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Montreal postpones Halloween, several other cities may follow suit

Thursday, October 31st 2019, 11:48 am - Trick-or-treaters across parts of Quebec will have to wait until Friday to get their sweet fill.

Halloween's frightful forecast that stretches across much of eastern Canada was enough for several municipalities in Quebec to push the holiday to Friday. The city of Montreal is among them.

“I invite Montrealers to have Halloween on Friday because of the rain and strong winds announced tomorrow,” Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

That's as wind and rainfall warnings cover the province with 50+ mm of rain possible through Friday. Couple that with wicked winds Thursday night and it's certainly enough to make a misery of trick-or-treat times.

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The ground, which is already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall, with Environment Canada warning of localized flooding in heavy downpours.

"Taking into account the safety and comfort of the children and adolescents who would like to take to the streets to collect candy, we have decided to take the exceptional step of postponing (Halloween) until Friday," Montreal suburb Sainte-Julie Mayor Suzanne Roy said in a statement.

"Normally rain would not have made us change the date, but the exceptional nature of the precipitation pushed us to do it."

Southwesterly winds gusting to 90 km/h are set to be at their strongest late Thursday night and into early Friday, with conditions expected to improve as the day moves on.

"By about 6 or 7 p.m. Friday night, the winds should taper to about 40 km/h," says Weather Network meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal. "That will still be gusty, but also a lot more pleasant than what we'll face Thursday night."

Sainte-Julie officials plan to regularly update residents on the status of Halloween events in the city.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of the municipalities that have postponed trick-or-treating:

  • Montreal.
  • Chambly.
  • McMasterville.
  • Lachute.
  • Varennes.
  • Sorel-Tracy.
  • Mont-Saint-Hilaire.
  • Beloeil.
  • Sainte-Julie.
  • Saint-Amable.
  • Saint-Bruno.
  • Saint-Colomban.
  • Brossard.
  • Saint-Lambert.
  • Trois-Rivières.
  • Longueuil.
  • Westmount.
  • Pointe-Claire.
  • Magog.
  • Shawinigan.
  • Asbestos.
  • Drummondville.
  • Thurso.
  • Lac-Simon.
  • Boucherville.
  • Cheneville.
  • Val-des-Monts.
  • Pohénégamook. (moved to Saturday)
  • Victoriaville.


Several U.S. cities are postponing festivities as well due to the less than ideal weather conditions.

Back here at home, some have taken to Twitter to ask officials to consider postponing festivities in Ottawa and Toronto as well.

After asking, "Do you think trick-or-treating should be rescheduled to a day with a better forecast?," 60 percent of those that voted answered NO.


With files from CBC News

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