This year, the Vancouver Police Department is partnering with Vancouver Fire And Rescue Services and BC Ambulance Service to promote Halloween safety.

Halloween is on a Wednesday this year and officers will be visible in the Entertainment District and throughout the city making sure everyone stays safe. We want to remind everyone to plan your ride home ahead of time if you’re going to be consuming alcohol.

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 and isn’t used to injure anyone.

“We want kids to be safe and be seen,” says Vancouver Police spokesperson Sergeant Randy Fincham. “Add some Halloween bling, reflective tape, glow sticks, or other items that improve visibility.”

Halloween Safety Tips from Vancouver Police

  • Wear bright costumes or 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, older kids should be in a group
  • Stay in well-lit areas and only go to houses that have lights on
  • Drivers are reminded to be patient and be aware of the children who may be excited, darting around neighbourhoods and not looking for cars