Skip to main content

Weather service hints at 'very cold' Halloween in Minnesota

Looks like kids might have to add layers beneath their Halloween costumes.

Halloween is still 10 days away so nothing is certain, but the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities tweeted Monday that as of now the trick-or-treating holiday "looks to be very cold and dry." 

Halloween weather in the Twin Cities and Minnesota can vary widely from year-to-year. The Halloween blizzard of 1991 is the biggest weather event on the day's history, but since 2000 the temps and precipitation have been pretty fair to Minnesotans, outside of a handful of chilly days. 

  • 2018: 54 degrees and dry
  • 2017: 35 degrees and dry
  • 2016: 58 degrees and a trace of rain
  • 2015: 51 degrees and 0.33 inches of rain
  • 2014: 40 degrees and dry
  • 2013: 50 degrees and a trace of rain
  • 2012: 52 degrees and dry
  • 2011: 50 degrees and dry
  • 2010: 49 degrees and dry
  • 2009: 44 degrees and 0.01 inches of rain
  • 2008: 62 degrees and dry
  • 2007: 62 degrees and a trace of rain
  • 2006: 36 degrees and dry
  • 2005: 50 degrees and a trace of rain
  • 2004: 44 degrees and a trace of rain
  • 2003: 40 degrees and dry
  • 2002: 34 degrees and dry
  • 2001: 61 degrees and dry
  • 2000: 71 degrees and dry

According to the Climate Journal from the Minnesota DNR, high temps in the metro are usually in the 40s and 50s on Oct. 31. The warmest ever was 83 degrees in 1950 and the coldest was a 26-degree day in 1873.

In terms of precipitation, it only happens about once every our years, the Climate Journal notes.

It's snowed on Halloween in the Twin Cities just twice since the '91 blizzard, with a half-inch of snow falling in 1995 and some flurries mixed with rain in 1996. 

Next Up

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.


Anthropologie shutters Grand Avenue store, opening planned for Rosedale Center

The popular holiday shopping weekend marked the last for customers of the Grand Avenue store.

hospital, emergency room

Woman found on side of highway after hit-and-run

The 41-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jorden Nicole Borders

Charges: Minnesota woman tortured her kids, removed boy's blood

Warning: This story contains upsetting content.

first snow

Will narrow band of 6+ inches of snow hit Twin Cities Tuesday?

The NWS says a band of 6+ inches is looking likely. It's now a matter of where.


Siblings, ages 19 and 14, killed in crash on icy MN highway

The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Saturday in Carlton County.

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.


Frigid forecast for trick-or-treating on Halloween

Nothing like wearing a winter jacket beneath your costume...

Halloween snow

Halloween snow? Cold enough, but storm track could miss MN

Kids will probably need winter jackets regardless.

How many times has it snowed on Halloween?

The blizzard of 1991 was as rare as it was historic.

National Weather Service: 'Big changes ahead' for Minnesota

Looks like the bottom will fall out later this week.

spring, sidewalk

Minnesota weather: Nice start to the week, wet finish

Practice social distancing if you do head outside.