Trick or treat? It was a horrible trick.

Halloween 30 years ago-Midwest gets 28 inches of snow. Bismarck breaks records at minus 10. Twenty-two people were killed, 100 injured let's read on...


Halloween was way different when I was a kid.  We were neighborhood gangs of ghouls on a mission for candy.  We carried pillowcases to collect candy for two reasons- you could put a ton of candy in there and...when the big kids tried to steal your candy you hung on like a son-of-a-gun to hold on to that sweet candy. Never stole my candy

You always wanted to wear your costume on the outside!

Back in the 70s, we had things called "snowmobile suits".  We didn't all have snowmobiles but we had suits!


But how uncool to trick or treat that way.  Also uncool to trick or treat this way

Car buried in snow

Thirty years ago in 1991, Halloween got EXTREME in the Midwest. North Dakota was spared the 28 inches of snow but Bismarck also registered a chilly 10 below on All Hallows Eve.

Here's the Wikipedia entry because that day deserved its own accolades.

Yup, Midwest Halloween 1991 gets its own Wikipedia page. Because we should all remember how completely f***ed up that Halloween was. I remember being in Minot and going out to a Halloween party and being 21 years old and vain enough to insist on wearing my costume alone.  I froze my nards off walking to the party. (I'm still soo vain. Let me clarify I was actually 27 in 1991). But I was still cold.


You've waited long enough.. here are the excruciating details of Halloween 1991.

The 1991 Halloween Blizzard developed from a strong arctic cold front that pushed south and east through the central United States several days prior. On October 28, temperatures to the east of the cold front were above normal. High temperatures reached into the 70s from the middle Mississippi River Valley south into northern Texas, and into the 80s across much of central and southern Texas. Meanwhile, high temperatures remained below 20 degrees Fahrenheit across most of Montana and Wyoming.

The lead-in to the phenomenon

In eastern Minnesota, the Halloween Blizzard shattered many of the previous October snowfall records. The 28 inches that fell in the Twin Cities on October 31 was more snow than had ever been recorded in any October in its recorded history. November 1 saw similar daily records fall, but with a more wide reaching area from most of central Minnesota eastward to La Crosse and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Following the storm Arctic air poured southward from Canada to produce many record low temperatures in these same areas. Bismarck, North Dakota, sank to −10 °F on October 31, breaking their previous record low of 6 °F (−14 °C) by 16 degrees.[8] Record snow and cold was recorded as far south as Nebraska and Colorado.[9][10] The Arctic air also spread over Chicago, recording a low of 11 on November 4


And did you wisely put on a snowmobile suit?

Beautiful North Dakota home found full of dead animals.

North Dakota Treasures Well Worth The Drive.

[gallery gallerytitle="North Dakota Treasures Well Worth The Drive." galleryid="502:310450"]

More From Cool 98.7 FM