It started as a typical October, which suggested yet another straightforward Halloween. Earlier this month, decorations started to pop up in the neighbourhood, even though we aren’t known as one of the neighbourhoods with over-the-top Halloween decorations. Giant boxes of treats were available in all supermarkets. I gave in to social pressure and spent an hour on Amazon trying to buy a suitable Fortnite character costume that was both affordable and in stock. Mark hung a ghost in the living room and I added bloody plastic fingers and eyeballs to the list of items I routinely find scattered all around the house.
And then, Canada’s scariest organization delivered the most terrifying news ever—the Weather Network issued a Special Weather Statement for Halloween. Yes, it’s capitalized, because it’s serious, people.
It would rain on Halloween. Like, a lot.
Outraged, locals took the issue to Twitter on October 30.
Apparently, some communities did postpone Halloween.
Feng and I argued over what to do. The initial plan was to celebrate Halloween at my in-laws who live in one of these over-the-top Halloween decoration neighbourhoods.
“Are we still going?”
“What other choice do we have?”
“… Not go?”
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to do either. I surveyed my friends. Apparently, the most popular option was a scavenger hunt at home. “I just have to write where I hide stuff,” my friend added. “Otherwise we might discover forgotten candies next Easter.” Unfortunately, Mark knows all my secret hiding places—he goes straight to the dryer because I often put Easter Eggs or birthday presents inside. Plus, I didn’t have time to buy a bigger house and give him a few siblings to make the hunt more fun.
“Look, just stay home. I’ll take Mark early, after school, to get it over with,” Feng decided.
I kept on hoping it wouldn’t rain as much as expected but as usual, The Weather Network was right. It started raining yesterday and it hasn’t really stopped ever since—and many decorations were destroyed during last Sunday’s all-day downpour.
As I’m typing this, I’m sipping hot tea and my soaked winter jacket is in the dryer. I ran out of dry shoes. There are giant rain puddles everywhere and it’s still raining hard.
Hollywood lied to us. In movies, teens get stabbed on Halloween night but they are usually wearing shorts and t-shirt when they bleed to death. No such luck in Canada. Oh, we’re alive and well but we will never get good weather for Halloween.