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Watch for the rare blue moon appearing this Halloween

A Blue Moon, the second full moon in the month, will take place on Halloween this year.
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September 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Halloween promises to be a little more special this year, and the reason has nothing to do with the global pandemic.

The next blue moon will come on Oct. 31 this year, just in time for Halloween.

According to, it’s called a Blue Moon because it’s the second of two full moons to occur on a single calendar month, not because it's coloured blue.

The first of the two full moons for next month occurs on Oct. 1.

The last blue moon occurred on March 31, 2018.

A blue moon can also be the third of four full moons in a single season, the next seasonal full moon coming on Aug. 22, 2021.

The Farmers’ Almanac says the appearance of a full moon on Halloween is a rare event.

The last time a Halloween full moon appeared was in 1944, and the next time we’ll see it will be 2039, so enjoy this year’s special moonlit night of trick or treating.

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