Arviat takes Halloween indoors for 2nd year due to polar bears
Outdoor trick or treating discouraged as polar bears common in area during fall
Arviat, Nunavut, will be holding its Halloween celebrations indoors for the second year in a row due to safety concerns about children going door to door at night during polar bear season.
Arviat is on Hudson Bay about 250 kilometres north of Churchill, Man., and is visited by polar bears in the late fall.
"The last couple of years we've seen a dramatic increase in the number of bears in our community," says Steve England, the hamlet's senior administrative officer.
"Last year was the first year we hosted Halloween indoors. It went over successfully, so this year the council decided to do the same thing again."
England says they are spending nearly $10,000 on decorations and candy for the Halloween party at the community hall.
RCMP say they will be patrolling Nunavut communities to keep the public safe, and are reminding drivers to watch for children.
"In the communities, you see a lot of parents driving their kids around in Ski-Doos and qamutiks and we just want to encourage everyone to drive safely and be cautious of all the kids walking around," said Cpl. David Lawson.