It happens every year. As you’re driving in the countryside, the fall mood sweeps over you like Jack Frost’s early breath. You see a family pumpkin patch and a small sign that reads, “U Pick Pumpkins – $3.00.” You stop. The next thing you know, your back seat is filled with the irresistible orange orbs.
Pumpkins are great fun to buy, carve and display. But what do you do with those pumpkins after the halloween season is over? Just throw them out? Here’s a few creative (and a few tongue-in-cheek) suggestions I’ve come up with for that leftover halloween pumpkin. Feel free to add a few of your own!
1) Have your pumpkin bronzed. If you’re especially proud of your carving effort and want the memories to linger forever, consider having your halloween pumpkin bronzed. It’s a relatively simple and widely available process. But do it quickly while the pumpkin is still fresh. There’s nothing worse that an immortalized “saggy” pumpkin.
2) Use it as a weight loss device. Once your pumpkin has begun to sag a bit and look even scarier than it did after you carved it, place it prominently in your refrigerator, directly in front of those tantalizing-but-fattening foods you’ve been meaning to cut out of your diet. If all goes as planned, the next time you’re tempted to reach for a chocolate cookie-dough-bar or bottle of Sugar-Delight, that aging pumpkin will scare you straight. The scarier the pumpkin gets, the less likely you’re going to want to touch the food hidden behind it!
3) Freeze it for next year. Want to use your pumpkin as a freezer sentry (see above) and avoid the hassle of buying and carving a new pumpkin next year? You can try freezing it. I haven’t done this myself so I’m not sure how the pumpkin will look once you try to unthaw it, but if you have a very large freezer it might be worth a try!
4) Use it as a roadside safety beacon. Don’t have any orange cones handy? Toss the pumpkin in your trunk and if you break down, use the bright orange pumpkin as a temporary hazard beacon. Especially effective in snow–but not so effective once your pumpkin starts to turn green and black.
5) A covert hiding place for valuables. For a time you should be able to hide your valuables–and that left over halloween candy–inside. No thief is going to look for jewelry inside a saggy old pumpkin!
6) Have your own pumpkin smashing contest and post the video on You Tube. If you’re not especially proud of this year’s effort and would rather see your pumpkin just go away, find a safe place and come up with a creative way to pulverize your pumpkin. Drop it from a treehouse onto the cement driveway. Launch it skyward via a homemade slingshot. Run over it with the SUV. Consider recording the event and putting the video on You Tube. Your pumpkin smash might become next year’s viral video!
7) Bury it in the ground and get a head start on your own pumpkin patch. Assuming you’ve left a few seeds in the bottom of your pumpkin, bury your pumpkin in the ground in the spot you’d like to see a pumpkin patch next spring. If you don’t bury it too deeply, the decaying fruit should help to fertilize the seeds and if all goes well you won’t have to buy pumpkins next year–you’ll have your own pumpkin patch!
Additional suggestions, anyone?