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How To Recycle Your Old Pumpkins

City Cast Philly staff
City Cast Philly staff
Posted on November 8
When your jack-o'-lantern has seen better days. (Getty/Credit:luvmakphoto)

When your jack-o'-lantern has seen better days. (Getty/Credit:luvmakphoto)

As we transition from spooky szn into the gauntlet of winter holidays (please note: it is indeed far too early to play All I Want For Christmas Is You, sorry) Halloween revelers in Philadelphia are running into a squishy, soggy problem: rotting pumpkins. Instead of embracing your inner Billy Corgan and smashing those gourds, here’s some options for reusing or disposing of your old pumpkins, many courtesy of Pennsylvania Resources Council.

Whole, Undecorated Pumpkins

You can still eat these! They may have been sold as “carving” pumpkins, but they are perfectly edible. You can use them in soups and other hearty dishes, or even make a pumpkin milkshake. Or, for the beauty-inclined, the PRC also has a recipe for a pumpkin pulp facemask (technically edible).

Carved Pumpkins

If you already compost, you can smash them up and add them to your bin — just be sure to take the seeds out so they don’t sprout. Or, you can leave them in the woods for wildlife.

Pumpkin Guts

You don’t want these in your compost, but you can pick out the seeds and roast them for a zero-waste snack.

Painted or Decorated Pumpkins

If you cut off the decorated parts, you can dispose of these like you would the carved ones.

🎃 And if none of these options work, you can roll the dice, stick them in your yard (if you have one) and hope the squirrels/rats take it from there.

H/t to Hey Pittsburgh newsletter editor Francesca Dabecco for some of these ideas!

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