I'm a nature lover and use natural materials over the fake alternatives. My way is naturally beautiful and biodegradable. Yes, I spend money every year on decor but I also support the small farmers in my area.
When my eldest son was visiting he commented on how delicious those pumpkins are roasted. He and his friends ate some that they threw on the hot coals of a camp fire and roasted. So the day after Thanksgiving I brought them in and put them in the basement to store them. They usually just end up in my compost pile.
I cut the white one open today and it is by far the meatiest pumpkin I've ever encountered. It took some time and muscle just to cut it open. I thought I would just cut it and roast it for dinner but there was so much of it that I made pumpkin, potato soup and it's delicious.
If you have any great recipes for pumpkin besides pie and soup, please share your ideas. If you want to try my soup recipe here it is:
Halloween Pumpkin Soup!
10 pounds of pumpkin cut into chunks
2 white potatoes also cut into chunks
2 white onions chopped
2 carrots chopped
chicken stock or water
Sauté the onions and add the carrots and cook for a few minutes, then add the pumpkin and the stock. I had one quart of stock and added enough water to cover the squash. Add salt and pepper and a teaspoon of thyme. Cook until soft. Let cool for a little while then process in a food processor. Top the soup with roasted pumpkin seeds to serve.