8 Things To Do With Leftover Pumpkins

Halloween offers spooktacular fun, but there’s nothing enjoyable about rotting pumpkins littering your yard, half-eaten by urban wildlife! Instead of tossing them to the curb, here are eight easy and smart ways to repurpose your pumpkins.

1. Boost your garden’s soil
If your pumpkin’s getting soft, chop it up add it to your flower or veggie beds for a quick and nutritious garden fertilizer. Don’t forget to first take out the seeds and melted candle, though! You can also add leftover pumpkins to your compost pile.

2. Build a bird buffet or bath
Feeding the birds in your ‘hood is a sure-fire way to attract them to your outdoor space. Slice the top half of your pumpkin off, and fill it with birdseed. Or, make this super easy hanging birdfeeder or bird bath.

3. Turn it into a planter
Arrange an assortment of succulents in your pumpkin for a gorgeous fall display. Or, if you want to grow an invasive plant such as mint, plant it inside your hollowed-out pumpkin. When it starts to decompose, bury the whole thing in the soil.

4. Make your own pumpkin beer
Even if you’re not an expert home brewer, it’s easy to recreate this traditional brew. Bonus: it has maple syrup in it – yum!

5. Save $5 and make your own pumpkin spice latte
First, brew whatever kind of coffee you enjoy – espresso or drip. Meanwhile, pour about a cup of 2% milk into a saucepan, add in pumpkin puree, and a teaspoon each of pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and vanilla. When the mixture is hot, froth it up and add to your freshly made coffee. That’ll get your morning off to a great start!

6. Cook up a storm
Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient – you can roast it in chunks, puree the meat and use it in soups, cakes, pies, muffins or breads. You can also make maple-pumpkin butter or roast the pumpkin seeds – delicious when sprinkled with a bit of sea salt. And you can even pickle the peel to add some bite to salads or use the pumpkin rind to make crispy chips!

7. Make a moisturizing mask for your face
Pumpkin flesh contains vitamins A, C and E, and when you combine it with a little honey and milk, voilà! Instant beauty treatment!

8. Reuse them in your home
If your pumpkins haven’t been carved, you can spray-paint them gold, green or red and use them as holiday decorations at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Share your favorite ways to use your Halloween pumpkins with us!


Pumpkin with succulents: Photo Credit: Bennilover Flickr via Compfight cc

Hanging birdfeeder and birdbath: Courtesy of Hoosier Homemade

Pumpkin butter: Pexels.com

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