Connecticut Man Invents Robot to Help Keep Halloween Safe
You know the old saying, necessity is the mother of invention. Well, a Connecticut man wants to keep trick-or-treaters in his neighborhood safe this Halloween.
Since we're in the middle of a pandemic, many towns across Connecticut have some concerns about keeping trick-or-treating safe this year. A lot of people have tried to come up with innovative ways to keep a social distance and still get the candy to the kids, but one man in Prospect, Connecticut has gone above and beyond as far as safe trick or treating is concerned.
His name is Bob Crighton, and he's a retired auto body worker, so he used what he had around the house, and a little knowledge from his profession, and came up with what he calls "Dorkizoid", the robot.
Since Bob loves seeing the kids in their Halloween costumes, and didn't want to miss out this year, he had to come up with a way to hand out the candy safely, he told wfsb.com how the whole idea for the robot came about.
I saw on television a couple of different people with clever ways to get it to the kids, safe distancing, and I remembered I had this cardboard barrel up in the attic and I thought I could wrap that in aluminum foil and make a robot. Then, it just grew and grew and grew, and I had a lot of fun making it. It was a lot of fun.
Dorkizoid is made out of a plastic Cheetos jar for a head, twinkling orange and yellow lights for his eyes and mouth, coffee cans for feet, and a turkey roaster pan hanging on a chain as his candy server, and Bob attached a drain pipe to the back of his robot so he can push it around his driveway when the kids come by on Halloween. It may be low tech, but he's hoping it's big fun.
So I’ll be in the garage. I’m going to probably make a yellow line for the kids to stop at that point and I’ll push the robot out to them. If there is four kids, I’ll put four candy bars in. If there’s six kids, six candy bars, and hopefully they can just turn around and walk out the other side of the driveway, and everybody’s safe.
Bob says his wife always calls him 'Dorkizoid', so that was the most appropriate name for his creation. As for any concerns Bob has, seems like the only one is how the robot will fit into his attic so he can use it again next year.
Here's a look at Bob's creation in this video from the WFSB Facebook page: