With Storm in Forecast, Leesburg Cancels Parade; Hamilton, Purcellville Add 2nd Trick-or-Treating Night

The Leesburg Kiwanis Club has cancelled this evening’s Halloween Parade in Leesburg due to weather and safety concerns. It will not be rescheduled.

While keeping spectators safe at home, the club was able to keep its streak alive—holding the parade for 63 consecutive years—by having Mayor Kelly Burk ride down King Street in a convertible, escorted by several police vehicles and a fire truck on Thursday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in effect until midnight covering much of Northern and Central Virginia and Maryland.

The Towns of Purcellville and Hamilton are giving trick-or-treaters the chance to avoid tonight’s wet weather and instead collect their candy Friday night.

Both towns have added Friday, Nov. 1 as a secondary trick-or-treating night—Hamilton from 6-9 p.m. and Purcellville from dusk until 9 p.m. In both towns, parents are asked to use their best judgment when determining whether it is safe for their children to go door to door Thursday night.

The National Weather Service also issued a hazardous weather outlook that includes warnings of scattered severe thunderstorms with possible flooding and damaging wind gusts of up to 50 mph and the possibility of an isolated tornado.