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With Bears On The Streets, Canadian Town Cancels Halloween


And now this. Winter comes early in the Canadian Arctic, which means polar bear season.


The town of Arviat in northern Canada has actually canceled the outdoor part of Halloween this year in fear of some unwelcome trick-or-treaters. Polar bears have been wandering the streets more than usual, in search of food, moving onto land due to a decrease in sea ice, maybe also due to the seasonal increase in candy.

INSKEEP: I'm imagining that moment - wow, that's a great polar bear costume - wait.

GREENE: (Laughter) Wait a minute.

INSKEEP: Anyway, the town is organizing an indoor alternative for the kids, which now scares adults because that's the idea of hundreds of kids jammed into a gym wired on candy. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.