Picture this- Halloween festivities are over. The dust of disaster, chaos, apocalypse and fun has finally settled. This Halloween, all your witches came true. Cut to another mundane, horror-free day.
You wake up the next morning; sugar-flushed and licorice-wealthy, and the sight of those evil Jack-o-Lanterns make your head hurt. âI canât store them for next year. I canât dump them on the front door. How am I going to get rid of them?â
If you face the inevitable question âWhat to do with pumpkins after Halloween?â on every passing November the 1st, youâre in good company of millions of Americans who ask the same question. Also, that pumpkin is too cute for trash; we arenât going to let that happen.
The person writing this (because horror stories sound better in third-person) has around 12 medium-sized pumpkins all over his place, and 3 humungous pumpkins that are enough to feed a family of 4 for a week. He needed to figure out what to do with pumpkins after Halloween, fast.
Okay, now coming back to first-person; I went all in to search for ways to do something productive with those pumpkins after Halloween. I hate wasting food, and thereâs a lot of good stuff in those jack-o-lanterns outside my place.
So I found out 5 innovative ways I can make use of those yellow squish-bombs before they rot. Hereâs what you can do with pumpkins after Halloween:
Fall without a large mug of Pumpkin Spice Latte is like KFC without chicken (no offense, vegans!). Skip the fake, sugary syrup at your local coffeehouse. Whip up some pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, milk, a touch of sugar and espresso for a decadent pumpkin latte at home.
This PSL recipe from The Kitchn did not let us down and it turned out to be better than the coffee-house nearby. My wife is a PSL-junkie, so I know what to do with pumpkins after Halloween! Try it yourself!
A fall-classic and full of healthy nutrients like zinc, magnesium, iron, fiber, and zinc; roasted pumpkin seeds are the best bed-time crunch snack while youâre binge-watching your favorite TV show.
Itâs easy to make, crunchy, and you wouldnât want to let that can of seeds go once youâre hooked to it! Hereâs an easy recipe from Oh She Glows for the perfect pumpkin seeds. Beware; once you start, you canât stop eating them!
Remember that silky pumpkin puree you made? The root for all your DIY pumpkin ideas? Turn it into a facial with a little honey, coconut oil or whole milkÂ for a quick, rejuvenating break.
When you put it on, itâs no less than a momentary getaway to another dimension of inner peace, all that from a pumpkin! This DIY pumpkin puree spa from beautylish will make that skin glow! Hereâs the full recipe, give it a try.
The best pot-pourri is the one made naturally; I still recall my mum drying up all the citrus fruits and filling âem up in a bag. What a heavenly, fruity, nostalgic smell. Show off your jack-o-lantern for a few more weeks!
Itâs easy, natural, and that aroma would keep you in the fall spirit as long as the pumpkin starts to rot. Rub the inside down with cinnamon and poke a few cloves in the flesh. Light a candle inside and enjoy the autumn scent!
We learned this one from Martha Stewart and I wish you could smell our place.
If you have a garden, just dig a hole, toss the pumpkins in, and let nature take over. By simply burying your leftover jack-oâ-lanterns you will easily fertilize your soil, who knows this might be a breakthrough for your garden!
When it comes time to till the soil in the spring, you wonât find many jack-oâ-lantern leftovers. The best part is that if there are any seeds remaining in those pumpkins, youâll have a bonus pumpkin haven for next Halloween!
Next time your neighbor asks you âWhat to do with pumpkins after Halloween?â Tell âem to dig a hole and shove it down their garden!
These are 5 things you can start with when youâre doing away with your Halloween jack-o-lanterns. As for me, Iâve already started making the pumpkin puree and the possibilities are limitless. Let your creativity run its full course and scare you!
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This Halloween, follow our lead and forget about the money. Eat, drink and be Scary!