Whether you gorw them or visit a local farm stand, fall is the time to pick your pumpkins. The saying “frost on the pumpkin” is just that—and definitely not a guide to pumpkin harvest or display. Pumpkins that experience frost don’t last as long. Another risk to early rot is a broken stem, so avoid carrying pumpkins by the stem.
Rustic baskets lined with wheat straw and filled with pumpkins are a chic seasonal focal point that you can leave in place through the fall. Throw the straw and pumpkins into the compost pile after Thanksgiving.
For a truly seasonal candy dish, hollow out a pumpkin and slice it with two-thirds at the bottom and one-third for a lid. Line the bottom with seasonal fabric and fill it with candy for trick or treaters.