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pumpkin spaghettiOne of my favorite family Halloween traditions is eating spaghetti in a pumpkin on Halloween night. Every year, without fail, my dad would hollow out a pumpkin while my mom cooked the spaghetti, and we would feast at the table. It is a bit messy and time consuming if you are not having a party.

However, if you are having a party, or having the neighbors and their kids over for dinner before or after trick-or-treating, it is a pretty spectacular sight! I have never met anyone else who makes this delightful dish for Halloween. It is a true original.

We never called it anything except for spaghetti in a pumpkin; however, Halloween is so fun and dramatic, that I think it deserves another name. If you etch a face into the side of the pumpkin, this dish can definitely be called “Pumpkin Brains.” That is much grosser and Halloween-ish!


  • 1 Large pumpkin (small enough to fit in your oven)
  • 1 lb of spaghetti
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce


Hollow out the pumpkin. Cut a large opening in the top—larger than you usually would cut for jack-o-lanterns. Save the seeds to roast. Use a knife to etch a face into the side of the pumpkin, but do not cut all of the way through, as the spaghetti will fall out!

Cook the spaghetti, drain and stir in the sauce. Pour the spaghetti mixture into the pumpkin, and cook the pumpkin on a cookie sheet with sides in the oven for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees. (The pumpkin will get a little bit juicy as it cooks.) Serve with garlic bread carved into the shape of hands!

Save the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin. Clean them as well as you can. Then toss in olive oil and salt and spread on a cooking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees for ten minutes or so until brown. They will be VERY HOT when they come out of the oven, so you will want to wait a bit before eating. You can serve these as “Pumpkin Teeth!”

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