Well, we just stood there dumbfounded for a few seconds, staring at this whole row of pumpkins that looked like they'd been shot with a cannonball. We couldn't imagine what could have done this in such a short time. Literally, it had only been a few minutes, as we gathered up the other pumpkins. Thoughts of evil spirits and demons crossed my mind, just for a few seconds, I admit it. Then we looked closely at the violated jack-o-lanterns, and saw the tooth marks; raccoons! They must have been up in the trees around our house just waiting for us to leave those pumpkins alone for a few moments. They sure work fast!
This time, we'll put the carved pumpkins in the garage until it's time to light them. I can only hope that the burning candle will deter the demonic raccoons.