I always say. "You can never decorate for Christmas too early."
However....there is such a thing as carving your pumpkin too early.
Alex was a little bummed out to see his jack o' lantern when we got back from our trip.
(Photo credit to our neighbor Susan. Everyone needs a neighbor who will pick up packages from your doorstep when you are gone. Or take photos of your be-moldened pumpkins and then e-mail it to you at the beach:)