Make the Halloween party as normal as possible in the midst of a pandemic to spoil the little monsters, that’s what thousands of Quebecers have decided to do by distributing them candy thanks to ingenious stratagems.
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Clotheslines, pipes, slides or even robotic arms: it must be said that Quebecers have redoubled their imagination this year to give away sweets, which were robbed in stores earlier this week. You had to see all those smiles on their faces on Saturday to understand how much the party has done them good in this time of pandemic.
Some did not hesitate to go all out to impress their visitors.
Steve Patenaude, owner of the Teknomega company, a robotics company, programmed an industrial robot disguised as a clown to be installed to give the treats.
“It’s made to replace people for repetitive tasks. He can work with people. He smells of candy bags. Let’s just say it’s not a rudimentary tube, ”explains the man from L’Assomption, who spent four days preparing this system.
Others have more simply used everyday objects to give the bags of sweets.
We could see in particular a pool sink that allowed children to retrieve the treats being two meters away, clotheslines or even … a catapult.
A gorilla clinging to a building in an alley near rue Adam and rue d’Orléans, in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, touched the heads of passers-by and a demonic clown on a stilt with a chainsaw was chasing the most daring who entered this misty alley.
If some latecomers had not yet bought their sweets to give to children on Saturday morning, they may have had a hard time getting any.
Many grocery stores and superstores in Quebec had completely empty candy shelves in the morning, a sign that the little monsters were spoiled in the evening. The pandemic will therefore not have prevented children from having a sweet tooth.
“We don’t have any left since [vendredi]. People came to rob our few remaining boxes at the last minute, but there were already no more varieties. They left fairly quickly in the last few days, ”explains a clerk at a Maxi grocery store in the Beauport borough in Quebec.
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Émile, 7, spent Halloween exceptionally at home rather than in the streets of Terrebonne collecting candy. However, the decision taken as a preventive measure was not easy for his mother, Catherine Bertrand.
“Personally, I think Halloween should have been canceled this year. It would have prevented many people from asking the question, ”she believes, consoling herself by the fact that her son has already celebrated the party in style at school on Friday.