Polar bears push Halloween activities indoors in Arviat, Nunavut

The Nunavut hamlet is coming up with alternatives to children trick or treating door-to-door during the height of polar bear season.

Sending children out to trick-or-treat during polar bear season a bad idea, says hamlet

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Arviat, Nunavut, is moving Halloween indoors this year because of the danger to trick-or-treating children from polar bears.

The bears have been coming into the community more in recent years, especially in the fall during freeze-up. That's why the hamlet met with the public this week to discuss alternatives to trick or treating door-to-door.

It was decided to hold Halloween celebrations at the community hall.

Steve England, the Hamlet's SAO, says, a majority of Arviat residents support the idea.

Picture 1,200 kids going door to door in Arviat in the middle of polar bear season.- Steve England

"Picture 1,200 kids going door to door in Arviat in the middle of polar bear season," he said.

Polar bears attempt to get at meat wrapped in steel mesh at a "diversionary feeding station" near Arviat, Nunavut, in the fall of 2013. Wildlife officers in the Nunavut community were trying out the technique to help keep polar bears out of the community during freeze-up. (James Tagalik)

"It's a pretty obvious conclusion of what tragedies could come out of that. We're just trying to safeguard the younger population by offering an alternative."

The community hall will feature a haunted house and face painting. Prizes and candy will be given out.

The hall has limited space, so the hamlet is considering different times for different age groups. They're also arranging to have a shuttle bus take children to the hall.

England says if this year's indoor Halloween festivities are a success, it may become an annual tradition.

Arviat is on Hudson Bay about 250 kilometres north of Churchill, Man., which is also visited by polar bears in the late fall.

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