We thought so, too. To that end, here are ten things you can do with those crunchy bits of red, yellow and orange:
- Stuff a scarecrow. Instructions below.
- Spice up a BBQ supper. Apple and Maple leaves make a flavorful addition to an outdoor cooking fire.
- Bag 'em up and send to a friend living in Hawaii or Alaska; they always get a kick out of such "exotic" treats.
- Hot-glue dozens of leaves to a wreath base, easily obtained at any craft store. Add a few seed pods for an especially lovely door decoration.
- Make a bouquet by attaching single leaves to a straw or bamboo skewer and arrange in a vase.
- Slip one special leaf into a grandchild's Halloween card.
- Pile the prettiest leaves into a basket for an instant Fall time centerpiece.
- Fill a clear glass lamp base with leaves for timely, temporary decor.
- String leaves, alternating with cranberries, for a gorgeous swag which can be draped over a curtain rod or wrapped around a banister.
- Powder especially fragrant leaves into an incense, which can be burned on coal disks.
- Old pants, shirt and gloves. A funky straw hat, too, if you have one.
- Broom handle
- Safety pins
- Old boots
- Brown paper grocery-store bag or burlap sack
- Acrylic or poster paints
- All the Autumn leaves you can find
For Scarecrow's head: A burlap sack is best, but a brown paper grocery bag will do. Stuff it full of leaves and form into more or less the shape of a head, tuck the bag end into the shirt then safety-pin to into the shirt. Use acrylic paints to make a face. (Poster paints will suffice if you live in a super dry area.) Attach the hat to the head with safety pins and there you go - an easy Scarecrow to guard your yard from all those scary ghoulies and ghosties.