Chicago Weather: More rain expected on already wet Halloween

Possible storms in the Chicago area on Thursday could scare away the ghosts and goblins on Halloween night.
October 31, 2013 4:16:51 PM PDT
Possible storms in the Chicago area on Thursday could scare away the ghosts and goblins on Halloween night.

VIDEO: Watch Jerry Taft's trick-or-treating forecast

ABC7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ravi Baichwal managed to find some trick-or-treaters out and about on Thursday, despite the weather.

The rain did little to dampen the spirits of princesses and superheroes enjoying what feel like a holiday, and anticipating the night ahead.

Ravi Baichwal asks a young trick-or-treater: "What about trick-or-treating in the rain, is that a problem?"
Boy dressed as 'Superman': "Not for me, I have X-ray vision for to keep me not wet!"

While it drizzled through the afternoon in Evanston on Thursday, parents said they'd forge ahead for their kids' sake.

"I think something about the weather maybe has got people extra charged. The rain kind of brings out the energy that you wouldn't expect. You'd expect people to be sleepy, but I think we're more charged up with the weather," said Natalie Sopteren, parent.

Ravi Baichwal asks a parent: "Does he have the courage to trick-or-treat in the rain?"
"We asked last night and he said, 'I will take my umbrella and we will go door-to-door,'" said Jessica Bostrom, parent.

In schools it took massive amounts of concentration to stay with the lesson plan. In Ms. Warren's Kingsley Elementary fifth grade, students were mask-making to commemorate Dia de Los Muertes, or the Day of the Dead.

Back at the Crown Center, the objective of this night is a little less complicated.

Ravi Baichwal asks the young 'Superman': "Do you think you could share your X-ray vision with the other kids?"
'Superman': "Yeah, I think so."
Ravi: "Now, when you're not Superman, what is your name?"
'Superman': "Clark Kent. Because I wear my Superman costume under my clothes!"

Parents and children alike in Evanston said they planned to enjoy the Halloween night no matter what the weather is.

Heavy rains snarl traffic Thursday morning

Heavy rains and high water led to flooded roadways, traffic slowdowns and many crashes on Thursday morning, including one caught on camera on the Stevenson Expressway.

Heavy flooding was reported on several area expressways, where high waters can be especially dangerous. Between Pulaski and Kedzie, flooding led to a four-car pileup. Drivers are urged to take it slow.

"I'm driving down from the South Loop so I have been in my car for about half an hour," Alexandra Escobar, driver, said. "It's very bad heavy traffic. I still need to go to 65th."

"It's been horrible. I mean everyone is driving so slow today," Eric Aranda, driver, said.

"There is definitely some high water on the side of the road, but it's slowing things down. But not too bad, could be worse," Rob Felts said. "Most people are driving right through it, as far as I can tell."

The CTA also rerouted some buses due to the flooding.


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