Every fall, I try to guess which house on my route will be getting the "green pumpkin award". This award goes to the family that waits the longest to finally discard their Halloween pumpkin...which frequently means just letting it rot and slowly dissolve into a puddle of green slime. Sometimes, this green moldy puddle is simply covered up in early December by some sort of Christmas decoration. I have also noticed that many winners of the green pumpkin award are also usually in the running for the "brown tree award" which is given away in Febuary or March to the family that waits the longest to finally get rid of its Christmas tree. Last winter was much colder than usual, and I saw several rotten pumpkins that were still sitting on porches in the spring.