Father-son duo create conveyor belt to safely deliver Halloween treats during pandemic – CBS Chicago
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CHICAGO (CBS) – It was a candy like you’ve never seen. A River Forest lawn became a Halloween hit during the pandemic, as it allowed kids to get candy from a distance.
CBS 2’s Marissa Parra tells us how the father-son duo that created her are back this year.
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In this family, the preparation for Halloween begins in the summer.
“We started working on it about 6 months ago in terms of design, we do sketches and drawings,” said David Zimberoff.
Every year for the past eight years, the Zimberoffs have come up with new ideas for dealing with trick-or-treaters.
“Last year it was a big chairlift,” said Sam Zimberoff, 17. “This year it’s a big treadmill for candy.”
“Candy sits on a track and gets pushed; on the way down, falls into a funnel and straight into the bucket, ”he added.
It’s a new candy made from old parts. It’s not just black and orange, they’re also trying to be “greener” – by recycling over 20 bike chains to cover over 60 feet on their lawn.
“I mean, I work in the bicycle business, so I should be using bicycle chains. So this year’s system is figuring out how to deliver using a bicycle chain and recycled parts, ”said David. “The engine is the engine of last year.”
For daddy David and his son Sam, it was a lesson in design; tweak this one to be faster than ever.
“Last year people were so excited about this because it was an activity during COVID that you could do,” David said. “We had hundreds of kids, and it created a huge bottleneck, loading the candies one by one.”
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They wanted to find a way to get the kids candy faster, and Sam found a way.
“The big idea is continuous improvement,” Sam said.
It was a bonding experience which is particularly sweet this year.
“Sam is in his last year of high school and he will be entering college next year,” David said. “What am I going to do next year?” “
“This is another challenge that we are going to face,” Sam said.
Sam is considering colleges on the West Coast, but promises the show – and the father-son bond – won’t go anywhere.
“Beyond the candy slide, his departure is a big deal,” said David.
“This isn’t the end of the candy slide,” Sam said.
The Zimberoffs invite you to come and test it for yourself this weekend at Keystone block 1100 in River Forest.
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You can not do that ? Do not worry. They already have plans for next year.
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