Here at Rumpl HQ, we are mad on Halloween! We love getting dressed up, playing games, and crowning the winner of the best decorated pumpkin.
One thing we love even more than Halloween though, is our planet, so we've put together some tips on how you can make the most of your pumpkin from start to finish.
1. Picking Your Pumpkins
Getting together with friends, family or your little ones to carve pumpkins is a must at Halloween, but because of their popularity around this time, many pumpkins are sprayed with heavy-duty pesticides so that they grow big enough in time and are then shipped over a long distance, causing excessive damage to our planet.
We recommend sourcing your Pumpkin from a local farm or Farmers' Market - not only will this lower your carbon footprint, but it's also a really fun day out for everyone!
2. Plant your seeds
When you've scooped out your pumpkin ready for carving, why not plant the seeds in your garden and grow yourself some pumpkins for next year?
3. Feed the birds
After removing the seeds from your pumpkin, you can leave them to dry out and then pop them outside - birds and squirrels love them!
4. Cut into small pieces
If you're lucky enough to live in or near the countryside, you can get rid of your old pumpkin by chopping it into small pieces and leaving it out for rabbits, mice, squirrels and deer to snack on. Don't leave this too close to your house though, in case you attract any repeat visitors!
Only feed non-painted pumpkins to wildlife.
5. Make roasted pumpkin seeds
Scoop out the pumpkin seeds from your pumpkin and rinse under cold water to separate the seeds from the flesh (then compost the leftover flesh).
Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil, add the pumpkin seeds and allow them to simmer for 10 minutes before removing from the heat and draining.
Preheat your oven to about 200°C and add oil to a roasting tin before adding your pumpkin seeds to this, shifting them around the tin until they are all coated in oil and place in the oven. The small seeds may only take about 5 minutes until they're ready, but larger ones can take up to 20 minutes so keep an eye on them! When they have browned slightly, take the tin out of the oven and allow the seeds to cool before eating them. Voila!
We'd love to see pictures of your own Halloween pumpkins and hear about what you've done to make your Halloween more sustainable. Share your pictures with us on Instagram by tagging @gorumpluk with the hashtag #rumplhalloween. Get carving!