Will it Snow? Rain? Will it Be Warm or Cold? Halloween Weather in Champaign-Urbana is Frightfully Unpredictable, But Early Forecasts Indicate a Delightful Evening on Oct. 31, 2020
Halloween weather in Champaign-Urbana sometimes means soggy, windy, and even snowy conditions. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, before we discuss this year’s Halloween forecast, with a few highlights from years past:
- We won’t forget 2019, the year it snowed on Halloween (although it wasn’t the first time in recent memory, see below.) Some communities even moved trick or treating hours, and indoor events were popular.
- In 2018, Halloween was pretty average – crisp and clear.
- In 2016 the Halloween conditions were downright gorgeous, with balmy weather. It was almost too warm – kids were complaining about being hot in their costumes. We won’t be that lucky again for who knows how long.
- In 2014, it ALSO SNOWED. We all blamed it on Elsa, because that was the Halloween right after Frozen came out, and there was no question what costumes reigned supreme that year.
We’ll keep an eye on the Halloween forecast, and will update this as needed; we are publishing this with information as of Sunday night, a good six days out.
According to weather.com, Saturday’s weather will be sunny, clear and not too windy, with a high of 55-56 degrees at its peak afternoon hours.
When it’s time to head outside for trick or treating (depending on where you go), it will be about 50-51 degrees, with a slight breeze. As for precipitation, sounds like there is about a 10 percent chance for rain, which is pretty minimal and not too threatening at all.
Sounds like a pretty average Halloween night for a year when nothing’s been pretty average.
All in all, it’s shaping up to be decent Halloween weather. However, as we know all too well in Central Illinois – things can change quickly, so we’ll be on the lookout to update this as needed.
Our tips for weather and other details when you go trick or treating on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020:
1. Start early to avoid the darkness, when the temperature will dip. Sunset is officially at 5:51 pm. That’s after most of the official trick or treat hours start (in Champaign and Urbana, where the official hours are 5 to 7 pm; hours really vary this year, so be sure to check). If you decide to go after 6 pm, 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 have reflective stickers lying around the house, or you can buy them inexpensively.
2. Don’t forget to look at the Full Moon. According to FarmersAlmanac.com, a full moon only happens on Halloween about every 19 years. When you look at the full moon on Halloween night, you’ll be looking at something pretty uncommon. This is also known as a blue moon, what it’s called when two full moons appear in a single month, (which happens on average every 2.5 to 3 years).
3. 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 Mandalorians, dinosaurs, Elsas and Annas, Black Panthers, Superheroes, and Mulans stay hydrated.
4. Don’t forget your masks, and we don’t mean traditional ones. Masks will be an essential this year for trick or treating, to keep everyone safe. It’s also a good idea to have hand sanitizer with you. Check out other ideas for safety precautions and other recommendations, as released by the Champaign Urbana Public Health District HERE.
5. Wear layers. If your kids don’t want to wear bulky coats over costumes, make sure they have at least one layer on underneath. Perhaps they can add in a hat or gloves into their costume, if they don’t already have them. Make sure they have good footwear, as trick or treating can mean a lot of walking.
6. 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 (er, and maybe something stronger!).
7. Remember to have fun and enjoy — Halloween only comes around one day a year! Of course this year, Halloween might seem like the most normal thing that’s happened in a long, long time, even if the kids are wearing masks a bit different (and taking other precautions).
7. The time change might work in your favor. Worried about sugared-up kids? Don’t forget: this year, Halloween is the night before the time change. Set your clocks BACK an hour on Saturday night/Sunday morning. (Not that we needed an extra hour of 2020, but oh well.)