Sadly, the day
after Halloween usually marks the death of most Halloween pumpkins and like any corpse
they begin to decay, draw flies, smell and rot very quickly. It seems so heartless and
cruel to simply toss them into a garbage can to be hauled off with the trash
after they gave us such joy with their enchanting and spooky light.
Those were our feelings
many decades ago when my wife and I were about to dispose of our Jack O' Lanterns
on November first. Our solution to this regrettable situation was to create a new family tradition and
provide them with a proper burial.
In a small patch of earth in our backyard we dig a
grave for our faithful pumpkins. This seemed more fitting than throwing
them in a trash bag and sending them to the local land fill to rot,
wondering what they had done to displease us so.
We picked a spot in our
back yard that was out of the way and unused, where they could go back
to the earth and maybe become a spot for planting pumpkin the following
year. After placing them into the
earth and covering them we give the a funeral with a short eulogy to show our appreciation and respect.
A Simple Eulogy
We are gathered here to pay homage to our dearly
departed Jack O' Lanterns!
Through out their short
lives, our Halloween Pumpkins
have brought both us and
our Trick-or-Treaters much joy.
We now consign them to
the earth, from whence they came.
May They Rest in
You can use the one above that we came up with or make one of your own.
It's a great way to spend some quality time with your kids, they can
help dig the hole or fill it in. It also helps teach them respect for
things, showing them that you just don't carelessly toss things
away, everything has a purpose and should be treated with respect.
We think that the Great Pumpkin
would be very impressed!