Some Canadians spooked by suggestion to move Halloween

The forecast tonight across the country calls for ghosts, goblins and, in many parts, some very nasty weather. The weather is expected to be so bad that certain parts of Quebec, including Montreal, are committed to postponing the beloved spooky celebration to Friday night, when it’s predicted to be drier.

The main concern is that the extreme weather can put children at risk. Municipalities in the province that are delaying trick-or-treating and Halloween events until Friday include Beloeil, Candiac, Longueuil, Magog, McMasterville, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Sorel-Tracy and Varennes. On Wednesday, Montreal’s mayor suggested the city get on board too.

Montreal is under a heavy rainfall warning, with 40-50 millimetres estimated for tonight. The last record rainfall on Halloween was in 2013, when the city got 22.4 millimetres.

However, the suggestion to move Halloween’s date has spooked out some citizens.

Others were open to the proposal, saying it would be safer and more convenient:

Quebec isn’t the only place that intends to reschedule Halloween traditions this year. The town of Salem, N.H., posted on its website that trick or treating in the town has been moved to Saturday.

Calls to to reschedule Halloween’s date aren’t a new phenomenon. Last July, a petition by the Halloween & Costume Association was launched, to change the date from the 31st to the last Saturday in October. To date, there are more than 150,000 signatures. They’ve since updated the campaign to call for an additional day of trick or treating, which would fall on a Saturday.