Transform Your Pumpkin (Waste), No Fairy Godmother Required!

With the fall season comes pumpkin flavored snacks and decor. But did you know that pumpkins can be used as more than just seasonal decor?

Instead of composting your pumpkin, first see if you can find it another use. While Jack-o’-lanterns or pumpkins that have been carved and sitting out may not be able to be consumed, check out the following pumpkin-repurposing ideas, edible and otherwise:

Power Up Some Pumpkin Purée

Did you know pumpkins are high in fiber and beta carotene, providing an array of health benefits? There are many different varieties of pumpkins, and those used for decorative purposes are in fact edible and ready to be used in recipes!

Use the pulp of your pumpkin to whip up a purée that will keep fall festivities going as the base of pumpkin bread, lattes, soups, and more!

Stock Up on Soup

Take the insides of your pumpkin and make your own pumpkin stock for a soup. Add in other vegetable scraps for more flavor, and know that there’s no need to buy vegetable stock when you have a pumpkin handy!

Seed Galore

Pumpkin seeds can be a valuable source of potassium and protein. Go ahead and scoop out those pumpkin seeds and roast them for a delectable and nutritious treat.

Pumpkin Spa Day

Is your skin in need of a refresher? Your pumpkin is here to the rescue! Use the insides of your pumpkin for a face mask rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

Pumpkin Planter

Give a seedling a home by taking a hollowed-out pumpkin and filling it with soil. As the pumpkin decomposes, it will provide the seedling with nutrients.

These are just some of the spookily creative possibilities available with pumpkins— we dare you to go ahead and find some more!