10/31/2013 14:19 EDT | Updated 12/31/2013 05:12 EST

Police warn Halloween revellers about fake weapons

As trick-or-treaters take to Vancouver streets tonight, police are advising people to be cautious with the costumes they don — specifically, to think twice before leaving the house with any fake guns, knives or swords.

Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague says authorities have no choice but to err on the side of caution when out on the streets with revellers.

At a news conference Wednesday, Montague showed off an array of fake weapons: a mix of handguns and assault rifles that look like real guns, even click like real guns, but are completely fake.

“Until you get one of these in your hand — and even still, it feels like a real gun when you hold onto it — but until you get a really good inspection of this you don't know that it's an imitation,” says Montague.

It's not against the law to carry a fake weapon, but police are asking people who do so to use common sense. That includes not waving them around or brandishing them at inappropriate places. Police often get calls after fake weapons are brazenly displayed.

“We have to treat this as if it's real,” says Montague.