Here are a few simple safety precautions to ensure you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween.

Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween Fire Hazards

Candles are a leading cause of home fires, and Halloween is one of the top five days for candle fires across in Canada.

  • If you choose to use candle decorations, never leave them unattended and use extreme caution.
  • Consider using battery-operated candles in Jack-o-lanterns as they are much safer.
  • When lighting candles inside Jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
  • Place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough away from trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and all decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

Costume & Trick-or-treating Tips:

  • Look for costumes and accessories that are labelled flame-resistant.
  • Avoid over-sized clothing, which can make it hard to walk and may come in contact with open flames from jack-o-lanterns.
  • Make sure your child's mask does not interfere with vision. Better yet, wear face paint or makeup instead. 
  • All trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
  • All children 12 and under should go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
  • Stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes that have their outside lights on.
  • Remind children to stay together as a group and walk from house to house.
  • Make a rule that children don’t eat any treats until they have been inspected by an adult.

Road Safety

  • Review how to cross a street with your child. Look left, right and left again to be sure no cars are approaching.
  • Make eye contact with drivers, and cross the street only when it is safe to do so.
  • Don't be distracted by electronic devices. Keep your head up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

Drivers are reminded to slow down and and use extra caution on Halloween. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.


The City of North Vancouver has a ban on the sale, purchase, possession or discharge of fireworks of any kind. Anyone caught with them could face a fine up to $500. See Fireworks Regulation Bylaw 7677 c for additional information.
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