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No Tricks Here: Halloween Events Delayed In Some Towns Due To Rain, Wind

A house decorated for Halloween in Boston. (Greg Cook/WBUR/file)
A house decorated for Halloween in Boston. (Greg Cook/WBUR/file)

New England kids are used to wearing a winter coat over their Halloween costumes, but this year, it's not the cold that's the problem. It's the rain.

WBUR meteorologist Dave Epstein says to expect damp weather: it won't pour all afternoon and evening, but it will be wet, and windy. And temperatures will be in the high 60s, so make sure you trade that winter coat for a rain coat.

Because of the weather, some towns are delaying trick or treating and related events. (You may remember we got a nor'easter that dropped up to a foot of snow in some areas eight years ago. At least this time it's just rain?)

Your local police department's page on Facebook is a good place to check for delays in your community, but here's a list below of what we know thus far:

  • Amesbury: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Athol: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Barre: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2. Quabbin's Haunted House will remain open.
  • Boxford: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Essex: rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Fitchburg: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Groveland: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Hardwick: rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Leominster: rescheduled to Saturday, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Lowell: rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Merrimac: rescheduled to Saturday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Methuen: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Monson: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Halloween parade will start at 5 p.m. at 110 Main St.
  • Newbury: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Oak Bluffs: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov 2.
  • Orange: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Paxton: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Pittsfield (and North Adams and Dalton): rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Princeton: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. The annual Trunk or Treat will be held on the town common from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Rowley: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Southbridge: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m.
  • Sturbridge: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Tisbury: Parade rescheduled to Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Topsfield: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Westminster: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • West Newbury: rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition, WMUR in New Hampshire reports that several cities, including Hudson, Nashua, Pelham, Salem and Windham, are also moving their trick-or-treating to Saturday.

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