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Purists go for fresh pumpkins and it’s a great tradition to follow. They have a warm and earthy aroma when illuminated with candles. They start to decompose within a week; display in a cool shady area.
Faux pumpkin fans prefer the fake ones primarily because they last from season to season. They are also lightweight.
Purchase them year-round at funkins.com or buy in-season at craft stores or large retail chains.