Homemade Halloween: The Aftermath

With Halloween just two days away, you are probably wondering what you are going to do with that beautifully carved pumpkin that you spent so many hours working on. And what about those seeds? After the celebration is over, the costumes are folded and packed away until next year and the decorations are all down, you might think it’s time to toss the pumpkin. However, before you lug that heavy thing to the trash can – read these ideas for preserving your pumpkins.

Photo from how sweet it is

Photo from how sweet it is

Jessica from how sweet it is (a deliciously wonderful blog that is about all things food – healthy, comfort, indulgent – she’s got it all) shares a recipe for making homemade pumpkin puree, along with beautifully crafted photos of her process. She says that it’s best to use pie pumpkins (I actually never heard of this until now) as the ones we get for carving may be more stringy. But hey, if you’ve already got the pumpkins – might as well use them!

Photo from Pumpkin Seeds Benefits

Photo from Pumpkin Seeds Benefits

Allison from Oh She Glows (a vegan food blog – yum!) shares a recipe for roasting the perfect pumpkin seeds and even shares her unfortunate experience of burning her seeds the first time she tried to roast them (oh no!). She also links to six other pumpkin recipes at the bottom of her post. All of her recipe development and photography is self-taught, so she is definitely an inspiration!

Photo from Spoonful

Photo from Spoonful

Pecan Pies in Pumpkin Shells from Spoonful – These look so delicious! You just need a few small pumpkins and all of the ingredients for the pecan pie for this recipe! This will be perfect for the small pumpkin I got Cecilia this year! Just imagine how good that pecan pie is going to be when it’s baking in your oven. Yum!

What do you like to do with your pumpkins after the celebration? Share your stories in the comments or with us on Facebook! Amanda Branham is a stay-at-home mom who also blogs about her adventures in domestication at from house parties to housewife.

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