 1 and a half bags. In the end I was giving 3 pieces of candy to everyone. Last year, just after Halloween, I moved into a new house and this is my first Halloween here. As I mentioned to jjordan931 above, I already have foreknowledge that not a lot of TOTs come down this street. So given that AND The pandemic issue on top of it, I am only going to buy 2 80 piece bags and do the same 1 piece toddlers, 2 piece Grade School kids, 3 piece teens and adults. If I see things are slow moving and I am sitting on a full bag or more by night fall, then I will increase the amount.


I spent a good portion of my night taking inventory of my Halloween decorations and given how this is going to be a social distanced Halloween, I am not going to go too crazy with props. It is going to be mostly lights and as I said I am planning on reworking the Magic Mirror prop I been using (almost) regularly since 2009. Sadly though, I had a nice long talk with my next door neighbor and she told me that they don't get many TOTs. So that isn't good. So whatever I do, it has to be quick and easy and not cost a lot of money. So I am just crossing my fingers.
 
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I live on a corner in a cul-de-sac and we decorate both our side and front yard. That won't change. Contemplating the PVC chute also but my issue is there are multiple kids that have been coming here since there were small and get their picture with me every year while they are outside the fence and I am in the cemetery. Its a tradition that we all really enjoy and I have a couple new costumes this year. A little witch was really sad last year because the weather was so bad it was the first year I didn't dress up so she didn't get her picture. I still feel bad about it. She was so excited. Not sure how to handle that this year because while a chute will keep us from getting too close, the pics are us only separated by the fence. Guess this year that won't happen or maybe I can stand way back in one of the lights so we are 6 foot apart but can still do the pics. We don't do goody bags because one year we have had close to 400 although numbers are typically nowhere near that high. We had very little out last year due to weather being the worst we have ever had so barring weather issues I have all the new stuff that never went out last year plus I've built all year long so hopefully it will be the biggest year yet decoration-wise even if numbers are way down. Fingers crossed everyone has a great Halloween wherever you are!
 

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I live on a corner in a cul-de-sac and we decorate both our side and front yard. That won't change. Contemplating the PVC chute also but my issue is there are multiple kids that have been coming here since there were small and get their picture with me every year while they are outside the fence and I am in the cemetery. Its a tradition that we all really enjoy and I have a couple new costumes this year. A little witch was really sad last year because the weather was so bad it was the first year I didn't dress up so she didn't get her picture. I still feel bad about it. She was so excited. Not sure how to handle that this year because while a chute will keep us from getting too close, the pics are us only separated by the fence. Guess this year that won't happen or maybe I can stand way back in one of the lights so we are 6 foot apart but can still do the pics. We don't do goody bags because one year we have had close to 400 although numbers are typically nowhere near that high. We had very little out last year due to weather being the worst we have ever had so barring weather issues I have all the new stuff that never went out last year plus I've built all year long so hopefully it will be the biggest year yet decoration-wise even if numbers are way down. Fingers crossed everyone has a great Halloween wherever you are!
Hmmmmmm, I am trying to think here....yes a dangerous pastime...I know. Well, what you could do is some trick photography in which you have a kid stand in specific spot and you are at least 6 feet behind and make like you are putting your arm around the kid. They will look bigger in the shot and you could title it as a "Who shrunk Daphne for Halloween!" Or could be the attack of the 7 foot trick or treaters? Just trying to figure out something for you as a solution to the situation this year. You had 400 kids one year? Oh my! I thought I did will with about 150 that showed one year. But I seriously doubt I would do numbers like that here. My new home is on a road that is parallel to the railroad tracks and as such, there are only half as many houses on this street when compared to a normal street. I am north of the railroad tracks and the street that is south of the tracks gets the main through traffic. While it does make for a quieter road (save for when the trains go through), it makes for less traffic not only by cars, but also by people walking around. I had already confirmed it with a couple neighbors that they don't get many TOTs. So I will be kicking myself if I totally revamp my Magic Mirror routine and only 10 kids show up!

Anyway, good luck this year and hopefully you can come up with solution with taking your pictures and try and enjoy Halloween in light of the situation.

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Your suggestions are great and the Magic Mirror is super cool!! I had 400 one time. Typically it’s 150 to mid 200 give or take. We also have a bunch of adults that don’t want candy, I’ve offered, they just come to see everything. We also get around 4 dogs and a couple of hayrides. Because there’s only a couple of houses in our cul-de-sac, people rarely came to our house so I would sit on the steps yelling “I have candy!” when they went down the main street. Yes, it was pathetic. I could see them but they wouldn’t come because it wasn’t worth the walk. I started building and you know how the saying goes... now my building has just kind of gotten out of hand ha ha. Lots of new families in the neighborhood this year so really excited!
 

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Social gatherings of 7 or more are currently banned here in England so its unlikely its possible dispite children socialising in groups of hundreds at school.
 

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Still decorating and I bought a small catapult to toss the treat bags I will be making to the end of the driveway!
 

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This guy's "invention" for dispensing candy to ToTers at Halloween has gone viral:

They clearly haven't visited this thread yet:

Or this one:
 

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Your suggestions are great and the Magic Mirror is super cool!! I had 400 one time. Typically it’s 150 to mid 200 give or take. We also have a bunch of adults that don’t want candy, I’ve offered, they just come to see everything. We also get around 4 dogs and a couple of hayrides. Because there’s only a couple of houses in our cul-de-sac, people rarely came to our house so I would sit on the steps yelling “I have candy!” when they went down the main street. Yes, it was pathetic. I could see them but they wouldn’t come because it wasn’t worth the walk. I started building and you know how the saying goes... now my building has just kind of gotten out of hand ha ha. Lots of new families in the neighborhood this year so really excited!
Thank you, although I cannot claim credit on the concept of the Magic Mirror, only the execution of my iteration of it. The concept behind it is all Imagineerieing. I just loved the idea and gave it my own personality. One of the later additions was that I have Vlen tell one liner Halloween themed jokes, such as "What does a Jack-O-Lantern use to fix a hole in his side? A= A Pumpkin Patch!" Jokes like that. But yeah, my hat goes off to you for getting that many TOTs in one year. Even the 150 - 200 is very admirable. For me the 150 was pretty much like your 400 fluke. It was a one time thing and after that year, the typical numbers were about 80 to 100. But that was at my parent's place. Here, in the town I am now, I have not been so lucky. The new house I bought is in the same town as the apartment I had. In fact it is the same style house. I just replaced the main road with a railroad and I don't have any idiotic deadbeats living above me now. It is overall nicer and it is mine.

Sounds like an interesting area if you have hayrides this time of year. Over here in NY, the only place you will get a hayride is if you go to a Halloween event on a farm or a pumpkin picking. A big thing for families with kids is Schmitt Farms:


As you see right with the main picture, they feature a hayride, pumpkin picking, a huge haystack pyramid for kids to climb over, there is a treasure hunt style corn maze and a playground of all huge wooden trucks and other styles of farm equipment. They have the billboard face cutouts for pictures. It is a pretty nice place. And at night they open up the haunted house for the older kids and adults. They also have haunted maze at night. It is an awesome place. I have not gone there in a couple years because there is kind of a gap between the kids events and teen/adult events at night. So the daytime events become too old for the 11-14 year olds, but that is still a bit young for the scarier events at night. Sadly my kids fall in this range and that is why I have not been there in a while. But I think next year, hopefully this Covid crap will be over and then I will take my family there again.

There are a few more farmlike places that hayridess and even haunted ones. I have not tried them yet, but there is plenty to do here around Halloween.

Well, good luck and hopefully you will have a decent turnout this year. I am not sure how I will do, but I know it will not be like past years at my parent's place. I am starting all over and fresh here.

Cheers!

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This guy's "invention" for dispensing candy to ToTers at Halloween has gone viral:

They clearly haven't visited this thread yet:

Or this one:
RCIAG....why do you sound familiar? I see that screen name and it is ringing a bell for some reason. Were you one of the haunters here that also had a Magic Mirror? Forgive me if I did forget, I have not been here since 2016, so that is a long time to be away and my memory might be leaking a bit.

Anyway, I do like that idea for the chute to tie it right to the handrail. It is also nicely decorated. As for the other ideas, the clothesline idea is cool and original, but it is going to be very slow to execute. I mean think about it; you clip a SINGLE piece of candy to a clothes pin, then winch it out to the TOT, it releases the candy (hopefully) into the TOT's bag and then you have to winch it back and rinse and repeat. It just will take too long. And forget the candy cannon, that is a lawsuit in waiting.

Still decorating and I bought a small catapult to toss the treat bags I will be making to the end of the driveway!
As I JUST finished saying above in regards to the "candy cannon", please be careful and make extra sure the candy bags cannot hit anyone.

Going back to the chute, I like the way that guy had it decorated, and perhaps I will go with that to fancy up the chute for my Magic Mirror. As of now I am still trying to determine a good layout of how I am going to place things in my garage.

Anyway, these are nice finds and thanks for the submission, I am sure it will help others out as they are trying to figure out ways to hand out candy this year that is safe and compliant with the rules associated with social distancing this year.

Cheers!
 

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Hello all,

I had figured there would be many topics here in regards to how people are going to handle Trick Or Treating this year in lieu of the pandemic, but I have not found anything so far.

I have been a fellow Halloween forum follower in the past, but I had left the forum in 2015. Much was going on in my life since then as both my mother and father passed away and I ended up selling their house in 2018. That house was where I put on my Halloween displays since 2009. However with the money I received from selling their home, I bought a new one in the town I was renting a house. Ironically, I ended up buying the same style house, an in-line ranch. So now with my own place, I figured I could do what I want and really go big for Halloween 2020. Guess what...Pandemic Covid-19. So this put me in a situation in that I really have nothing planned for this year save for putting some decorations out, but I was not sure if the lockdown would affect Trick Or Treaters this year. So far, my location in New York, there is nothing said about a curfew or lockdown on trick or treating this year. So I am assuming at this late in the game that I would have heard something by now. So I am assuming Halloween is going to go on with Trick Or Treaters having to follow standard pandemic social distancing rules.

So with it seeming like Halloween is a go this year, I am pretty much drawing a blank at what to do for social distancing. One thing that comes to mind is that I could adapt my main attraction, the Magic Mirror, to be socially distant. As it is, since I no longer have my parent's home, I have to reconfigure the entire setup for the new home. The problem is that I fear it will be expensive. I am currently in furlough and I been out of work since March and I am relying on a much reduced income from Unemployment. While I am still considering it as an option, I am curious to what others are planning to be safe this Halloween season.

So in closing, as my subject says, what are your plans for handling Trick or Treaters this year?
I’m planning to set up my graveyard in the front yard as usual, but gate off the walk to my front door and place the candy bowl stands at the gate; I’ll sit up in the graveyard in a festive costume So I can be socially distanced from the trick or treaters yet still greet them and see their costumes. The only risk I see in this is having to refill the candy bowl much more frequently — what kid doesn’t want a huge double fistful of candy? You might have a more elaborate set up than me (love that you have a ‘main attraction’ among other things— how cool!). I do far more decorating inside than out, but my haunted graveyard and hearse will still strike an eery mood! Good luck and have fun!
 

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I’m planning to set up my graveyard in the front yard as usual, but gate off the walk to my front door and place the candy bowl stands at the gate; I’ll sit up in the graveyard in a festive costume So I can be socially distanced from the trick or treaters yet still greet them and see their costumes. The only risk I see in this is having to refill the candy bowl much more frequently — what kid doesn’t want a huge double fistful of candy?
I am big on signs and I you put a sign to take 3 or 4 pieces of candy AND you are there, they might think twice about doing that. But if you are not there, then I can see that happening. If you are worried about that especially if you have to walk a way for moment, don't put a whole bag full of candy out at once. Just fill up the bottom of the bowl. Some kids might think you are running low and again, think twice about taking so much. And for those that don't have scruples, if they end up double fisting it, at least it will not be your entire candy supply.

You might have a more elaborate set up than me (love that you have a ‘main attraction’ among other things— how cool!). I do far more decorating inside than out, but my haunted graveyard and hearse will still strike an eery mood! Good luck and have fun!
Thank you. Early on, I had a lot of hand made stuff in my display. The smaller stuff I bought, but when it came to larger things like the Magic Mirror, Singing Pumpkins, and the Creep Machine, I made those all myself. Again, giving credit where it is due, the Magic Mirror is Imagineerieing's idea. But the facade was my own creation. Haunted Graveyards are always fun and you say you have a hearse as well? THAT's cool. I find those that go the extra mile with lighting is what makes a graveyard display stand out. Fog machines, or better yet, dry ice machines really make things eerie. The back yard of my new home has much potential and the further back you go, the eerier it looks. In the far corner of the backyard is my shed and that thing is screaming mausoleum and I could stuff a flying crank ghost in there. The only bad thing is that there is no power back there, so either I have to run a long extension cord or go battery operated. But that is for another year. Since this is a new home, I am not going to go too crazy. As it is I am wracking my brain out on creating a new facade for the magic mirror. I already ran into a few problems and I am just in the early planning stages. But I am still a whole month early so I am sure it will come together.

Hope things go well for you this year.

BTW, if you could post some pictures of your graveyard this year and show how are you are social distancing yourself, it might help others get some ideas as well.
 
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audience may change.. But the show must go on. We are putting up our usual yard display (starting this weekend). But, no indoor haunted house and no party. Booo!

Then hand out candy bags via a candy chute.

Fyi: I came across this "Halloween Safe Map" sponsored by the Hersey's candy co.

Check it out... www.halloween2020.org

Happy Haunting!
 

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audience may change.. But the show must go on. We are putting up our usual yard display (starting this weekend). But, no indoor haunted house and no party. Booo!

Then hand out candy bags via a candy chute.

Fyi: I came across this "Halloween Safe Map" sponsored by the Hersey's candy co.

Check it out... www.halloween2020.org

Happy Haunting!
That is cool, thank you for sharing. I looked myself up and I am in a Yellow Zone and that certainly makes sense as my town is not cancelling any Halloween events. Ironically the famous NYC Halloween Parade is the only thing that was cancelled.

So far it does seem like the candy chute is the favored plan here so far. "Yeeting" candy (either by hand or machine) has its risks and unless it can be done safely, I don't recommend it.
 
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One the catapult gets here i will be deciding the best option. Actually considering small soft squishy toys as an alternative - that way if I dont have a lot of kids, they will keep until next year. There won’t be kids in the “landing zone” regardless. I’ll have a large container for the items to land in and then the kids can go retrieve their goodies.
 

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The ideas for the chutes are great but I am just planning on reaching out of a window on my porch with a large full length monster glove on my arm( I found one on eBay that is very easy to grasp things with) and there will be 2 layers of see through black material between me and the kids and behind me blackout curtains. The light will be on them so hopefully they cant see me. I will also wear a mask of course, I also got some of those bloody footprint decals I will place every 6 feet up my walkway, I think everyone now a days knows what decals on the ground stand for. I will also be using a voice changing box so I can talk to the kids with a scary voice.
 
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