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Halloween Safety

The Vancouver Police Department is partnering with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, BC Ambulance Service, and the Canadian National Fireworks Association to promote Halloween safety.

Community safety is a shared responsibility. Motorists, cyclists, and parents are reminded to be extra cautious around Halloween as children may be excited, darting around neighbourhoods looking for treats, not cars or bikes.

Extra officers will be out to deal with the higher volume of 9-1-1 calls seen at Halloween, providing a visible police presence in the Granville Entertainment District and added patrols near schools and parks.

Costume weaponry has been an issue for police in past years, from replica handguns to hatchets and swords. We are asking people to use common sense and ensure their costume weapon of choice is readily identifiable as an imitation.

Everyone is reminded that fireworks are only permitted on Halloween night. They must only be set off on private property, and you must have a permit to possess and light them. Roman candles, bottle rockets, and firecrackers are illegal. Failing to comply with the rules can be dangerous and carry a $500 fine.

Halloween Safety Tips

  • include reflective tape, glow sticks, flashlights or other articles that improve visibility
  • use face paint or make-up instead of a mask
  • younger kids should trick or treat with an adult
  • stay in well-lit areas