High wind warning postpones Trick or Treat night in Great Barrington until Saturday, Nov. 2

With rain and wind gusts up to 40 mph and higher, 24 Massachusetts towns have so far delayed Trick or Treat night.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include information from Sheffield and Egremont.

Great Barrington — In order to ensure safe navigational conditions for young witches and goblins, as well as their costumed companions, the town of Great Barrington, joining other South Berkshire communities, has postponed Halloween’s traditional Trick or Treat night from Thursday, October 31, until Saturday, November 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

As usual, those intending to welcome the tricks or treaters should leave a porch or entrance light on.

“We’ve had lots of calls from parents concerned about the predicted high winds,” explained

Helen V. Kuziemko, administrative assistant for the Great Barrington Selectboard and Town Manager. “Quite a few towns are postponing Trick or Treat.”

Egremont town selectman Mary Brazie said, “Egremont Town Officials have decided to postpone trick or treat to Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to the forecasted heavy rain and wind.”

Officials in Sheffield sent out the following email: “Trick or Treat hours have been canceled for Thursday, October 31. The new date and time for Trick or Treat will be Saturday, November 2 from 5 p.m to 7 p.m.”

The National Weather Service is predicting rain and wind gusts up to 40 mph or higher for New England on Thursday night, and The Boston Globe is reporting that so far 24 Bay State towns have postponed Trick or Treat night.