Frightening forecast for trick-or-treaters on Halloween

Rainfall amounts of 30-50mm possible by Friday, with heaviest rain on Thursday night

Halloween pumpkin in the rain

You’ll need to bring an umbrella when you head out trick or treating with the kids this year, as lots of rain is forecast for Halloween night on Thursday (October 31).

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for potentially significant rainfall across southern Ontario, including the Kawarthas.

A low pressure system will approach southern Ontario from the southwest, with rain forecast to begin on Wednesday afternoon (October 30) and end by Friday afternoon.

Rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 mm are possible, with the heaviest rain occurring on Thursday evening. Strong northwesterly to westerly wind gusts of 70 km/h are possible on Friday morning into Friday afternoon.

If visibility is reduced during driving, turn on headlights and maintain a safe following distance. Be extra careful if driving on Halloween night, as pedestrians — including young children in costumes — are more difficult to see when it is dark and raining.

The same weather is forecast for much of the northeastern U.S., prompting some communities to reschedule trick or treating to the weekend.