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COVID friendly cannons and catapults to launch candy in Kamloops, Okanagan

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To some, a leaf blower might appear to be an innocent garden tool. For a Kamloops couple, it is a weapon of mass Halloween-candy-blasting distribution.

When COVID put a squeeze on trick or treating last year, the couple found a creative way to disperse candy while maintaining a social distance. The Candy Cannon blasted candies out of the darkness that would hit a hanging sheet and drop down into eager little hands.

This year, the couple is rolling out the cannon again, and they have a new idea for the older kids.

Grandparents of four, Grant and Michelle Fraser have lived in Kamloops for years, and they said they love to entertain kids on Halloween.

“Grant is the Cannon Master, he likes to build and invent things,” Michelle said. “It is actually just a reworked leaf blower but it is really fun. It was so successful last year we are doing it again.”

The Frasers said they will keep the sheet up to catch the candies for the little kids this year, but the Candy Cannon will become more of a weapon for the older kids.

“We are just going to fire candy at the older kids and see if they can catch anything,” Michelle said. “We will put a glow stick around the leaf blower to give them a sporting chance.”

The Frasers are not the only ones who have come up with COVID-creative trick-or-treating ideas. Residents in Kamloops and the Okanagan have invented candy chutes, slides, catapults and other entertaining methods of distribution.

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Some residents have constructed slides and chutes where trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell and hold their bags under the chute.

A candy chute in Kamloops, a creative COVID friendly method to hand out candy.
A candy chute in Kamloops, a creative COVID friendly method to hand out candy.
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Kamloops resident Julian Keresztesi went the medieval route with his candy catapult last year. Treats are placed in the bucket attached to the arm, and sent flying as soon as you let it go. The candy goes far, so the kids will have some running to do if they want their treats.

A Halloween candy catapult in Kamloops.
A Halloween candy catapult in Kamloops.
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The Frasers said they want to keep finding ways to make the occasion special for kids regardless of pandemic restrictions and are looking forward to blasting them with candy.


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