Halloween is just over five weeks away, and with COVID-19 throwing a wrench into everyone's plans for trick-or-treating, one local group wants kids across Waterloo Region to get their hands on candy.
Call it a reversal of the traditional trick-or-treating concept, as "Bring Back Halloween 2020" has plans to bring the candy to you instead.
"We feel, as a group, that the kids have lost a lot this year already," Krystal Degen, organizer for the group told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.
"They need to have stuff come back to them, and know that people are there to help in the community, and to make stuff fun for them."
She said they're accepting monetary donations from the public, as well as donations from businesses to help spread the joy at the spookiest time of the year.
"The reason why we're asking for monetary is the safety of the candy going out to the children," Degen pointed out.
They also need more volunteers.
Currently, Degen said they have 14 to their count, and could use some extra drivers to deliver the candy Halloween night.
"The more volunteers we get that can help out with driving, the less responsibility from a Forest Heights area to go to a Cherry Hill area," she said.
Now, they haven't collaborated with public health officials on this, after public health advised residents against trick-or-treating this year.
But Degen has confirmed they're keeping COVID-19 and physical distancing top of mind.
"Basically, we're not even going into the house," she said, "We're dropping the candy off on the front porches, knocking on the door and we're leaving."
Donations are being accepted until October 30, and if you'd like to get a special delivery Halloween night, you have until October 25 to submit your address and the number of children that will get the treats.
Only homes in Waterloo Region are eligible.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your home, or reach out to help.