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Since the kids are not supposed to go up to the door for trick or treating,  at least around here,  I decided to rig up a delivery system using a train.  The video is just a mockup.  The final version will run up to the porch so I can reload without getting up.  It will also have a caboose. Running a Williams diesel conventionally with a Cab-1 and Powermaster.

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@third rail posted:

Did you think of putting up the layout and installing some kind of barrier between the layout and the public?  Maybe like a clear plastic tarp or a window screen barrier.

We will be doing close to the same layout as in past years but there will be some changes. This year it will be much closer to the garage door and when the door is open  the fence will be as close as possible to the door w/o interfereing with the door open safety light. That way no guests in the garage and all the ghouls & goblins as well as their chaperones will outside. The BetterHalf will be handling treat duty with a long pair of tongs for treat distribution. In past years other neighborhood  empty nesters would join us to also pass out treats but this year it appears it will be verbotten.

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I toyed with the train idea, but I can’t see a way to do it without a whole lot of derailments.
I have always sat in my driveway, and I give kids a choice between candy or diecast cars. This year I am putting tables between us, and I whipped up some chutes using old melamine shelves I had in the garage. That way I can do the distance thing, and have a little fun at the same time.

I will be running the 40x60 Halloween layout under a 10x10 pop-up canopy at the foot in front of our porch stairs. My LionChief 0-6-0 engine will be pulling three ore cars. Each child gets 3 pieces of candy. My wife (w/ mask and gloves) will be loading candy on the cars. I will stop the train w/ the remote so each child can collect their candy.

Monday will be a pre-run at our church preschool. At that event, teachers/aides will be loading the candy on the train. I'll just be the guy with the goofy outfit operating the remote.

Wear masks? Kids do it every year on Halloween. Distance? No problem maintaining 6'+. Touchless? A washed gloved hand putting factory sealed candies into a toy train car is about as safe as it gets. Children deserve a sense of normality. It's OK to be careful. Just don't go overboard. If you have suggestions on how to make this safer, I will accept feedback.

@Gilly@N&W posted:

I will be running the 40x60 Halloween layout under a 10x10 pop-up canopy at the foot in front of our porch stairs. My LionChief 0-6-0 engine will be pulling three ore cars. Each child gets 3 pieces of candy. My wife (w/ mask and gloves) will be loading candy on the cars. I will stop the train w/ the remote so each child can collect their candy.

Monday will be a pre-run at our church preschool. At that event, teachers/aides will be loading the candy on the train. I'll just be the guy with the goofy outfit operating the remote.

Wear masks? Kids do it every year on Halloween. Distance? No problem maintaining 6'+. Touchless? A washed gloved hand putting factory sealed candies into a toy train car is about as safe as it gets. Children deserve a sense of normality. It's OK to be careful. Just don't go overboard. If you have suggestions on how to make this safer, I will accept feedback.

Gilly

I think you have it covered.  Thanks for being sane through all this craziness.

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