For me, fall officially starts when the final out is recorded in the World Series.

Fall arrived at about 10:22 p.m. Oct. 30.

Even though it's called the Fall Classic and temperatures sink in the 30s and 40s by the time the games end, I consider it summer until baseball ends.

But even though my calendar is a bit uneven, my wife and I spent the day before Halloween decorating for the ghosts and goblins that would come the next night. A sure sign that fall is here and winter is on its way.

It also means the next couple months my wife will spend taking down the fall decorations and putting up the Christmas decorations.

That's great. I'm all for decorating our home inside and out.

But what isn't so great is the annual hauling of plastic storage tubs.

When we lived in Columbus, Neb., it meant putting the fall tubs in the attic and bringing down the growing and endless number of tubs filled with Christmas lights and decorations.

Now we go up and down the stairs with them.

It was better when the kids were younger because they equated decorating for Christmas with the arrival of Santa Claus.

As my daughter, Claire, entered the teenage years, she somehow excused herself from this chore.

Not sure how she did it, but teenagers have their way.

It still wasn't too bad because Alek was a couple years younger and could still be bossed around.

At some point, it ended up being mostly my wife and I and these tubs.

Claire and Alek still enjoyed our annual trip to pick out our Christmas tree, but decorating was less exciting for them.

Now that they are in college, and away from the hum-drum life of home, coming home and helping out is somewhat fun again for them.

Also, since Alek isn't home as much, he's happy to help out.

It's also nice that since Claire has a boyfriend, we can enlist his help.

Halloween used to be one of Alek's favorite days and not just because of the candy. He loved to decorate the outside of the house.

I would come home from work, and he and my wife had the house ready to scare.

Because of a few vandals, we stopped decorating too early. This year, we wanted to have everything set up sooner, but rain and me standing outside putting up lights and spider webs don't mix.

Hopefully, winter will give us at least one nice day to put out the Christmas decorations.

If we're going to lug all those tubs around, the decorations better be put to good use.

Patrick Murphy, of Humphrey, Neb., is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.