Round our house on Hallowe'en, we do things a bit differently. Instead of candy, we lay out a spread of party favors and knick knacks worthy of a 5 and 10 cent store. We are the most popular stop on the the street and sell out after 300 visitors.
We also don't settle for carving just pumpkins. Hubbard squash, though the devil and all to carve, makes a ghoulish jack-o'-lantern. Any gourd will do, like the little ghostly white one that Elias fell for and the great crusty carbuncle of a squash that caught my eye. It looked like that mutant orc Gothmog dreamed up by Peter Jackson and Co. in the Return of the King to lead the foot soldiers of Mordor, hence the hobgoblin that now flashes its warty grin on our front porch.
The smooth skinned varieties lend themselves to engraving. Emily asked for a Tiger, and Tigerhawk, I'm sure, would approve of the result: