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Tuesday is expected to be 20 degrees colder than last year. In 2016, the Halloween high temp reached 55 degrees. This Halloween, the high is not expected to rise past a chilly 35 degrees as the weather makes a hard turn from fall toward winter. BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration

It's back to thinking about fitting costumes over coats and ways to stay warm this Halloween.

Tuesday is expected to be 20 degrees colder than last year. In 2016, the Halloween high temp reached 55 degrees. This Halloween, the high is not expected to rise past a chilly 35 degrees as the weather makes a hard turn from fall toward winter, leaving some with a list of fall chores yet to do before winter arrives in earnest. Last year, the ground had yet to freeze and flowers were still in full bloom with green grass and no trace of snow as Halloween approached. Whether candy supplies will see a decrease in demand is yet to be determined. On the plus side, the Halloween forecast calls for cloudy skies, lighter breeze and no precipitation.

The lakes area history covers a range from summerlike to cool to downright cold Halloween nights. The data comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data via the National Weather Service in Duluth.

A look at Oct. 31 from 2016 to 1997 runs the gamut.

• 2016—55

• 2015—47

• 2017—38

• 2013—43

• 2012—51

• 2011—47

• 2010—48

• 2009—39

• 2008—57

• 2007—58

• 2006—32

• 2005—49

• 2004—47

• 2003—37

• 2002—32

• 2001—57

• 2000—64

• 1999—70

• 1998—51

• 1997—48

The warmest Oct. 31 on record in Brainerd was short-sleeve weather of 72 degrees back in 1901. The normal high this time of year is 48 degrees.

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