Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP urge safety for Halloween

The local RCMP detachment along with its rural members will maintain a steady presence on Halloween

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers on duty Thursday will be in their regular uniform.

They are not Halloween costumes.

As they do every year, the local detachment along with its rural members will maintain a steady presence on Halloween.

“We plan for it every year,” said Cpl. Gerry Kovacs. “We always have extra officers on duty, and we plan to maintain our visibility on the streets.”

Police are asking for everybody to use caution so that it is a safe and fun evening for all, particularly with the possibility of some precipitation in the weather forecast for Thursday night.

“Be safe, be seen, and light yourself up especially if it’s a wet, cloudy night. If that’s the case, it will really be dark,” said Kovacs. “Carry flashlights, and make sure you are seen. I can’t say enough about that.”

Police recommend an adult walking around the neighbourhoods with the kids.

Parents should also check the candy thoroughly when the kids are finished trick-or-treating.

As the popular night falls mid-week, some revelers got a head start hosting parties over the weekend.

“We’re hoping next weekend is not a continuation of this weekend,” said Kovacs in reference to Halloween parties. “We know some people have already had them, we noticed a lot around town.

“Maybe the parties will get spread between the two weekends. That’s good for us as opposed to having all of the parties on one weekend.”

Halloween festivities in Vernon commence in the afternoon.

The Downtown Vernon Association’s Halloween Treat Trail runs from 3 to 5 p.m. for kids 12 and under. Visit participating downtown businesses in costume and receive a Halloween treat.

Candy will not be available before 3 p.m. or after 5 p.m.

For those who want to be inside looking for treats, head to the Village Green Centre for the Halloween Trick or Treat Trail, also from 3 to 5 p.m.

The BX Swan Lake Fire Department will host fireworks at its location on Silver Star Road.

Concession opens at 6 p.m. with the big, raging bonfire being lit at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 8 p.m.

In Coldstream, the volunteer fire department will host fireworks at 8 p.m. at Kal Beach. Hot chocolate and a bonfire will also be available.

In Lumby, the village volunteer fire department will host fireworks at 8 p.m. The best viewing area is from J.W. Inglis School.

There are no fireworks in Okanagan Landing this year, as the annual event usually held at Marshall Field has been cancelled.