Ok, I would have stuck a big fat candle in my pumpkin and never thought twice about it!  Good reminder about what NOT to do this Halloween.  Darned drought is spoiling all of our fun!  I do like the suggestion of using some LED lights.  I am going to try that.  Oh, and note to self, buying a pumpkin in September and putting it outside in front of my tree was not a good idea.  I had to scoop it up last night!