No need to jack in your jack-o-lantern: give it a new lease of life
Plant pot: Plant an annual within the soil-filled shell and dig into the ground. As it decomposes, it’ll fertilise your plant.
Compost: Put leaves inside the shell to speed the process. Break it into small pieces for a wormery.
Pumpkin printing: A potato printing alternative – cut into pieces and add paint.
Ant colony: Place your pumpkin near an existing colony (outside!). Honey or something sweet will bring all the ants to the gourd.
Bird feeder: We whipped one up last Halloween. Find out how to make a Halloween pumpkin bird feeder here.
And a few suggestions from the internet that we don’t recommend:
Base for decorative floating candles: That’s likely to be one leaky vessel.
Eating it: Come November, it’s debatable how appetising your old Halloween lantern will look.
More pumpkins! Here at The Simple Things, we love an outdoor gathering and Halloween is a great excuse to wrap up warm and enjoy all things pumpkin. Download our guide for how to use and eat pumpkins, and we’ve got a recipe for a bonfire parkin, too.