Happy Halloween! Fall seemed to skip us this year in central Missouri and it went straight from summer to winter. That was a bit of a shock unfortunately. We were not prepared for that at all. I woke up this morning to go to work, only to find that it had snowed. That was even more of a shock.

This would be the first snowfall of the year. I feel like with winter hitting so fast, it will only get worse and the weather will be nasty come the following winter months ahead. Though it did not snow very much, it still was really cold. I took this photo walking from the parking lot into my job at work. 

Luckily, the sun starting coming out later on in the afternoon and melted the snow and making it a bit warmer out, but not much. The kids did not have school that day as it was a teacher workday so that was nice that they got the day to relax and play before heading out to grab their candy. 

We debated whether or not to go trick-or-treating because of the cold. It got down to around 19 degrees, but in the end, we decided to beat the cold weather and still enjoy ourselves as much as we could. By the end of the night, no one could see the kid's costumes as everyone was bundled up in their hat, mittens, and coats.

Natalya went as a skeleton. She was going to paint her face, but in the end, she decided not to. Reggie went as a ninja, and Larissa was Elsa. We had pumpkins carved and ready to sit outside for trick-or-treaters coming to our house. Natalya carved the Pennywise pumpkin all by herself. Not bad for a 13-year-old. I was impressed.
By the end of the night, the kids came home with their bags filled with candy. And GOOD candy. I was impressed that people were handing out full size and king-size candy bars, Lindt truffles, dove chocolates... we picked some good neighborhoods to walk through apparently. 
So, all and all it was a win-win! Even though it was cold, the kids got some great treats and I got some much-needed exercise and fresh air. Hopefully next year it isn't as cold, and we can stay out a little longer.

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