In a surprise announcement, the City of Montreal and Mayor Valerie Plante just postponed Montreal's Halloween celebrations due to a severe weather advisory. Rain and strong winds are in the forecast for Thursday's Halloween festivities, prompting almost 30 municipalities across the province to postpone Halloween. The town of Sainte-Julie near Montreal was the first town to announce a postponement this morning.
Following Sainte-Julie, several other municipalities including Brossard, Longueuil, and Trois-Rivières* postponed Halloween activities until this Friday.
Every municipality, including Montreal, has postponed activities until the next day, November 1. So make sure you don't eat all the candy if you don't get any trick or treaters at your house.
Personally, I remember Halloweens when it was in the minus-degrees and we didn't postpone it then! The weather is shaping up to be pretty awful though, so it makes sense that municipalities are worried about the safety of children while they're out trick or treating.
In any case, make sure to keep this in mind before you and your family or friends go out on Halloween! The weather has a habit of being nasty in Montreal and there's no reason to tempt fate!
The Mayor announced the news on her Twitter feed this afternoon. As per TVA Nouvelles, around 30 municipalities in Quebec have postponed Halloween.
Avis météo: j’invite les petits et grands Montréalais.e.s à passer l’#Halloween vendredi en raison de la pluie et d… https://t.co/PL96rq2lfF— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1572466332.0
Translation: Weather advisory: I invite Montrealers to celebrate Halloween on Friday because of the rain and strong winds announced tomorrow. Our services will be at the ready, and be careful as usual. Happy trick or treating!
While this might seem unusual for us seasoned Montreal Halloweeners, the Weather Network announced a rather severe-sounding rainstorm this Friday.
According to reports, a "total rainfall amounts of 40 to 70 millimetres are expected. The rain is expected to begin this evening and will last until Saturday morning. Moreover, winds of up to 80 kilometres per hour are possible Thursday night and Friday morning."
The nearby municipalities of Longueuil, Brossard, and Laval have also postponed Halloween activities until this Friday.
With high winds and heavy rains, it'll be no place for a bunch of kids!
Brossard reporte la fête de l’Halloween dans ses rues au vendredi 1er novembre en raison des mauvaises conditions… https://t.co/osIdDUKdxC— Ville_Brossard (@Ville_Brossard) 1572462607.0
En raison des conditions météorologiques prévues demain soir et afin d’assurer la sécurité de tous les citoyens, la… https://t.co/aExI5Rqro7— Ville de Longueuil (@Ville de Longueuil) 1572461527.0
Don't be silly and try to brave the winds and rains, please. If it wasn't serious, do you really think they'd cancel Halloween?
People across Quebec were quick to take to social media to share their reactions, with many vowing to defy the recommendations of their elected representatives.
As initial reports indicate that this is a historic postponement for the city, some people on social networks are suggesting that, despite the forecasted severe weather, this is just the latest example of a culture that has become overly-sensitive.
For the first time ever (?), Montreal is postponing Halloween to November 1 because of bad weather... https://t.co/mwvMdYcd9a— Sarah Leavitt (@Sarah Leavitt) 1572466849.0
Others are offering their own alternatives.
Today, Montreal moves Halloween to Friday because of rain. Tomorrow, why not just move Halloween to the last Friday of October every year?— Julian McKenzie (@Julian McKenzie) 1572467491.0
So remember, Halloween is on November 1 in Montreal this year!
*This article has been updated.