I ended up carving my remaining pumpkins a few hours before darkness. Here is the "caged pumpkin" I made. I took a decorative wire birdcage, carved a small pumpkin that would fit inside, cut bat wings out of a sturdy cardstock and inserted them in slits in the sides of my pumpkin. Waaaalaaaa! The caged pumpkin! I used a battery-operated tea light for this guy because these smaller pumpkins tend to get all burned and funky when real flame candles are used:
The full moon the night before was spectacular with atmospheric clouds floating across it and a spooky halo.
Remember, you are never too old to dress up and have some fun!
We have to take advantage of the fun and enjoyable moments of life---remembrance of the good times can often get us through the dark times.