I bought a "pie" pumpkin (at least I thought it was a pie pumpkin) and left it outside on the porch for about twenty minutes before bringing it inside to carve it. Squirrels had ALREADY started feasting!!
I decided to carve two faces - one on the front and one on the back. I used the squirrel gnawed areas as guidelines for vent holes. As soon as I cut it open, I realized that this was NOT a pie pumpkin at all. It was an immature Hallowe'en pumpkin - the tasteless watery kind.
Because we were buying pumpkins on Hallowe'en Day itself, many stores had zero pumpkins left. And the ones that were left were in a sorry state. T loves to carve a large pumpkin. This one was insanely spoiled on the back - mushy, in fact. The pumpkin was left outside in the back garden for about an hour and no squirrels came near it....
It was also quite unwilling to stand upright without a little help from a folded newprint prop.
On 1 November, both pumpkins were put into the compost heap. If we'd known about the pumpkin festival at Sorauren Park, we would have taken the small pumpkin over. (Not the big pumpkin though. It was already frighteningly furry and white inside!)