If finding something useful to do with your pumpkin after the Halloween season is keeping you from purchasing one, then set your mind at ease in knowing that your money will be put to good use as you can use every part of your pumpkin after Halloween. Here is a list of all of the different ways that you can put your pumpkin to use.
After you have gutted your pumpkin, and are looking at the gooey mess, thinking that you are throwing away half of the pumpkin as well as your money, you can instead save the seeds and make them into edible pumpkin seeds. There are plenty of recipes on the internet or in cookbooks for how to cook pumpkin seeds. All that is needed is for the seeds to be washed of any of the gooey parts of the pumpkin insides, they can be seasoned and baked in the oven and you will have some homemade pumpkin seeds.
Burn or Bury Your Pumpkin
This might be seen as a waste, however, you can turn your rotting pumpkin into a fun family ritual of disposing your pumpkin in a way to pay them respect for the joy they brought you that Halloween season. If you decide to burn your pumpkin, you can gather graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate and make s’mores. You and your family can enjoy this yearly ritual, as well as the fresh autumn air, by paying respect to the pumpkin of this year and sharing some wonderful family memories.
Bake With Your Pumpkin
There are plenty of recipes that offer ingredients from fresh pumpkin. As long as you have not carved your pumpkin, and instead painted a face or scenery on the outside, you won’t have to worry about the inside rotting out. With fresh pumpkin you can make pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, and even pumpkin soup.
Start Your Own Pumpkin Scrapbook
Take a picture of your pumpkin each year and start your own pumpkin scrap book. Each year you can carve or decorate your pumpkin in a new and exciting theme, take a picture of it and then scrapbook it in a photo album to share for years to come.
Compost Your Pumpkin
This a great way to support “green” efforts and turn your pumpkin into a natural fertilizer that can be used in your garden.
Don’t let the fear of wasting money keep you from enjoying a Halloween pumpkin. With all of the ways to use your pumpkin after Halloween is over, you won’t feel like it was a waste at all.