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How to Recycle Your Halloween Pumpkins

So Halloween is just on the horizon, which means many neighborhoods will soon be littered with big orange pumpkins. On the weeks leading up to the holiday, the sight of these pumpkins brings joy and excitement, because it’s a reminder that Halloween is, in fact, almost here. However, come November 1, all of those pumpkins are a nuisance, because they sit and rot and go to waste.

Instead of letting that happen this year, though, there are plenty of options for recycling or reusing that pumpkin, instead of letting it stink up the neighborhood. And to get you started, we compiled a list of things to do with old pumpkins.

Birdfeeder – You can easily turn an old pumpkin into a birdfeeder by cutting the pumpkin in half and filling each half with birdseed. Use a string to tie the pumpkin halve to trees. Not only will the birds eat the birdseed, but they will also eat the pumpkin flesh, maybe even the skin, depending on the bird. You’ll be helping feed local birds and cleaning up your post-Halloween decorations, all at the same time.

Halloween candy cornCompost Pit – Not everyone owns and operates a compost pit, but pumpkins are more than ideal for these green thumb piles of rotting vegetables. Basically, you cut the pumpkin up and toss the flesh bit in with the rest of the compost. That’s it – nothing else. In a couple months you’ll have fertilizer that is primed and ready for bringing plants to life. In addition, compost bacteria will keep the pumpkin from stinking up the neighborhood.

Dig a Hole – If you really want to get rid of the pumpkin, don’t throw it away. Instead, dig a hole and bury it in the ground. Worms love pumpkin flesh, and they’ll make sure the smell doesn’t escape above ground. Plus, it helps to feed the local flora and fauna. All you need is a shovel and some manual labor, and that pumpkin is as good as gone. Give it a try – your plants will love you for it.

Squirrels – Some individuals will just leave their pumpkins out in open areas for the squirrels to eat. Essentially, when a pumpkin ferments, it becomes sugary and sweet, and squirrels go nuts for the stuff. If you don’t mind the sight of the critters, they’ll be more than happy to act as your personal clean-up crew for pumpkins after Halloween. (Be warned: fermented pumpkins can make squirrels drunk.)

Trash – If you really don’t care to try any of the previous steps, you can always throw the pumpkin out. It’s easy to do – just bag it up and put it on the curb, nothing more to it. But where’s the fun in bagging up a pumpkin and leaving it to rot in some huge pile of trash? All the previous steps feature helpful ways that nature can take back the pumpkin flesh. Give them a try, not this one, and you’ll definitely be hooked. They’re all easy to try, and they’re all a hell of a lot better for the environment.

This article was contributed by the expert professionals at Fright Catalog.

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