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NJ flooring company offers free carpet tubes for making Halloween candy chutes, quickly runs out

The owner was inspired by a video he saw online

One man’s trash is another man’s way to give candy to kids.

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As the holiday draws nearer, many families are wondering how Halloween will look this year. But some inventive people have already begun working on clever ways to allow kids to keep trick or treating while also practicing social distancing.

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The owner of a flooring store has decided to give his carpet tubes away for free, after being inspired by an online video in which a man detailed his plans to send candy down six-foot-long chutes on Halloween night, ABC 7 reports.

Realizing that he had the supply of long carpet tubes on hand, Marshall Fox, owner of Fox Floors in New Jersey, told ABC 7 that he wanted to provide them to the community, while supplies last.

And while he’s not charging for the tubes, he is accepting donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in honor of his son’s best friend.

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Fox Floors announced the free-tube giveaway on Facebook, writing, “Fox Floors is happy to supply FREE candy chutes for contactless trick or treating! Get your little ghosts & goblins involved by decorating your own candy chute. Stop by and pick up a 12-foot cardboard carpet tube that can easily be cut to any size! Happy Halloween!”

The idea proved to be quite popular, too. Later that day, the post was updated to reveal that the store had temporarily run out of tubes.

Fox spoke with Fox Business, explaining that he was able to get his hands on more tubes from other carpet stores and companies. He said that interest has been steady, with people regularly coming in or calling the store to ask about the tubes.

While he has been able to get his hands on more tubes, he said he has one more large shipment (50 tubes that he plans on cutting into 100 shorter tubes) and then things may start getting scarce.

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Fox also said that he's happy to be helping families and to be doing something positive. The tubes are giving people something extra to do with their kids and also provide another way to help keep trick or treating alive this year. He's also glad that many people have chosen to donate to the Make-A-Wish foundation, which he says he has a personal interest in (Fox's son's best friend reportedly used his wish from the foundation to get a new TV and video game console for the hospital's common area and Fox was inspired by the selfless act).

Anyone unable to get their hands on a tube shouldn't be too bummed. There are plenty of ways to create candy "chutes" or "slides" without carpet tubing, with some folks even providing online tutorials to help with the idea.