We placed our carved pumpkins on the stoop, readied the house, warmed the cider, began a fire outside, and dressed in costumes. Olivia, in a peacock blue gown, masquerade bound and Adam, in a Minecraft costume that mirrored his own gaming skin, complete with axe and sword. Then our friend Noah, came by to join in trick-or-treating and the kids were off, braving the cold and the still snow-covered ground. Soon, a cold Olivia was home again, handing out treats and making up a simple dinner with me, as Alex and the boys continued their search for treats. Later, all of us by the fire, around the table, laughing. We listened to Blunt and Olivia's piece on the origins of Halloween. And later still, a ritual viewing of Nightmare Before Christmas. Our Halloween night; a simple, memorable, magical night.