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Halloween 2020: Five spooktacular ways to recycle your pumpkin


Some of these are yummy too

Halloween is upon us and there’s nothing like a good old pumpkin carving to get us in the spirit.

Shockingly enough only 42% of people know that the inside of a pumpkin is edible, according to a survey by food charity Hubbub.

If you’re hoping to celebrate a more sustainable Halloween, read on because we have some great ideas for your leftover pumpkin:

If you have a spare pumpkin this Halloween season, a pumpkin bird feeder is a great garden addition to reduce waste and feed wildlife in the run up to winter.

You will need:

  • A pumpkin
  • Strong twine or rope
  • Twigs for perches
  • Birdseed
Simply cut your pumpkin in half to create a bowl shape, then using a knife carefully make holes in the side of the pumpkin for twigs to be inserted to make perches for your visitors. To finish, measure out some twine to hang the pumpkin in your garden and attach to your tree or branch. Once secure you can add birdseed and watch the wildlife come to you!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

An autumn favourite that you can make from home with leftovers from pumpkin carving! Vita Coco has crafted this delicious vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe, perfect for cosy nights by the fire.

Ingredients (makes 2 large glasses):

4 cups Vita Coco coconut milk

½ cup pumpkin puree

¼ cup maple syrup

½ tsp pumpkin spice mix

2 shots of coffee (optional)


Ingredients (to top):

Dairy-free whipped cream

A sprinkle of pumpkin spice

2 x cinnamon sticks



Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend together until smooth, then pour into a medium-sized pan and heat over medium-high temperature until heated through.

Divide between two large glasses and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

Top with a couple of cinnamon sticks and enjoy.

Pumpkin Planter

Before you think of putting your carved pumpkin in the bin, why not turn it into a seasonal planter? Simply fill your pumpkin with soil before planting your desired flowers and water for an on-trend and sustainable piece of autumnal decor.

Pumpkin Bread

This vegan pumpkin bread recipe from Simple Veganista is a delicious way to turn your pumpkin into a tasty treat and the other ingredients can be easily found in your cupboards.

Ingredients (makes 8-10 slices):

280g flour (spelt, all-purpose, whole wheat, GF flour blend)

150g sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 heaping teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Pinch of mineral salt

1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

75ml water or unsweetened almond milk

75ml oil

1 can (338g) pumpkin puree

Small handful of pumpkin seeds for topping (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease loaf pan

Mix: In a medium-size bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. In a small bowl, combine oil, sugar, water/milk and vanilla. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture along with the pumpkin puree and mix well. Careful not to over mix, but be sure there are no clumps of flour. Taste batter, adjusting flavour or sweetness to your liking.

Bake: Pour batter into a prepared loaf tin, place in the oven, on centre shelf, and bake for 55 – 60 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.

Let cool completely before serving.

Store: Keep covered on the counter for 2 – 3 days. Warm in the toaster.

Pumpkin Face Mask

Leave your face fresh and glowing with this super simple to make, Pumpkin Face Mask. Most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen and it’s an all-natural recipe, what more could you want for the perfect autumn pamper evening?

Ingredients (makes one face mask):

2 Tbsp organic canned pumpkin puree or 1 small pumpkin

1/2 tsp organic honey

1/2 tsp milk (skimmed, soy or almond)


  • Start with clean skin. Remove all makeup and wash your face with your regular cleanser.
  • Combine pumpkin puree, honey, and milk in a small bowl and mix well. If using a fresh pumpkin (or leftovers from a carved jack-o-lantern), scrape the insides and remove the seeds. Beat the gooey insides to a creamy pulp and mix with honey and milk.
  • Apply the mask using your fingers or a medium-sized makeup brush; avoid getting the mixture too close to the eyes. You can also apply to the neck and decolletage, but you’ll probably need to double the ingredients.
  • Allow the mask to set for about 20 minutes.
  • Gently wash off the mask with a warm, damp washcloth and follow with a moisturizer.
Mark Hall, Waste Management Specialist at comments:

“Halloween is one of the biggest events of the year, but the amount of waste it generates is extremely worrying, especially when bearing in mind the dire situation our planet is currently facing.

“The food waste it generates is just one aspect of a larger problem, but any steps we can take towards creating a more sustainable future are crucial.”


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