Welcome to the lovely week after Halloween…the moment in which we can breathe and enjoy the crisp, Fall air and the falling leaves before we descend into holiday planning. (Right? At least, that's where I am.)
Hopefully by now a respectable dent has been made in the Halloween candy haul and your decorations are either put away or are starting to come down. If you didn't decorate this year, you're ahead of the curve!
But what about the Jack O'Lantern? That pumpkin that looked so perky and festive just a few nights ago but, now, is melting on your front porch? Or is, perhaps, incubating a new species of mold?
@angelac1313 reminded me of an unintentional Parent Hack I "invented" a few years ago when I delayed too long in disposing of our Halloween pumpkins. If you leave your pumpkin to rot in peace in a sunny spot in your back yard (assuming there are a few seeds left in there), you may get a surprise pumpkin vine next year! And maybe even a free pumpkin or two.
I know. Calling this a Parent Hack is a reach since it's little more than thinly-veiled avoidance of a disgusting job. But the year we got a surprise pumpkin vine it was a MAJOR source of delight for the kids. Yes, the vine completely obscured the path from the driveway to the back door, but it was so fun to watch it grow (squash grows fast). There was a Jack In The Beanstalk quality to the whole thing, and we ended up having some pretty good "lemonade out of lemons" conversations as well. Free pumpkin vine out of rotten Jack O'Lanterns doesn't have the same ring, but I take what I can get.
If you have the room (and the stomach), scoop up your wobbly pumpkin with a shovel and transfer it to your back yard.
Then sit back and wait for the magic to happen.