Published on October 20, 2021

Double, Double Toil and Trouble! Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!

As the days are getting crisper and the nights frostier, and as the smell of leaves being raked into jumping piles fills the air, all the children know that this changing of the seasons can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner! Here in St. Albert, we already see the city transforming: yards adorned with pumpkins and ghosts, families scouring the racks for that perfect costume (that will, of course, need to fit over the inevitable snowsuit!) and a buzz of excitement in the air as we prepare our treats to hand out and finalize our trick-or-treating routes.

Trick or Treat, Close My Street!

This Halloween, when you’re heading home from your last-minute candy run to make sure the porch light is on for trick-or-treaters, you may notice the occasional street closure in effect. One of the ways we support our community in having a safe and happy Halloween is by permitting road closures, upon request and approval, for streets that register for official Block Parties! This Halloween, while we won’t be providing recreation packs or snacks for the parties, we continue to allow for streets to be blocked off, allowing for a safe night of vehicle-free trick-or-treating. Please make sure, if you come across a blocked street, to look out for kids and to find an alternative route to your destination.

Spooktacular Driveway Fires

Another way that the City is ensuring everyone can have a fun night this Halloween is by approving the use of driveway fire pits. Driveway fire pits are now allowed on Halloween (Sunday, October 31, 2021), with no fire permit required. 

When setting up your fire pit, remember:  

  • Decorative Halloween materials or children’s costumes can be very flammable; ensure the area around any open flame is clear. 
  • Never leave your fire unattended. In a matter of minutes, a fire left alone can turn into a damaging one.
  • Ensure your fire is completely out before leaving the site.
  • Limit your fire pit smoke by choosing the right wood; avoid green or damp wood.
  • Avoid burning when the wind speed is greater than 15 km/hr.

Have a Thriller of a Night

While trick-or-treating, the City of St. Albert wants you to stay safe! 

  • Make sure to dress your children in light-coloured, flame-resistant costumes (especially around all those driveway fire pits you may come across on your travels!) 
  • Consider adding some reflective strips to those costumes, to make sure drivers can see your kids even as the night gets dark. 
  • Use face paint rather than costumes that could cover the eyes, so trick or treaters have a full view of their surroundings. 
  • Remind your kids to use the sidewalk, not the street, to walk, slither or sneak from house to house!
  • Take a flashlight and only visit houses with the porch light on.
  • And of course, wait to eat your candy until you’re home and your parents or guardians have inspected it. 

For more tips on keeping safe, make sure to visit the Red Cross’ Halloween Safety page, or other resources available online!

The Fine Print

This Halloween, while fun is the name of the game, please ensure you are up-to-date on all current provincial public health measures in place on October 31 and remember that they are subject to change in the days leading up to your spooky celebration. The City of St. Albert wishes you and your family a happy, safe, and healthy Halloween!

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Last edited: November 26, 2021