Many years ago, when summer was over I yanked all of my drooping flowers out of their containers and put out some Indian corn, cornstalks and pumpkins on my front porch. The pumpkins were always eaten and tipped over, the corn was chewed to the bone and it looked pretty sad by Halloween.
Halloween used to be my favorite holiday because even though I was working full time with two children I had the neighborhood party. We rented movies from the library and I made food ahead of time for the freezer so that everything would be ready for the big day.
Faux is becoming much more real. These are faux gourds, achilliea, pears, pumpkins and little birds. The pumpkins, gourds and pears are from Pottery Barn all arranged in an antique etched container.
Decorations now are over the top, lights, mummies, ghosts ringing the trees,talking vampires and witches the lawn ornaments and the celebration goes on for over a month. I have given up on the real pumpkins, so I use the type you buy at a craft store, sprayed with marine varnish, and some are ceramic. The pumpkins and gourds look so real now, there is no reason not to decorate containers and window boxes. Long picks can also be purchased to stick through the decorations and anchor in the soil.
Don't be concerned about using faux with real. My situation is squirrels, so my quest each year is to find pumpkins that look either very decorative or real. Each year it has become easier to find gourds and pumpkins that mimic the real thing. Another faux acceptable is grasses because the real thing will collapse and wilt in your containers.
Halloween is still a favorite (not the Trick-Or-Treating as my dog goes crazy) with a family party and optional costumes.