Just after we moved into our new home 17 years ago, I bought two of the largest pumpkins we had ever had. It was exciting for both of my kids and myself. We put them outside on the front stoop waiting for the day we were going to carve them into jack-o-lanterns.
Arriving home a few days later, I came home to smashed bits of pumpkin all over the street in front of my driveway and that was the end of our giant pumpkins. Two overweight bullies who lived a four houses west of us got mad at my son and so they did their little destructive fit and left me an awful mess to clean up. I was furious but what could I do, I had no proof. We had no pumpkins that year!
Since that time, I never put the pumpkins outside but let the flame within the pumpkin shine through the window, their triangle eye sand toothy mouth holes. I bought an electric light plastic pumpkin (made in China) and that is all I do for Halloween now. I still get annoyed at the fact that 80% of our goods in our stores come with a label "made in China".