Coronavirus: Michigan woodworker creates zip line ghost to deliver Halloween goodies

Coronavirus: Michigan woodworker creates zip line ghost to deliver Halloween goodies
A woodworker in Michigan came up with a way to give treats to trick-or-treaters in a safe, socially distanced manner. (Doug Moody/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

With Halloween approaching, the coronavirus pandemic is a concern for parents of trick-or-treaters. However, a Michigan man has come up with a solution to help ensure a safe, socially distanced night.

Matt Thompson, of Garden City, has created a zip line ghost that will deliver candy from his front porch to the sidewalk.

“A little early but here’s my solution for a socially distanced Halloween,” Thompson, who owns Thompson Woodart, wrote on Instagram. “Yes, I asked my family and neighbors to dress up their kids for my silly video. They did get candy out of the deal.”

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The ghost is attached to a zipline, and using some fishing equipment, zooms across the front yard to ferry candy to the waiting children.

Thompson uses a rod and reel to bring the ghost back to the front porch for candy refills. Thompson even built a wood holder to zip beverages to adults walking with their trick-or-treaters.

It’s a nice alternative. While costumed children usually go door to door for Halloween candy, the high-touch nature and closeness among trick-or-treaters are creating concerns.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a memo detailing risk factors regarding the spread of COVID-19 as Halloween approaches.

Read more detailed guidelines from the CDC here, and see more safe options for Halloween activities here.