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Montreal Mayor postpones Halloween due to rain and wind, upsetting many

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has invited her city’s residents to participate in trick or treating a full day after Halloween.
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has invited her city’s residents to participate in trick or treating a full day after Halloween, on Friday, Nov. 1.

Plante, who has served as mayor of Quebec’s largest city since 2017, made the announcement via a Twitter “Weather advisory”.

“Weather advisory: I invite Montrealers to participate in Halloween on Friday, due to the announced rain and violent winds tomorrow,” stated Plante. “Happy picking candies!”

Plante is right about heavy rain. Parts of Quebec are expected to recieve as much as 70 mm of percipitation, meaning that any potential trick-or-treaters would have to make sure they wear their rain coats, or switch their costumes to something involving a yellow poncho.

What Plante is wrong about, though, is the violent winds. According to Weather.com, Thursday’s winds are projected to hit a measley 6 km/h.  Luckily, the Weather Network decided to correct Plante in a reply, stating that the strong winds are actually forecast for Friday, the proposed new day for Montreal’s Halloween!

And wow, are they ever. Weather.com predicts that winds will hit a peak of 43 km/h during the day, then most likely slowing down to 21 km/h by 6 p.m.

But 24 hours to postpone Halloween just isn’t enough! Most of the replies to Plante’s tweets were mostly from upset parents, who now felt obliged to take their kids out a day later than expected, all because of some rain.

(Translated by Google)

But what this really means is that the most ambitious kids on the block will now be able to go out for two Halloweens. Hear that kids? Dress up twice, and collect as much candy as you can over a two day period!

Other cities in Quebec and Ontario were also debating delaying Halloween a day as well.

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