If your neighborhood looks anything like mine, there is a clash of fall and Christmas decorations. A few people are hanging onto their sad Jack o’ Lanterns. Many are still displaying whole pumpkins and gourds.
But with more lights going up and the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to think about proper disposal. Compost your rotting pumpkins or offer them to friends with gardens. Some farms and zoos will accept donations of whole pumpkins as food or toys. But please don’t toss them into the woods as food for wild animals. It’s never a good idea to train them to become dependent on humans for food. And for some creatures, like hedgehogs, pumpkin can be fatal.
I usually wait until the first week of December to decorate. But the weekend forecast looks pretty good, so I think I’ll get an early start this year. What about you, DeadSplinters?