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Halloween pumpkin recycle instead of dispose: 6 ingenious ideas what you can do with the pumpkin leftovers after the festival

Whether you’ve decorated small ornamental pumpkins, or carved giant jack-o-lanterns for your front entrance, you’re sure to face a dilemma the day after Halloween: what to do with all those leftover pumpkins without wasting them? Fortunately, you can recycle the Halloween pumpkin and do a lot with it. Are you also wondering how to reuse the decorations after the spooky holiday? Here are 6 great ideas to get you started.

1. eat the leftovers from the Halloween pumpkin

How to recycle the Halloween pumpkin

There are quite a few recipes using pumpkin that can make wonderful additions to your fall kitchen. Before you decide on a delicious recipe, we’d like to make two points about food safety:

First, use only uncut pumpkins for eating. As soon as you cut into a pumpkin, even if you only superficially score it or stick a toothpick in it to attach a decoration, the two-hour food safety clock starts ticking, after which the pumpkin is no longer edible. Also, most carved pumpkins are used for decorating outside, where they may be covered with dirt and bugs, so you should store these pumpkins after Halloween for purposes other than eating.

Second, uncut pumpkins can be eaten, but be careful what you use when painting on them. Look for edible markers sold at bakery and craft stores instead of using permanent markers or paint. If you have already painted an uncut pumpkin with non-edible items, wash the outside of the pumpkin and cut away the painted or inked areas before preparing it for eating.

Recipes with Halloween pumpkins that are not carved

If you follow food safety rules, you can recycle your Halloween pumpkin and make delicious recipes with it. In the fall, pumpkin soup is a classic for cold days, although you can impress your guests with a risotto or a delicious casserole. If you prefer sweet, you can go for a delicious pumpkin pie instead or bake some healthy cookies with pumpkin and aromatic autumn spices. The selection of recipes is really wide.

2. make beauty products with pumpkin

Make your own face mask with pumpkin, honey and milk

Oatmeal is not the only food you can use for a face mask. Pumpkin puree, honey and milk together make a soothing and vitamin-rich facial. To make it, mix 2 teaspoons of pumpkin puree with 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey and 1 teaspoon of milk or yogurt. Leave the mask on your face for 20 minutes and then rinse well. Note: The mask will be bright orange in color.

Please note: Any pumpkin you use on your skin or use for food should be one of the fresh pumpkins that you have not cut or carved.

3. Recycle Halloween pumpkin and make a bird feeder.

How to recycle Halloween pumpkin - make a bird feeder yourself from pumpkin scraps


If you have a small pumpkin that is not too heavy, you can turn it into a bird feeder. Simply cut it horizontally down the middle, empty the inside and fill it with birdseed. Either leave the pumpkin on a garden table as is, or hang it from a tree by wrapping several thick strings or ropes under the base.

Make your own bird feeder from Halloween pumpkin

You can recycle the pumpkin seeds from the Halloween pumpkin and also add them to your regular bird feeders. Rinse and dry the seeds before mixing them in. Do not season or salt them, the birds will eat them as is.

4. make a planter for the garden itself.

Make a plant pot for the garden from pumpkin


Pumpkins decompose over time. So if you want to do something with the pumpkin that won’t end up in the trash afterwards, make a degradable planter for the garden. First, fill the tray with potting soil and add flowers or another plant you like. When the pumpkin starts to decompose, plant the whole thing in the ground where the pumpkin will act as fertilizer.

5. Donate Halloween pumpkin to a local zoo.

Animals in the zoo can eat your Halloween pumpkins

You’ve cooked, mashed and crafted as much as you can, and still have more pumpkins in your kitchen? Then clean them up and call your local zoo or animal shelter. Many animals like pumpkins and are happy every November when farms bring over their leftover pumpkins. There is no guarantee that the zoo will accept your pumpkins, but give them a call and find out.

6. compost leftover pumpkin.

Halloween pumpkin recycle and compost after the festival

Do you have an old carved pumpkin that you can’t reuse? Do you have a rotten pumpkin bird feeder or leftovers from cooking? Composting is the solution.

It’s easy to shred and compost your Halloween pumpkin. Just add it to your compost pile or compost bin. You can combine the shredded pumpkin with other organic waste such as food scraps and leaves to create a nutrient-rich compost for your garden plants.