It just wouldn’t be Halloween without a jack o’lantern. No matter how gross it feels to dig out those seedy pumpkin innards or how hard it is to carve the perfect ghoulish grin in its rind, a glowing jack o’lantern (or three) on the front porch is worth all the effort. But what are you supposed to do with it once November hits? If you don’t know where to throw away your pumpkin, you’re definitely not alone.
Turns out, you don't have to just throw your jack-o-lantern in the trash after Halloween. If you want to be a little more green, there are creative ways to recycle your pumpkin and none of them involve bringing the sad-looking thing back into your house. When the candy is all gone and you go to chuck the pumpkin that's been proudly displayed in your home or on your front porch, think twice before you toss it in the garbage can. There are plenty of ways you can save your pumpkin from the garbage.
On this list you’ll find ideas for how to compost even if you don’t garden and other ideas for a mess-free way to rid your stoop of your pumpkin. (Note: If your pumpkin is showing signs of mold, it should be composted and not left outside or buried.)