Why did it have to be so hot on Halloween evening this year? It was actually cool and crisp throughout most of October. Then, in the last week of October, we ended up getting a miniature heatwave. As I was getting my kids ready to go out trick-or-treating, I checked the temperature and I was astounded! It was 82° outside! It's not even that hot on summer evenings around here, sometimes! Worst of all, I had chosen a costume a couple weeks prior without thinking about the possibility that it was going to be hot outside. It was a big, old, furry gorilla suit! My kids thought it was hilarious, but I dreaded going outside and leaving my air-conditioned house far more than the way I looked. Still, I'm a firm believer that Halloween can be one of the most fun and exciting holidays in the year for kids, so I resolved to take my kids out trick-or-treating, despite how swelteringly hot and sweaty I would end up being traipsing around the neighborhood with them. It's not like I was going to let them go all by themselves at this age! Sure enough, there wasn't even a slight breeze outside and it was hot and muggy. Quite often, when we got to a door and rang the doorbell, I felt a rush of cool air hit my gorilla mask as the door opened, and I truly wished that I could be inside in the air conditioning handing out candy like these other people! However, my kids showed no sign of flagging energy, and their candy sacks were not even quite halfway full, so it was still going to be a long night!