The Arctic is experiencing the warmest air temperatures in four centuries, and sea ice losses in the summer of 2012 broke all previous records. The rapid shrinking of sea ice is driving polar bears into human-populated towns to look for food.
In Arviat, a small town in northern Canada, residents don't want the polar bears to think kids and candy are food!
The hamlet discussed alternatives to trick or treating door-to-door with the public. It was decided to hold Halloween celebrations at the community hall. Don't worry kids - there will be candy! There will also be a haunted house, face painting, contests and prizes.
Steve England, a Hamlet official, reports that most residents are onboard with the idea.
"Picture 1,200 kids going door to door in Arviat in the middle of polar bear season," England said. "It's a pretty obvious conclusion of what tragedies could come out of that. We're just trying to safeguard the younger population by offering an alternative."
And just to be safe, don't dress up as a seal!