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3 Ways to Extend the Life of a Halloween Pumpkin

Try these fun ideas for repurposing your pumpkin. Some of them must be done with a freshly carved squash, while others can wait until after the holiday.

  1. Gutsy moves. Retrieve and roast the pumpkin seeds to make a delicious snack, or puree the pulp into a facial treatment. There are many recipes available online for pumpkin face masks, such as this one from The Nourished Life blog.
  2. For the birds. Turn your jack-o’-lantern into an edible bird feeder by hollowing it out and hanging it from string. Instructables.com offers easy instructions for fashioning a feeder.
  3. Mum’s the word. Use your old pumpkin as a planter to contain a colorful chrysanthemum or other small potted plant.