Halloween Forecast: A trick or treat?

Posted at 8:01 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 14:04:44-04

We're less than a week away from the night ghosts, goblins, witches and superheroes take to the streets in search of the best candy. We know our Halloween weather can be a mixed bag in Central Indiana. Sometimes it's a real treat, other times it gets a bit tricky.

There's been frost on the pumpkin many times. We don't have to dive too far back into the record books for our coldest Halloween on record. In 1988, we started the day at a frigid 24°! The costumes got a little toasty in 1950. That's when we topped out at a record 82°.

2013 was a good year to go dressed as something from under the sea. That year brought our wettest Halloween when just over 2" of rain fell. Also of recent memory is our snowiest trick-or-treat night.  It wasn't much snow, but .10" fell on October 31st in 2014.

So, what does the forecast hold for this year? Everyone will be very chilly with temperatures around 50 degrees.  However, a cold northwest wind will make it feel like the low 40s most of the time.  It will also be very damp.  As for the rain, the further south you are the better chance you will need the rain gear.  I do thing north of Indy some areas will be dry in the evening.

Timing rain looks to be our bigger issue. Right now, much of Wednesday should be on the damp side.  While the chances for wet weather diminish Wednesday evening, it doesn't appear we'll get rid of the rain completely. Chances also increase the farther south you are. At this point, it's looking more likely that some of us will need to accessorize the Halloween costume with a poncho or umbrella.  


Tuesday, Oct. 30

  • Lawrence: 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

  • Anderson: 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • Carmel: 5-8 p.m. 
  • Fishers: 6-8 p.m. 
  • Indianapolis: 6-8 p.m.
  • Greenfield: 5-8 p.m.
  • Kokomo: 6-8 p.m. 
  • Noblesville: 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • Zionsville: 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • ​​​​​​McCordsville: 5 p.m.-8 p.m.