There are reports that pumpkins will be more expensive and more difficult to find this year due to a bad crop season. If you find that to be the case, consider using other edible gourds as decorations.
Nothing will replace the traditional carved jack-o-lantern—don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you give that up entirely. Buy one pumpkin that you family carves together and then use the edible gourds to help make a display. Traditional carving pumpkins are edible, but they have so much more water in them than pie pumpkins or sugar pumpkins that many people do not waste their time roasting them. In contrast, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squashes are beautiful and delicious! While the jack-o-lantern really only works for Halloween, the other winter squashes are pretty in a cornucopia for Thanksgiving. A decoration that lasts a long time, looks pretty, is relatively inexpensive, AND you can eat—that’s a great deal!