Joan, I really like your idea of removing the carved pumpkins, but using everything else for the rest of the season.
On my daily walks I am noticing lots of decorations now. My favorite are the scarecrows sitting atop bales of hay.
There are also lots of Halloween decorations going up. I don't decorate for Halloween, but I get a huge kick out of the imagination of others. One house has "cemetary" set up in their yard with faux tombstones and even an iron fence all the way around it.
Their porch has lots of fake spiderwebs and big ugly spiders hanging about. They also have a creepy Frankenstein guy. I wouldn't be surprised if they play scary music when the 31st arrives. I can just see the little kids trying to decide if they dare approach! LOL