Happy October! Time to dust off the Halloween decorations! Halloween in Alaska is a little different from the lower 48. Up here, you have to choose your costumes based on size. If you want someone to actually see the outfit, it has to be worn over your jacket and snow pants. We didn't know that our first year. Brandon would go up to someones door to trick or treat and they would ask what he was. He would open his coat so that they could see his costume, and then they would tell him he looked cool. Then he'd get the candy. Last year, both the kids opted for Halloween parties instead. They figured it was just easier. We still have a great turnout from the trick or treaters at the door, though. Most kids are willing to brave the elements to get that sugar rush.