October came to a chaotic end thanks to southern Ontario weather on Thursday night. A Halloween storm ripped through the region, causing power outages and widespread damage due to powerful winds. According to The Weather Network, lake-enhanced snow east of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron also made for dangerous whiteout conditions in the season’s first snowfall. We’re really starting to understand Montreal’s whole “let’s just delay Halloween this year” thing.

So, just how bad was the weather this Halloween? Well, it was so windy in Ottawa on Thursday night that street signs were being bent over. I mean, just imagine being eight years old and trying to hold onto your treat bag in those conditions. However, if high-powered winds aren’t enough to ruin your trick or treating vibes, how about torrential rain?

Global News reported on Thursday that Halloween had been ruined for thousands of Kingston children thanks to heavy rainfall. It was so bad that motorists could barely navigate the flooded streets and roads. If that wasn’t enough, several cars actually got stalled out in high water. So, yeah, not exactly the ideal weather for walking around outside all night in search of candy. Not that stopped a few resilient kids from going hard for those full-size chocolate bars.

By early Friday morning, Hydro One had confirmed almost 900 outages, affecting more than 98,000 customers across the region. "As the winds move east today, we expect to see additional damage and outages," Hydro One tweeted out. "Crews are responding to calls as quickly and safely as possible."

Wind gusts of up to 94 km/h were clocked at Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport, while residents Port Colborne saw recorded winds of up to 130 km/h through the overnight hours.

On top of all that, Barrie residents received their first snowfall of the season. A heap of the white stuff coated the city streets, making it look more like the setting for a white Christmas than Halloween. It seems like the cold is moving in, and warmth is on it’s way out, brace yourself winter is coming.

*Disclaimer: cover photos used for illustrative purposes only. 


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