What do you do with pumpkins after Halloween? For the longest time, pumpkins have been a must-have thing on Halloween – whether to carve into jack-o’-lanterns or use to create a fall front porch display. But have you ever wondered what happens to pumpkins after Halloween? Do people just throw them away once they’ve served their purpose, or do they eat them when the season is over?

Since they are a major part of these celebrations as decorations and carving them is one of the fun activities people do on Halloween, the number of pumpkins harvested in October is almost uncountable.

But where do all the pumpkins go after Halloween? If you ever asked yourself this question or this is your first time celebrating this holiday, and you are wondering what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween, this post is for you. There are numerous ways you can reuse, repurpose, or recycle your pumpkins when the spooky season is over instead of throwing them into the trash. Read on to find out some of the things you can do with your pumpkins after Halloween.

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What to Do with Pumpkins After Halloween

  1. Eat them
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If you decorated pumpkins without carving or used them as your front porch display during the fall season, all you need to do is wash away the paint, and most of them will still be good enough to eat after Halloween. Therefore, one of the best things to do with pumpkins after Halloween is to eat them.

While carving your other pumpkins, make sure not to throw away their edible parts and store them to bake, cook, roast, or make drinks later. There are so many delicious pumpkin recipes you can try out with the flesh and seeds instead of throwing them in the trash after Halloween.

For example, you can reuse your pumpkins after Halloween by roasting the seeds or making pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin puree, pumpkin stew, and pumpkin cake, among many other dishes when Halloween is over.

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  1. Save the pumpkin seeds
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Do you have a garden? If you do, one of the best things you can do with your pumpkins after Halloween is to remove the seeds and save them for your garden.

Dry the pumpkin seeds and store them to plant next spring in preparation for next year’s Halloween. Growing your own pumpkins will help you save money that you would have used to buy some next Halloween.

  1. Make compost using the pumpkin leftovers
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If you have a garden, making compost is another of the good things you can do with your carved pumpkins after Halloween. Make sure to remove the candles and clean the paint or wax before chopping your leftover pumpkins, and then add them into the compost pile together with other biodegradable kitchen wastes.

You can use the nutrients from the pumpkin compost to grow your own food instead of buying, and in so doing, adopt a sustainable lifestyle and save money you would have spent buying foodstuffs.

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  1. Donate your pumpkins
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Are you still wondering what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween? One of the best ways to get rid of leftover pumpkins after Halloween and still use them for a good cause is to donate them to animal rescue centers, zoos, and local farms near you. These places will be grateful for the extra animal food and composting material.

Sadly, every year, billions of pounds of pumpkins end up in landfills, while there are so many animals and birds out there that need food. Thus, donating and feeding the wildlife in your backyard such as birds, squirrels, and deer, are some of the best things to do with pumpkins after Halloween.

  1. Make a pumpkin face mask
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Making a pumpkin and honey mask is another awesome way to repurpose your pumpkins after Halloween. Pumpkins are natural antioxidants and exfoliants that contain alpha-hydroxy acids to help in softening and renewing the skin.

To make a mask, all you will need to add to your pureed or canned pumpkin is milk, honey, and 2 eggs. If you would like to know more about how to make a pumpkin face mask, here are some recipes for all skin types.

  1. Redecorate your pumpkins
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One of the fun things to do with pumpkins after Halloween is getting creative and turning them into a canvas. Instead of throwing them away just because they have googly eyes and spider webs painted on them, redecorate the pumpkins you didn’t carve when Halloween is over.

Clean the pumpkins, then paint a uniform color over the Halloween designs. With this background, you can then repurpose your Halloween pumpkins by painting none Halloween-related designs of your liking.

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Wrapping Up

What should you do with pumpkins after Halloween? If you were asking yourself this question or wondering what happens to pumpkins when October is over, you now know some of the best things you can do with your pumpkins after Halloween.

Finding ways to recycle or reuse your old pumpkins after Halloween not only gives you fun things to do but also helps you save money that you would have spent buying foodstuffs and pumpkins for next year’s Halloween.


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Last Updated on October 28, 2022

17 thoughts on “6 Things You Can Do with Pumpkins After Halloween

  1. I was totally unaware you could donate your pumpkins! That’s an amazing idea, though, and after having a look, there are places around me looking for donated pumpkins that I never knew about. That’s pretty cool.

    1. I’m glad to have given you an idea of a good way to dispose of your pumpkins when Halloween is over. Thank you so much for reading Ang!❤️

  2. It’s so great that there are so many uses for pumpkins! I like the idea of the zero waste options of using the seeds, making food with the insides (my favourite is pumpkin curry) and then composting the leftovers. All the other ideas are great too — decorating them seems like a really fun idea!

    1. Pumpkins are so versatile! I’m sure I didn’t even include all the incredible ways we can reuse/recycle them after Halloween. Thank you for reading, Molly❤️

  3. What a resourceful post! The recipes look delicious. I would have never thought to donate them to animals or use for skin care. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Michelle

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