Got all of our pumpkins picked now and set them out to cure. I learned that after picking they should sit in the sun for up to two weeks to cure and harden the outer skin. Seems to be working. Our biggest pumpkin this year weighed in at a wopping 48.2 pounds! Not huge by any standards, but for us that is far beyond the 10 pounders we got in the past. Lots of carving on the schedule now.
Also decided to make another group prop from a 10$ walmart skeleton for the fireplace hearth. Happy with the way it turned out. Did not really want to use my Pumpkinrot jack in it, but after putting him there, it looked right and so at home.