Part of Pumpkin Festival is the decorating of homes, yards, and businesses. There is a competition, but I don't enter it. I don't go all out like some, but each year I have added more to the front porch. I skipped the bales of hay and the corn husks. They're expensive, messy, and a pain to get rid of.
I don't care if the mums do eventually die; they're lovely while they bloom. Flowers are happiness compacted into colorful blooms that send waves of cheeriness through me. Last year I was able to buy ones that I could plant and all three bushes blessed me with an overabundance of blooms from late July until now. This year I couldn't get to the nursery that sells the ones meant to last our winters. Her hours were erratic and I couldn't make it back from school in time. So Walmart had to do.
The decorations have to include pumpkins and gourds, but not carved pumpkins. Scarecrows are also a huge hit. Some people build massive displays on their lawns and porches.
I don't have a lawn. I'm in a home that goes like this: open door, walk about 7 steps to porch steps. Walk down 2 steps and cross sidewalk in 3 steps max. The next step will put you in an extremely busy street where the coal trucks come rumbling down a hill and whip around a bend throwing dirt and stones up on my house and my neighbors' houses. So nah! You don't want to take that last step!
Anyhow here's how my porch looked. I'm not a master decorator, but I have fun.
The one in the above picture still has its summer blossoms. Almost all my summer flowers are still blooming.
The plants didn't grow as tall as they usually do, but considering the 90 degree weather that blistered this area for most of August, I'm pleased that they survived.