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Halloween is back! Staying spooky and safe in Brampton this year


​BRAMPTON, ON (October 13, 2021) – Halloween is right around the corner and everyone is excited to get back out this year for a safe round of trick-or-treating and spooky fun.

When celebrating this year, residents are asked to keep health and safety top of mind. Trick-or-treaters are asked to:

  • Stay home if unwell.
  • Trick-or-treat outdoors as much as possible.
  • Be creative and build face coverings into costumes! Remember that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering. A costume mask should not be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
  • Do not crowd doorsteps – take turns, one at a time.
  • Keep interactions brief with those giving out treats.
  • Practice good hygiene and use hand sanitizer often.
If giving out treats:
  • Do not participate in Halloween festivities if unwell.
  • Keep interactions with trick-or-treaters short.
  • Consider wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Consider including the face covering as part of a costume.
  • Give out only purchased and packaged treats.
  • Do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats.
  • Clean hands often throughout the evening using soap and water or with hand sanitizer.

Halloween Safety
Stay vigilant, avoid fire hazards and prevent injuries while getting into the spirit of Halloween.
When choosing a costume
  • Keep costumes short to avoid trips and falls.
  • Choose flame resistant costumes and accessories.
  • Stay well lit. Pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists.
When decorating
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and paper can catch fire very easily.
  • Keep decorations away from open flames and heat sources.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations and obstructions.
  • Light your jack-o-lantern with battery-operated candles or glow sticks instead of lit candles.
  • Eliminate trip hazards and keep outdoor lights on to keep trick or treaters safe.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working properly.
Treat Accessibly
Brampton is a Mosaic, and the City of Brampton is dedicated to identifying opportunities to increase accessibility and a strong sense of belonging for all across its diverse community.  Earlier this year, Brampton City Council approved an amendment to its Sign By-law to promote barrier-free and accessible ways of trick-or-treating. Brampton homeowners are welcome to place a Treat Accessibly sign on their front lawn to let residents know that if a trick-or-treater has a disability, they can experience Halloween without barriers at their home.

Treat Accessibly also has the following tips for homeowners:
  • Make sure the path to a trick-or-treating area is well lit.
  • Clear driveways and pathways.
  • Move cars out of the driveway to allow better accessibility for trick-or-treaters.
  • Create a trick-or-treat station at the end of a driveway, out of a garage or a vehicle’s trunk
  • Refrain from using strobe lights or high-pitched, sudden loud noises.
  • Keep pets safe and secure.

For more on Treat Accessibly, visit www.treataccessibly.com. For more on accessibility at the City, visit www.brampton.ca/accessibility

Fright Nights
In-person Fright Nights are back at select Brampton Recreation Centres on October 16, 22, 23 and 29 from 5 to 8 pm. Registration is required and admission is free. Join us for some spooktacular family fun including:

  • Spooky Family Movie Night *
  • Wagon Rides*
  • Zombie Zumba™
  • Airbrush Tattoos
  • Crafts
  • Entertainment
  • Marshmallow Roasting

*Select locations

Brampton Recreation will also host Spooky Swim and Skates at select Recreation Centres on October 13, 20 and 29. To register for Fright Nights and Spooky Swim and Skates, click here.

Pumpkin Party
Back and better than ever – the Pumpkin Party keeps the Halloween spirit alive for one more day! Put on your costume and bring your pumpkin to Ken Whillans Square on November 1 from 4 to 8 pm. Enjoy live entertainment from EnviroDrum, and fun giveaways including popcorn and hot apple cider. Pumpkins will be composted after the event.

Stay safe while having fun. Masks are strongly encouraged when physical distancing is not possible. The Pumpkin Party is generously sponsored by Swiss Chalet. For details visit www.brampton.ca/recreation

Crafty Costume Contest
You are invited to participate in the 2021 Halloween Crafty Costume Contest hosted by Mayor Patrick Brown and members of Brampton City Council. Show off your creative and spooky side – post a photo of you wearing your costume using #BramptonCraftiestCostume2021 or email it to events@brampton.ca by 8 pm on October 31. Winners will be announced November 1. Participants must be 10 years of age and younger.

Contest rules and eligibility can be found at www.brampton.ca/recreation




Quotes

“I am thrilled that our residents get to celebrate Halloween again this year, and encourage Bramptonians to take advantage of all the City is offering in spooky fun. From Fright Nights, to the Crafty Costume Contest, to the Great Pumpkin Party, there is so much for everyone to enjoy. Please keep the health and safety of our community at top of mind when celebrating.  And to all residents – I wish you a very Happy Halloween!”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of BramptonPatrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“Brampton is a Mosaic, and as a member of the City of Brampton's and Region of Peel’s Accessibility Advisory Committees, I am proud that our Council has amended our Sign By-law to support the Treat Accessibly Program. I encourage Brampton residents to proudly feature a Treat Accessibly sign on their front lawns, and wish our community’s children a safe, accessible and inclusive, and happy Halloween.”
- Pat Fortini, Regional Councillor, Wards 7 & 8; Member, City of Brampton Accessibility Advisory Committee; Member, Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee

“I’m so happy to see the return of the Pumpkin Party this year. Brampton is a Green City and this event gives residents the opportunity to not only showcase their carving skills one more time and but to properly dispose of their pumpkins by composting them. Don’t forget to participate in the Crafty Costume Contest too for a chance to win some great prizes.”
- Harkirat Singh, City Councillor, Wards 9 & 10; Chair, Corporate Services, City of Brampton

“Halloween is back and so are our spooktacular in-person events, Fright Nights and the Great Pumpkin Party. I encourage everyone to celebrate safely, practice physical distancing, and wear a mask when that is not possible. Happy Halloween, Brampton!”
- Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton





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