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Halloween social-distancing creations?

  • 1.  Halloween social-distancing creations?

    Posted 10-21-2020 05:23 PM
    I wanted to share an article that I recently found:
    Virginia man's Halloween social-distancing creation 'goes viral'
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    Virginia man's Halloween social-distancing creation 'goes viral'
    Communities across the country are trying to devise guidelines for kids to trick-or-treat safely in the era of COVID-19 - and some are even banning the Halloween tradition altogether out of an abundance of caution. READ MORE: Anne Arundel County releases Halloween COVID-19 guidance A Virginia man thinks he has the solution - and his clever trick-or-treat device is drawing a lot of attention online.
    View this on FOX 5 DC >


    To summarize the article, an engineer in Virginia created a candy dispensing slide that has gone viral with over 10,000 shares. My favorite quote from the article above is the following: "Sometimes the simplest ideas are the ones that take the world by storm. If you have an idea, a thought, or a way to make things better, don't be afraid to put it out there! Everything that exists today started with a simple idea," Minor said".  It is a great reminder to don't be afraid to share your ideas! 

    Are you planning on building something for this Halloween to dispense candy? And for those who don't celebrate Halloween or aren't building something, I would love to see what other "at-home" projects you have been working on in the responses below! 



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    Danielle Schroeder EIT, A.M.ASCE (She/her)
    Associate Engineer
    Pennoni Associates
    Philadelphia PA
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  • 2.  RE: Halloween social-distancing creations?

    Posted 10-22-2020 09:02 AM
    Creative Halloween decorations!

    Think about many Americans staying home with, relative to pre-pandemic times, having lots of time on their hands, and feeling creative urges. They will gradually drift to their basements and garages and create some of the largest and most colorful outdoor Christmas decorations ever. Six feet of separation between the decorations and viewers -- no problem. Many will view from their cars. My prediction, modestly but confidently offered.

    What do you think?

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    Stu Walesh PhD, PE
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  • 3.  RE: Halloween social-distancing creations?

    Posted 10-27-2020 07:00 PM
    @Stuart Walesh - Great point! I am excited also for the decorations for the upcoming holidays. I know when I was growing up, we lived at the end of a dead end. We had a basketball hoop and every Christmas, we would set up lights using the ​basketball hoop pole at the center to make a Christmas tree out of lights.



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    Danielle Schroeder EIT, A.M.ASCE (She/her)
    Associate Engineer
    Pennoni Associates
    Philadelphia PA
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  • 4.  RE: Halloween social-distancing creations?

    Posted 10-23-2020 09:40 AM
    This is very cool! Here is another fun one I saw not too long ago

    Socially distanced Halloween


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    Tung Nguyen, PhD
    Water Resources Engineer
    Sacramento, CA
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  • 5.  RE: Halloween social-distancing creations?

    Posted 10-27-2020 06:59 PM
    @Tung Nguyen  ​- Thank you for sharing as I had not seen this one yet! I love the use of a fishing line and electric drill to bring the contraption back. This one also gets bonus points in my book for the "treat" for the parents as well!

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    Danielle Schroeder EIT, A.M.ASCE (She/her)
    Associate Engineer
    Pennoni Associates
    Philadelphia PA
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