NJ flooring store's idea for socially distanced trick-or-treating: carpet tubes

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Friday, October 9, 2020
NJ flooring store's ingenious solution for trick-or-treating safety
Toni Yates has the details of a New Jersey flooring store and it's ingenious solution for a socially distanced trick-or-treat on Halloween.

OCEAN TWP., New Jersey -- A flooring store in Monmouth County, New Jersey is helping families trick-or-treat safely this Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fox Floors in Ocean Township is offering large cardboard carpet tubes to anyone for free.

The tubes are normally used for shipping and storing rolls of carpet, but after seeing a video online of a man in Ohio using PVC pipe to make candy chutes, Fox Floors owner Marshall Fox got an idea.

Some places are considering no trick-or-treating, but a dad came up with an idea he hopes will keep the tradition alive while also practicing social distancing.

"So I saw that and I was like, 'I have a million carpet tubes laying around that would be perfect to do the same thing with the tubes,'" Fox said.

Fox then had his own viral moment after posting the idea on social media.

And customers are loving the concept!

Neptune resident Anne Lucas already has a plan for the carpet tube.

"The plan is, hopefully, maybe make it a cannon theme and then be able to slide the candy down to the kids who come around. I think it's great, we have a pirate theme," Lucas said.

Ann Hedinger was told about the trick-or-treat tube by her daughter.

"My daughter just showed me some on Instagram; she showed me some that were painted. She said, 'Can you get me one?'" Hedinger said.

Fox is on the road a lot for work so sometimes the task is left to his parents.

"I said, 'guys, be prepared. People are going to be coming in for these tubes.' So when I'm not here, the other day my mom was cutting one for somebody," Fox said.

Fox is offering the tubes for free, while supplies last, but he is accepting donations that will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of his son's best friend who is battling cancer and who used his wish to benefit other kids in the hospital.

Make-A-Wish has granted hundreds of thousands of wishes for kids across the country. Now, a New Jersey teen is using his wish to help other kids spending time in the hospital.