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I’ve often wished that Halloween really should be moved to the spring and summer, when the weather is a bit nicer. At the end of October, the northeastern area of the country is usually very rainy and cold. Every year, I absolutely dread the Halloween ordeal. I have two children, and I make their costumes, instead of buying them. Making the costumes is expensive and a lot of work, but it is our special tradition. I always urge them to choose a costume designed to 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 wet snow. It is not unusual to have temperatures below freezing, sleet, or even pouring rain. We always make an effort to stop at the firehall midway through the trick-or-treating ordeal, because it’s warm inside. The firemen set up a large table of drinks and organize games, and of course, 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 in the area. Because I have a smart thermostat, I make sure to set 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 off my kids, fix them hot cocoa, and let them devour their candy. The kids huddle on the supply vent of the furnace, watching scary movies until bedtime.

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