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Downers Grove

Candy chute: Downers Grove family gets creative for Halloween

Chris and Lis Sucharda have installed a candy chute outside their Downers Grove home in order to dispense candy to trick-or-treaters in a socially distant way on Halloween. The chute, made of PVC pipe, was inserted into the mouth of a werewolf mask.
Chris and Lis Sucharda have installed a candy chute outside their Downers Grove home in order to dispense candy to trick-or-treaters in a socially distant way on Halloween. The chute, made of PVC pipe, was inserted into the mouth of a werewolf mask.

DOWNERS GROVE - A Downers Grove family has gotten creative in how they’re handing out candy this Halloween by creating a candy chute for trick-or-treaters.

Lis and Chris Sucharda built the chute because they love both love the holiday and still wanted to hand out candy while being socially distant.

“The whole point of it was to try to spread as much joy as we can in a safe and responsible manner, and try to keep a little bit of normalcy,” Lis said.

The candy chute is about seven feet long and was made using a PVC pipe. Lis said they used sandpaper and brown spray paint so the chute wouldn’t seem so boring. Attached at the bottom of the chute is a werewolf mask with the pipe sticking through its mouth attached to a scarecrow.

“Funny, we didn't initially intend on making a scarecrow underneath the chute, it just looks silly without it,” Chris said.

Lis and Chris said they plan to sit on their front porch throughout the evening whenever trick-or-treaters come by.

“We'll still interact with them, but it will just be from a safe distance,” Lis said. “We'll see that the trick-or-treaters are there, just from being outside and then we'll use either tongs or rubber gloves to take the candy from our bowl and put it down the chute.”

They also said that they plan to decorate the stair leading up to their house with pumpkins and other decorations to give off the impression to stay by the end of the chute. Lis said while they don’t have children, they still love spreading Halloween joy.

“I think it's really important to still try to celebrate the occasion,” Lis said. “Also, to have a little levity in this world right now with everything going on and if we can create an environment that keeps the participants safe and ourselves safe then we’re happy to do it.”

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