Trick-or-treaters can expect to enjoy dry weather as they knock on doors this Halloween.
A shifting weather pattern means rainy weather originally forecast for Thursday is no longer expected.
The chances of rainfall are about 50-50 on any given day this time of year, and while rain had been forecast to fall on Vancouver for Halloween, Nanaimo is expected to stay dry.
Environment Canada calls for seasonal temperatures, so fall clothing should be adequate.
"We have a mix of sun and cloud in the forecast," said David Jones, Environment Canada regional meteorologist.
Rain expected to arrive around noon today was originally forecast to linger through Thursday, but "there's a couple systems coming in, so timing will be everything," Jones said.
The system is moving in faster than expected, and "on Thursday it dries out for a bit until Saturday."
Weather can make it unpleasant going out on Halloween, but it doesn't usually prevent people going out, says Pattie Walker, of Pattie's Party Palace.
The store, which does a brisk trade in costumes this time of year is getting "about the same" business as last year, Walker said.
Rain may discourage some homeowners decorating for Halloween, but "I don't think it stops anyone going out," she said.
The Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District's records show about 7,500 children between the ages of six and 14 in Nanaimo - the age bracket Statistics Canada considers to be make up the bulk of trick and treaters.
Look for a mix of sun and cloud Thursday, with temperatures ranging between 8 and 11 degrees Celsius.
"Thursday it dries out for a bit until Saturday, so it looks like this little front is coming faster and it's good for the trick-andtreaters," said Jones.
"It looks better than it has." Rain is forecast for Saturday, then sunshine is predicted for Sunday, but with cooler temperatures.
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