Holidays often mark evident transitions from being childless to having children. But Halloween is perhaps the sharpest contrast when it comes to "pre" versus "post" baby days. My husband and I used to get decked out in costumes and party on vampire time attending house or block parties. Tipping back cocktails and dancing was the adult form of trick-or-treating. Then, with parenthood arrived our obligation to do the mad dash with our darlings.

It's the carefully choreographed dance from work to scarf down dinner, outfit our tots, map a route to all our relatives houses and hit the streets to trick-or-treat. It's a shuffle that has hiccups no matter how much you plan. And, one that is worth wearing plain clothes and watching my children run up and down flights of stairs soliciting candy in their costumes and collecting memories.

What are your family's plans tonight?