October 20, 2021 – 7:00 a.m.
To some, a leaf blower may seem like an innocent garden tool. For a couple in Kamloops, it’s a weapon of mass distribution of Halloween candy.
When COVID put pressure on the trick or treat last year, the couple found a creative way to scatter the candy while maintaining social distancing. The Candy Cannon was blowing candy out of the darkness that would hit a hanging sheet and fall into greedy little hands.
This year the couple are pulling out the barrel again and have a new idea for older kids.
Grandparents of four, Grant and Michelle Fraser have lived in Kamloops for years and said they love to entertain the kids on Halloween.
âGrant is the master cannon, he loves to build and invent things,â Michelle said. âIt’s actually just a reworked leaf blower but it’s really fun. It was so successful last year that we’re doing it again.
The Frasers have said they will keep the sheet to catch candy for little kids this year, but the Candy Cannon will become more of a weapon for older kids.
âWe’re just going to shoot the older kids candy and see if they can grab something,â Michelle said. âWe will put a glow stick around the leaf blower to give them a sporting chance. ”
The Frasers weren’t the only ones who came up with ideas for COVID tricks or creative treatments. Residents of Kamloops and the Okanagan have invented candy falls, slides, catapults, and other entertaining distribution methods.
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Some residents have built slides and slides where cheaters ring the doorbell and hold their bags under the slide.
Last year, Kamloops resident Julian Keresztesi took the medieval road with his candy catapult. The treats are placed in the bucket attached to the arm and sent up into the air as soon as you let go. The candy goes a long way, so the kids will have a bit of running around if they want their treats.
The Frasers said they wanted to continue to find ways to make the occasion special for children, regardless of the pandemic restrictions and were eager to blow them up with candy.
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