I love decorating with Pumpkins…insideoutside…pretty much everywhere! I love the scent of pumpkin goodies coming from the kitchen! And the time we spend together as a family to carve the pumpkins.

But what I don’t love is not knowing what to do with all the pumpkins after Halloween or even Thanksgiving. How about you?

Well since we were wondering, we thought you might need some ideas too. So we searched around and pulled together 9 ideas to use Leftover Pumpkins.

There are lots and lots of recipes using pumpkins that have not been carved!


1.  Roasted Pumpkin – Learn how to roast a pumpkin from Pen and Fork


2. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin seeds are delicious and good for you. Learn how to roast them from She Knows.


3. Plant the Pumpkin Seeds – A great project to teach the kids how pumpkins grow and how the seeds mature. Learn how to plant and grow pumpkins.

Baked Pumpkin with Cranberries and Apples

4. Apples and Cranberries baked in a Pumpkin – This recipe for Apples and Cranberries baked in a Pumpkin from Eat at Home is delicious! We have made it a couple times and look forward to it during this season.


5.  Decorate a Pumpkin – Lay out the craft supplies and let the kids decorate a pumpkin for Thanksgiving. Home Seasons has several ideas.


6.  Feed the animals – Take your pumpkins to a local farm or zoo, the animals love pumpkins.


7.  Compost your pumpkins – Add your pumpkins to the compost pile. Learn more about composting from How Stuff Works.

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

8.  Pumpkin Bird Feeder – Make a feeder for the birds with simple supplies – Directions on Hoosier Homemade


9.  Cook with the pumpkin – Several recipes that caught my eye…Pumpkin ChowderPumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Pasta, Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta Bake, Pumpkin Biscuits, and Pumpkin Dip

 How do you use your leftover pumpkins?



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