I have often thought that Halloween should be moved to the spring or summer, when the weather is a bit nicer. At the end of October, the northeastern part of the country is usually very damp and cold. Every year, I absolutely dread the whole Halloween ordeal. I have three children, and I make rather than buy their costumes. Making the costumes is expensive and a great deal of work, but it is a tradition. I always urge the kids to choose a costume that will keep them warm and dry. It is not possible to go trick-or-treating in this area without a winter coat. We often trudge for miles, carrying heavy pumpkins full of candy, through several feet of snow. It is not unusual to have temperatures below freezing, sleet, or pouring rain. We always try to stop at the firehall midway through the trick-or-treating, because it’s warm there. The firemen set up a table of drinks and treats, organize games, and have their heating system cranked up high. I take the kids inside to soak up the heat for a few minutes, and then we continue to beg for candy at every remaining house on the block. Because I have a smart thermostat, I make sure to bump up the temperature at the house right before we return home. It is such a relief to step inside the house and feel the warm air. I strip the costumes off the kids, fix them hot chocolate, and let them devour their candy. The kids huddle near the supply vent of the furnace and watch scary movies until bedtime.