Polar bears block Halloween

In an ultra 'Only in Canada' story, outside trick-or-treating has been banned in a Nunavut town for fear of polar bears, yes, polar bears.

According to the Nunatsiaq News agency, children in Arviat will be trick-or-treating indoors this year to avoid the possibility of running into polar bears on their town's streets.

The local news source explains that the small town has grown a reputation as the polar bear capital of Nunavut. A point that is particularly true in October, when bears begin to make their fall migration North.

Even this summer, according to Nunatsiaq News, the small town had to issue a rare July warning after polar bears were spotted eating at the local dump and wandering through the community of about 2,300 residents.

To try and make it up to the kids the community is hosting an indoor Halloween celebration at the community hall on Oct. 31.

“It was clear that the majority of people liked the idea of providing a safer environment for kids to celebrate Halloween,” the Hamlet Council Arviat writes in a press release posted on their Facebook page. “Hamlet council wants this to be a true community event that ensures safety for our kids while still allowing our kids to have fun.”


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