Sick and disgusting!
That is what a carved pumpkin looks like a week after the Pumpkin Carving party. I thought it appropriate to keep it around, fly-infested and decaying, for Halloween.
Of course, the real meaning of Halloween is the opening of the Candy Season (for which I have been training all year).
The High Holy Days of Candy Season are, of course, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter. Other days can be snuck in there with "harvest" colored candy kisses for Thanksgiving, and the creep of Peeps into every other holiday. In fact, I think that having a Peep shape for a holiday officially inaugurates it into the Candy Season.
Here is a page from the liturgy of the First High Holy Day of Candy Season, courtesy of Jerry Seinfeld:
Have happy, spooky tricks and treats!
ETA: My favorite scene from "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," in which the World War I Flying Ace must bail out of his Sopwith Camel after being shot down by the Red Baron. Stealthily, he escapes through the French countryside, finding his way to a Halloween Party. There, he touches his lips to a Bossy Girl's lips, then rejoices to piano tunes. Alas, his true nature outs when his grief over his lost comrades leads him to howl at the moon.