Hoboken Saves Halloween With Candy Chutes

Caren Lissner
·2 min read

HOBOKEN, NJ — The city of Hoboken, N.J. — which has 53,000 people in one square mile across the river from Manhattan — always finds ways to get into the Halloween spirit, often distributing gobs of candy from its stores and brownstones.

This year, the city's longtime Ragamuffin Parade was canceled and the mayor advised against trick-or-treating amid coronavirus, but residents of the mile-square city decorated their houses in amusing ways to entertain the kids and amuse parents. And then, on that day, they added something else: Candy chutes.


Solo party cups and tape.
Solo party cups and tape.

One clever pair in a second-story apartment on the main street, Washington Street, taped together a series of Solo party cups to turn them into a chute, sending candy from their window to the sidewalk. Others tied chutes to the railings of their steps.

Ring bell for candy.
Ring bell for candy.


See above for the photos. And click here and see below for some hilariously decorated houses reflecting parents tired of quarantine.


The kids are home on remote learning, and things are tough all over.
The kids are home on remote learning, and things are tough all over.

There's still plenty to do in the area to celebrate fall. See this list of Hoboken-area pumpkin patches here, and other area activities here.

For Hoboken coronavirus statistics, and where to get tested, read here.

Not all is fun and games in the mile-square city, though. This past week, the mayor of Hoboken changed the closing time of bars and restaurants from 3 a.m. to midnight, hoping to cut down drunken crowds, especially on Halloween weekend. He is also hoping the City Council will pass a $1,000 fine for crowded house parties.

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This article originally appeared on the Hoboken Patch