Dear Anna,

My kids (4, 6, and 9) have pretty much been counting down to Halloween since November 1, 2019. They've had their costumes planned for months and have been reminiscing about the homes with the best candy. 

My wife and I originally thought we'd take them on a sort of modified trick-or-treating tour — visiting only homes where we could keep a safe distance from others, for example — but now that COVID cases are rising in our state and some counties have even banned trick-or-treating altogether, we're second-guessing our not-very-fleshed-out plan. 

Should we sorely disappoint our kids and cancel trick-or-treating? If so, we need a plan B — STAT! 

— Anthony, Austin 

Dear Anthony,

I can relate — to your kids. Growing up, I remember getting upset that daylight savings time meant trick-or-treating would begin an hour later than it would have had we not set the clocks back the night prior. (My relationship to that extra hour has changed.)

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