I started a pumpkin collection that is showcased every year October through Thanksgiving. The wood or ceramic, decorative pumpkin that does not need a carving knife.
Lots of smashing pumpkin color and shapes for two in a row, Holiday home decor. Two months of autumn colors to enjoy.
In our local town there is a teen thing that goes on that is not good for your carved pumpkin treasures. We have a steep mountain cut road that has become smashing pumpkin alley. No matter how simple your carved pumpkin is, it most likely will become crow and coyote feed along this roadway. I still have real pumpkins that stay in the house or the back yard. A white pumpkin from the grocery was very decorative and remained good till mid-March. Amazing. It was finally tossed into the compost bin.