5 storms that ruined Halloween

One didn't ruin trick-or-treat

A dark and stormy night is usually the beginning of a good scary story, but these five storms ruined Halloween.

1991 Halloween Blizzard
It's pretty rare for a blizzard to occur in October — even in Minnesota. But that's just what happened more than 20 years ago.

On the eve of Halloween that year, the high temperature in the Twin Cities struggled to reach the freezing mark. Forecasters predicted a major storm the next day, but most thought it would fall as rain.

It turns out, temperatures never warmed up on Halloween and snow began to fall Halloween morning.

Children still attempted to trick-or-treat that night, but snow kept falling.

The snowfall lasted for four days, and some northern cities, like Duluth, received three feet of snow.

The Perfect Storm — 1991
Yes, this is the same storm featured in the book and the movie. In fact, it's also known as the Halloween Storm of 1991.

It began as a nor'easter three days before Halloween. The next day, it merged with remnants of Hurricane Grace.

The storm continued to grow in the days leading up to Halloween and eventually became a hurricane the day after.

Thirteen people died as a result of this storm, and it caused at least $200 million in damages.

2003 Solar Storm
Seventeen major solar flares erupted from the sun Oct. 19 through Nov. 7, resulting in one of the most powerful solar storms ever recorded.

On Earth, this caused auroras, or the Northern Lights, to be seen as far south as Florida.

This storm didn't affect any trick-or-treating, but it did cause aircrafts to be re-routed, disrupted satellite and communications systems, and caused a power outage in Sweden for about an hour.

2011 Nor'easter
This storm occurred in the days leading up to Halloween, but its effects lingered through the holiday.

The low moved from West Virginia to Maine, leaving many without power and record amounts of snow on the ground.

Most of the power outages came from trees falling on power lines after they were weighted down by their leaves holding onto heavy, wet snow. Thousands of trees fell up and down the East Coast.

Most Halloween activities were either cancelled or delayed into the first days of November when power was finally restored and the snow cleaned up.

2013 severe weather outbreak
This meteorological bomb caused widespread wind damage and flooding from Missouri to Pennsylvania.

The Ohio Valley was the hardest hit by straight-line winds and flooding. Ohio did see a few tornadoes across the state, most tornadoes were found where Missouri and Illinois meet.

After the storm, thousands were left without power across multiple states.

Some communities postponed trick-or-treat because of the bad weather.

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