I've been doing this small "committal ritual" with my Halloween pumpkins for many years, even before I began my pagan journey. It was always just something that felt right, so I did it. This was the first time I had used it for another observance.
This was my first celebration and I think it went well. Next time I'll have to try some new things and put more into it. I'll have to incorporate more of my prayer ritual. I'll have to see what I can do for Samhain/Halloween.
The thing is, the roommates aren't too comfortable with the whole pagan ritual thing in the house. Only reason I got to have this celebration was I was alone this weekend with the roomies being out of town. I'll have to see what I can do.