Weather Results In Fireworks Prohibition in Sooke this Halloween

Thursday, October 20, 2022 – After an unseasonably dry fall, fireworks are prohibited in Sooke this Halloween. District of Sooke Fireworks Regulation Bylaw No. 286 limits the discharge of consumer fireworks to October 31 each year between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. subject to the issuance of a permit. Fireworks permits will not be issued this Halloween.

“It’s too dry and there is too much risk to the safety of persons and property,” says Sooke Fire Chief Ted Ruiter.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides data on fires started by fireworks. In their most recent report NFPA shares, “Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicles fires, and 17,1000 outside and other fires.”

Sooke Bylaw, Fire and RCMP will be patrolling and ensuring enforcement on October 31, 2022. Fines of $100 to $500 or more, in the case of a series of offences, will be issued.

“Community safety is always the priority. We’re asking residents to work with us to ensure compliance,” Ruiter says. “The risk is too significant and not one we’re taking,” Ruiter adds.

Current Wildfire Activity in the Coastal Fire Region

There are currently 48 active wildfires within the Coastal Fire Centre. Around the province, there are 9 news fires in the last two days.

Stay informed about Wildfire activity by viewing the BC Wildfire Dashboard.

Plenty of fun available without fireworks

West Coast Cabaret Halloween Dance and Fundraiser
Join West Coast Cabaret for a night of performances, dancing, Hallowe’en costumes contest, a silent auction, a spooky selfie photo booth, themed drinks and mocktails and more on Saturday, October 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.! This event is for 19yrs+.

Tickets, $25 each, are available at Stick in the Mud coffee shop and Forbes pharmacy.

Sooke Harmony project invites you to a “spook-tacular” movie event

The drive-in movie at the SEAPARC parking lot returns on Sunday, October 30th, 6:30pm start.

Halloween Skate at SEAPARC

Sunday, October 30th, 11:30am-12:45pm. Visit for admission rates.

Trick or treating in Sooke – Reminders from your local RCMP Detachment

  • Dress to be seen if trick-or-treating – wear lighter coloured clothing, add reflective clothing or tape to costumes
  • Sunset will occur around 5:45 p.m. Make use of flashlights or glow sticks is highly recommended
  • Motorists are reminded to use extra caution with additional pedestrian traffic.

Learn more about Fireworks Regulations Bylaw No. 286: