Weather on Halloween in Champaign-Urbana can certainly be unpredictable. Who will ever forget 2014, the YEAR IT SNOWED ON HALLOWEEN?
Seriously, Elsa – she of Frozen fame – was to blame.
In 2013, forecasted rain meant a few towns outside of Champaign-Urbana actually rescheduled trick or treating. We don’t predict anything of the sort for 2019. (Find 2019 trick or treating times in and around Champaign-Urbana HERE. )
This year, the weather forecast – about five days out from Halloween – does not appear to be kind to families who plan to head out trick or treating.
We’ve looked at multiple forecasts, and here’s what most prognosticators agree on: it will be DOWNRIGHT CHILLY on Halloween night in Champaign-Urbana. And most forecasts include a good chance for precipitation (over 50 percent).
No matter where you look you’ll find a forecast calling for temperatures well below normal for late October, with the National Weather Service saying Halloween air temperatures will be 10-20 degrees below normal.
The sun will set just before most Champaign-Urbana area families go out to trick or treat (most places start at 6 pm).
So if it does rain on Halloween — or snow — grab the umbrellas, goulashes, and raincoats and do your best to waterproof their costumes. And be sure to wear lots of layers.
Don’t worry, I’m sure many kids would sacrifice their comfort for the prospect of five pounds of candy.
6 Things to Do if It’s Cold and/or Wet on Halloween
Let’s be real – no one really cares if your kids wear their coats to trick or treat. Or if they have an umbrella. If your child doesn’t want to wear a coat, equip them with layers under their costume. Hand warmers, which can be found at any local hardware store, are also a great idea. Another idea? Get a clear plastic poncho – that will keep them dry(er) but also will allow people to see their costumes. These can be found at big box stores.
BRING HOT DRINKS
A toasty thermos or two of hot chocolate or cider will not only help you get through the night; your kids will appreciate the pit stops for some liquid warmth.
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO DEFROST AND DRY OFF
Plan out a route where your kids can take breaks in a cozy home base during trick-or-treating. They can start with one small area of your neighborhood, and after a warmup at home, they can venture out more. Or pick out a neighbor’s home as a warming station. Trick-or-treating may last longer than usual this way, so be sure to plan for that, or perhaps set an end time for your kids.
HAVE YOUR KIDS PASS OUT CANDY
… where it’s nice and warm and dry. Your kids might enjoy passing out candy to the hard-core trick-or-treaters. The kids can still wear their costumes while staying dry and see many other costumes, which is half the fun. This is especially true for little ones! They can also set some candy aside for themselves.
PLAN A FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT HOME
Give your kids the option to trick or treat till they’re cold, with the promise of special fun waiting for them at home. Chances are they’ll appreciate having an “out” after about, say, 5 minutes into the fun.
Perhaps you can promise a Halloween-themed movie, or a Halloween night edition of family game night. Whip up a special Halloween snack for the family to share too.
OR GO OUT TO A SPECIAL EVENT
Take a drive past the incredible Crowley Pumpkin Glow, or head to a downtown Trick or Treating event where participants go inside and outside. For indoor events, check out our Halloween guide or our events calendar.
HEAD OUT TO EAT
How about enjoying a warm bowl of chili as the leaves fly by sideways outside the restaurant window? Buy your kids a bag of their favorite candy and then hit up one of the restaurants in our Kids Eat Free on Halloween Guide, or whatever place you fancy. Diners will get a kick out of seeing kids in costume and your kids will delight in this special treat.