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Depending on government edicts in your town or state, Halloween trick-or-treating may or not be permitted on October 31 because of COVID.
A creative Austin, Tex., man is already prepared for a socially distant event for kids, however. He’s reportedly built a candy-delivering robot which he named Arty.
Inventor Luke Keyes began working on the remote-controlled robot in 2012 for another application. He told ABC affiliate KVUE in Austin that “Right now we probably don’t want humans to hand-deliver candy, so why don’t we use a robot for it?” He added that he’s changing things up this time around as contrasted with previous years. “Usually I take my garage and I fill it full of science stuff, blinking lights et cetera, and have all the kids in the neighborhood come by.” Keyes has already beta-tested Arty as depicted in the video embedded below. With his invention, Keyes plans to bring the candy to the kids rather than vice versa.
The North Austin resident who maintains that Halloween is his favorite holiday has developed a candy cannon that purportedly can project the treats at a range of six feet-plus. The device looks similar to what they use to launch T-shirts into the seats in sports stadiums back in the good old days when fans were permitted to attend.
“I love trick-or-treating. To me, I like trick-or-treating a little more than Christmas because at Christmas you give gifts to your friends and family; Halloween, you give gifts to everybody.”
As part of the same report, the TV station detailed how another Austin resident and his neighbors are going to raise cash for the Central Texas Food Bank instead throwing their usual hug Halloween street party for costumed kids. “Take that candy money and turn it into food,” said Adam Butler.
The Keyes family also created Arty! He is a remote-controlled robot they plan to use to deliver candy to trick-or-treaters. 👻 @kvue
The Keyes family said they can't turn their garage into a hunted house because of safety precautions but with Arty, they can still spread joy. pic.twitter.com/vgQv0JupKr
— Daranesha Herron (@Daraneshatv) September 26, 2020
Austin health officials released a statement about Halloween that read, in part, that “It is hard to predict what the spread of COVID-19 will look like by October 31. Right now, Austin-Travis County is in Stage 3 of our Austin Public Health risk-based guidelines, which provide recommendations for personal behavior. In Stage 3, individuals should avoid all social gatherings, which would include gatherings outside of your household such as going door-to-door for Halloween.”
Far-left Los Angeles County in California has already canceled both trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating, the latter which uses cars as the delivery mechanism. Officials have also banned Halloween parties — even those held outside — and haunted house attractions.
In these uncertain times, one contingency that will likely forward with or without a Halloween celebration on October 31 regardless of where you live: Mostly everyone will be wearing masks.
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