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Giant tube to deliver Halloween treats to Port Coquitlam kids during COVID-19

PoCo grandpa tapes two PVC pipes together to create a safe way to deliver treats

Do-it-yourselfers might want to replicate Ray McCurrach’s candy slide for this Halloween’s festivities.

The Port Coquitlam man created a treat tube out of two eight-foot-long pieces of PVC pipe and then painted the candy dispenser orange to provide a social-distanced way of handing out candy to neighbourhood children.

“I saw someone had done something similar, but it was quite small,” said McCurrach, who said his Larch Way street in the Birchland neighbourhood always puts on a big display for Halloween and up to 150 kids sometimes show up.

McCurrach also experimented with different types of candies and found out little chocolate bars slide best down the four inch diameter pipe, compared to bags of Skittles, which tend to get stuck.

Port Coquitlam COVID-19 candy tube
This bright orange candy slide will ensure Port Coquitlam children get their Halloween candy safely. Built by Ray McCurrach for his house at 3007 Larch Way, the tube will send chocolate bars into a bucket for kids to collect for their trick or treat bags. - Submitted

Celebrating Halloween safely is part of this year’s COVID-19 recommendations and the BC Centre for Disease Control is recommending that candy be passed out by homeowners wearing masks and presenting the treats on trays, along with tongs, or in a candy slide.

McCurrach said he wanted to do his part to make Halloween safe this year.

“We figured maybe kids if they see it or their parents do they would be a little bit more comfortable coming to our house,” McCurrach told the Tri-City News.

The candy tube will also be lit up so families can see it easily.

The house with the special candy tube is located at 3007 Larch Way in the Birchland neighbourhood.

McCurrach is the husband of PoCo councillor Nancy McCurrach.