Halloween weather in Champaign-Urbana sometimes means soggy, windy, and even snowy conditions. In 2016 the Halloween conditions were downright gorgeous, but we won’t be that lucky again.
For 2018, Champaign-Urbana Halloween trick-or-treating conditions will be dry but appropriately frigid.
From guest forecaster Kevin Lighty from WCIA:
We’ll keep an eye on the Halloween forecast, and will update this as needed.
Our tips for weather and other things when you go trick or treating on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018:
1. It will get dark, quickly. Sunset is officially at 5:51 pm, before most official trick or treat hours even start. It will be dark, fast, especially after 6:30 p.m. Be sure to have flashlights with you (and not just the ones on your phone). Wear something that is reflective so people can see you. You may even have reflective stickers lying around the house, or you can buy them inexpensively.
2. Bring water with you. I swear I forget this every year. No matter how cold it is, water is a great thing to bring. Kids costumes aren’t usually very breathable. If you’re walking a lot, that water will come in handy to make sure your Moanas, Elenas, Ninjagos, Superheroes and Pokemon stay hydrated.
3. Wear layers. If your kids don’t want to wear bulky coats over costumes, make sure they have several layers on underneath. Perhaps they can add in a hat or gloves into their costume, if they don’t already have them. Long underwear, anyone? And who else is dragging out the warm winter boots?
4. Feed your kids dinner before you go out. Get some food in their bellies and that will help reduce the urge to overdo the candy intake after some interactive family fun. Parent wish list: to have someone walking around the neighborhood with hot cider or coffee.
5. Remember to have fun and enjoy — Halloween only comes around one day a year!