Austin couple testing robot and drone delivery system for Halloween candy

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By 98.7 KLUV

Luke Keyes and his wife Michele Benedisuk are trying to make a Halloween for neighbor kids this year as fun as possible, despite the restrictions in place due to the pandemic.  Keyes said, "I love trick-or-treating.  To me, I like trick-or-treating a little more than Christmas because at Christmas you give gifts to your friends and family; Halloween, you give gifts to everybody." 

Keyes, a software engineer, was trying to figure out the safest way to dispense candy to the neighborhood, and thought of several ideas, including  a candy cannon, a robot delivery system, and even a DRONE delivery system.

An Austin Public Health spokesperson released a statement about Halloween that is as follows:

It is hard to predict what the spread of COVID-19 will look like by Oct. 31. Right now, Austin-Travis County is in Stage 3 of our Austin Public Health risk-based guidelines, which provide recommendations for personal behavior. In Stage 3, individuals should avoid all social gatherings, which would include gatherings outside of your household such as going door-to-door for Halloween. However, if our community continues to practice preventative actions such as masking, social distancing, avoiding gatherings, and practicing proper hygiene we may be in a better place by Oct. 31, and in Stage 1 or 2 of our Risk-Based Guidelines, which allow for some small social gatherings. It is also important to remember that as we enter the fall months that COVID-19 won’t be the only respiratory disease spreading, we will also see flu season start to pick up so we need everyone six months of age or older to make plans to get their flu shot by the end of the October to prevent a potentially devastating surge of two diseases at the same time. For more information on flu, visit