It’s that time of year again — when the ghouls and vampires roam the streets asking everybody to give them candy. Halloween is an exciting time and WeatherBug has some treats for you.
Below is a Halloween weather outlook from WeatherBug meteorologists Chad Merrill and James West, along with some safety tips to help make your Halloween safe and spooktacular!
Halloween Weather Outlook
Wind-driven showers will spook ghosts and goblins east of the Mississippi River Thursday night while the Southeast Atlantic Coast, Plains and West will enjoy spectacular weather. Rain and thunderstorms could cancel trick-or-treat night Thursday in a few neighborhoods from eastern Texas to the Ohio Valley. The soggy weather will be accompanied by winds that will whistle through the trees, scaring even the spookiest witches in Erie, Pa., and Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Much of the East Coast will remain unscathed by rain until late at night. Temperatures will sure be warm with 50s and 60s expected east of the Mississippi River and warmer 70s and 80s across the Gulf Coast and Deep South Thursday evening.
In the front’s wake, a chilling northwest wind will bleed into the Northern and Central Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes. Riding a broomstick around Witch Lake, Mich., will require a scarf and jacket. Temperatures will chill into the 30s and 40s across the Dakotas, Minnesota and western Michigan. A few patches of misty rain drops and mountain snowflakes will collide with ghouls and ghosts in the Northern Rockies. Spooky footprints in the snow could be erased with a few inches of fresh snow falling on top of the accumulation already received this week. The warmth glowing from the witch’s brew will feel good in the Rockies where temperatures will chill into the 20s and 30s. An eerily calm night expected for the West Coast with warm 60s and 70s while cooler 50s haunt the Northwest Coast.
If you want specific weather info for your neighborhood, be sure to check WeatherBug’s Family Forecast — you’ll find the best times to go trick-or-treating and a daily tip to make your adventure more enjoyable!
Halloween Safety Tips
Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests:
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.
Follow these tips and your Halloween will be spooky-fun, rather than just spooky — HAPPY HALLOWEEN from WeatherBug!
Stay Safe. Know Before™.
-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team