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Creative Ways to Use Your Halloween Pumpkins

a jack-o-lantern and a variety of sizes of pumpkins and a lantern against a wood backdrop

Halloween is great, but what do you do when it’s over and you have a bunch of pumpkins left on your front porch? The Edlandria Blog is here to help with a few ideas for what to do with those leftover pumpkins before they go bad. Continue reading for ideas on how to get the most out of your pumpkins.

Use Your Pumpkin as a Planter

Use your hollowed-out pumpkin as a planter for potted plants. As your pumpkin begins to deteriorate transfer your plant into a pot or to a flower bed. Afterward, use your pumpkin as compost.

Turn Pumpkins into Serving Bowls

Save on decorations and dishwashing by turning your pumpkin into a serving bowl for soup, cider, or punch. Follow the tutorial in the link from My Persian Kitchen to turn your pumpkin into the perfect serving bowl.

Save the Seeds

If you’re not a fan of eating roasted pumpkin seeds, save the seeds anyway and plant them in your garden in Spring to grow your own pumpkins for next year and save money!

Make Vegetable Stock

Instead of throwing them away, use the stringy guts of your pumpkin to make into a flavorful vegetable stock! Then, use the vegetable stock you have made to make some homemade soup.

Make Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin puree is a standard ingredient in nearly every pumpkin recipe out there. Puree your pumpkin and use it to make something delicious to enjoy with your family and friends.

Create a Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Turn your pumpkin into a bird feeder by following these steps from Martha Stewart’s blog. All you will need is a tool for cutting and poking holes in your pumpkin, a pumpkin (of course), some twine, and bird seed. Afterward, sit back and relax in your yard and watch all the different birds enjoying your creation.

What cool uses have you found for your pumpkins? Share your ideas with the rest of our Alexandria, VA apartment community by leaving a comment.