One of the things I've been chatting about with my co-workers has been the topic of Halloween. Unfortunately, we've had to cancel our annual Halloween parade in Downtown Binghamton for this year, but have hopes of it's return in 2021.

We have discussed the possibility of Halloween being much different this year due to the pandemic. What would each state decide as to whether to go ahead with a normal Halloween or would there be restrictions or possibly an all out cancellation.

The state of California has put the brakes on Halloween. As far as I know, in Pennsylvania, there is no such order, but some communities have cancelled some plans such as parades.

In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he would not ban trick or treating. There may be some guidelines set forth to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

With the fact that New York has given the green light to trick or treat, now is the time to come up with some creative ideas to safely hand out candy. Well, according to in Knoxville, Tennessee, one person in Ohio has come up with a genius idea.

This person has steps and a railing leading from his front door to the sidewalk. To solve the problem of handing out candy while social distancing, he secured a shipping chute to one of the railings and painted it Halloween orange. reports that when people stop by, a sign instructs them where to place their bag to catch the candy coming down the chute.

That's an awesome idea. I might do the same since I also have stairs and railings leading from my front door to the sidewalk. I think it would be fun, and will be possible for me, since for the first time in over 30 years, I will most likely be home for Halloween. The annual school Halloween dance I DJ at, will most likely be cancelled this year. I will be sad about that.


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