Enjoy a safe, fun and healthy Halloween

Strathcona County is supporting a safe and healthy Halloween for all trick or treaters this year, through free recreation passes to local youth and Halloween events with a focus on creating an accessible Halloween for everyone. If you are out on Halloween and things get a bit too scary, our buses are a safe place to board for help.

Healthy Halloween activities

  • Saturday, October 28
    • Halloween treats and photo opportunity with RCMP, Enforcement Services, Victim Services and Emergency Services at Fire Station 6 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
      • Wear your costume
      • Free swag bags for the first 300 attendees
      • 915 Bison Way, Sherwood Park
  • Sunday, October 29
  • Leading up to Halloween:
    • RCMP and Enforcement Services officers are handing out positive tickets that grant a free one-time admission to County recreation facilities. Emergency Services crews will also join the spooktacular fun on Halloween by visiting communities to hand out treats (as resources allow).
    • Students in Strathcona County will receive a complimentary Healthy Halloween pass for a one-time free admission to County recreation facilities. Elementary students will also receive a colouring book featuring fun Halloween activities and tips for a safe Halloween.
    • Students who are homeschooled can pick up their Halloween pass from the recreation administration building (2025 Oak Street, Sherwood Park) between October 25-27, from 8:20 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31:
    • Tiny trick or treaters (under 5 years of age) are welcome to visit our recreation facilities* for their very own "treat admission". Staff will hand out one complimentary Healthy Halloween pass for a one-time admission to County recreation facilities. Please note, children under the age of two always get free access to our facilities.
      • *Participating facilities include Millennium Place, Emerald Hills Leisure Centre, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Ardrossan Recreation Complex and Glen Allan Recreation Complex.
  • Saturday, November 4:
    • Join Emergency Services between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and give your old jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins a good second use! 
    • Drop your pumpkins from the hose tower at Fire Station 6 for a donation to help raise money for Muscular Dystrophy.
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      • Please do not drop pumpkins off before the event

Inclusive Halloween and posters for your home

Make sure all the trick-or-treaters in our community feel welcome by displaying an inclusive halloween poster (88.9 KB) . This shows other ghosts, goblins and spooky skeletons that your home is inclusive, and that you've considered inclusive approaches such as:

  • Nut-free treats
  • Well-lit driveways and pathways
  • Secured pets
  • Low-sensory decorations without strobe lights or loud noises

Halloween safety tips

Children:

  • Stay home if you’re feeling unwell.
  • Choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Stay with your group.
  • Make sure you can be seen. Wear reflective, bright colour costumes, or fasten reflective tape to your costume or bag. Avoid masks that restrict your vision.
  • Only visit well-lit houses.
  • Don't go into the house for your treats; always wait outside.
  • Don't eat any treats until an adult has inspected them.
  • Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are going.
  • Don't criss-cross the street or run out from between parked cars. Always go down one side of the street, cross at the corner, and then go down the other side.
  • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and backing up.
  • Don't trample through gardens or bushes. Always use pathways and sidewalks.

Motorists:

  • Halloween means there will be children on the streets. Drivers need to use extra caution. With the excitement of Halloween, children may forget simple pedestrian safety rules.
  • Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more likely to be trick-or-treating. Reduce your speed and stay alert.
  • Slow down and proceed with caution when entering and exiting driveways or backing up.

Homeowners:

  • Keep your home and doorway well lit. Clear sidewalks and pathways for safety.
  • Make sure your pets are safe and secure indoors for the evening.
  • Do not participate in Halloween if you or anyone in your household is feeling sick or has a recent COVID-19 positive result.

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Safety mascots in front of Glen Allan Recreation Complex

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Last updated: Thursday, October 19, 2023
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