I’ve often wished that Halloween could be moved to the spring or summer, when the weather is a little nicer. In October, the northeastern part of the country is usually very soaked and cold. Every year, I absolutely dread the full Halloween ordeal. I have three children, and I make, rather than buy all of their costumes. Making the costumes is expensive and a lot of work, but it is our family tradition. I always urge my kids to choose a costume that is able to keep them warm and dry. It is not possible to go trick-or-treating in this field without a winter jacket. We often walk for miles, carrying heavy pumpkins packed with candy, through several feet of snow. It is not unusual to have temperatures below freezing, sleet, or even pouring rain. We always try to stop by the firehall midway through because it’s warm inside there. The firemen set up a table of drinks and snacks, organize games, and have the heater cranked up full blast. I take the kids indoors to soak up the heat for a few minutes, and then we continue to beg for candy at every remaining house in the street. Because I have a smart thermostat, I make sure to increase the temperature at the house before we return home. It is such a relief to step inside and feel the warm air. I strip the costumes from the kids, fix them delicious hot chocolate, and let them snack on their candy. The kids huddle near the supply vent of the heater and watch scary movies they go to bed.