Picking pumpkins from the Fun Farm patch is a time-honored tradition that we know and love. But after Halloween ends and the jack-o-lantern candles are blown out, it’s hard to know what to do with your pumpkins.
Give your pumpkin a second life and maximize its potential with these 9 creative and fun ways to use your pumpkin after Halloween! From tasty treats to festive decorations, we have a variety of unique ways to recycle your pumpkin this season.
Feed it to animals
Just like humans, animals love pumpkins as well! Once our season is over, we feed all of our leftover pumpkins to our farm animals. Pumpkin is especially healthy for the dige
stive health of dogs! You can also recycle your pumpkin into a “snack-o-lantern” and fill it with seeds for birds and other wildlife.
Roast the seeds
Don’t forget about the insides! Toss your clean seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Add any additional flavors and seasonings that you like, including Worcestershire, taco seasoning, or a ranch flavor packet, and roast them in the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 45 minutes). Enjoy!
Make pumpkin soup
Take your fresh pumpkin and turn it into a tasty and hearty soup! We love this recipe for pumpkin soup that calls for fresh pumpkins instead of canned. Want to use all the parts of your pumpkin for dinner? Top it with roasted pumpkin seeds as well.
Pumpkins are made up of 90% water, which means they break down efficiently in the compost. Just make sure you take out the seeds first so you don’t grow an unwanted patch! Don’t have a compost? Check local farms or community gardens to see if they collect pumpkins for composting or feeding animals.
DIY pumpkin spice latte
What’s better than a pumpkin spice latte? A homemade pumpkin spice latte. This recipe from The Kitchn uses canned pumpkin puree, but you can easily swap that with your own puree. Just roast your pumpkin for 45-55 minutes at 350 degrees and blend it up. This latte is best served hot and covered in a whole lot of whipped cream.
Chuck your pumpkins
Put your kids’ demolishing skills to the test! There is an abundance of (safe) ways to destroy a pumpkin, including dropping it from a ladder, smashing it with a hammer, or even building a catapult from some pieces of plywood and plumbing parts. Once it’s demolished, it’ll be perfect for your compost pile or pet food (if clean).
Make a pumpkin snowman
Paint your pumpkins white and stack them on top of each other for a cute fall decoration! Bonus points if you attach a carrot nose and paint on your own eyes, but we think it’s perfect just as it is. If you’re not into snowmen, painting pumpkins is a great way to involve your kids and find a second life for your orange gourds.
Save it for Thanksgiving decorations
Don’t spend more money on festive decorations—use your pumpkin for table decorations! As long as it’s uncut, a fresh pumpkin should last for two to three months. Surround your pumpkin with festive decor like leaves from your trees, dried corn, and scented candles for all the fall feels.
Turn it into a planter
Lastly, you can carve out the insides of your pumpkin and plant your favorite flowers or succulents. Just make sure you don’t overwater your pumpkin planter because it will deteriorate at a faster speed. Check out this guide from Better Homes and Gardens for more inspiration.
As you can see, there are a variety of ways to use your pumpkins after Halloween! Make sure to share your ideas with us on social media so we can see how creative you are with your Fun Farm finds.