Halloween Pumpkin

The City of North Vancouver and the North Vancouver City Fire Department are sharing some tips and tricks with the community to make sure October 31 is safe and fun for everyone.

Halloween Fire Hazards

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

  • Never leave candle decorations unattended and use extreme caution.
  • Consider using battery-operated candles in Jack-o-lanterns.
  • Place lit pumpkins well away from flammable items, trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards.
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home, and that everyone knows how to evacuate in case of a fire.

Costume and 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.
  • Choose face paint or makeup over face masks.
  • 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, and remind older children to stay together as a group.
  • 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.
  • Don’t eat any treats until they have been inspected by an adult.

Road Safety

  • Review how to safely cross a street with your child.
  • Make eye contact with drivers, and cross the street only when it is safe.
  • 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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