My suggestion is to put your real pumpkins on a stand or up high instead of on the ground. Especially, if you put glitter on a pumpkin to make it a Princess Pumpkin like I did. First the rabbits or squirrels stole my 2 mini pumpkins, then they came back and began eating the large one. So maybe plastic pumpkins will be better next year or no glitter so the little critters don't get sick. Always remember to use a flame-less candle to prevent fires.