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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.

Pumpkin GraveyardThose 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 Peace!

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!



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