Roast the seeds
Turn used pumpkins into outdoor planters
Create a fall centerpiece
Take an uncarved pumpkin and use it for your Thanksgiving centerpiece (see below ). Slice off the top, scoop out the seeds and pulp, and place a vase inside full of fresh or dried flowers.
Make a pumpkin volcano with your kids
Impress your children with a hands-on science activity you can do at home. Using baking soda, vinegar, soap, and water, you can create an exploding volcano (see above ) right in your kitchen.
Convert mini pumpkins into candle holders
You can make candle holders for your table (see below ) by carving a hole that matches your candle size into the top of the pumpkin. This is best done with a drill bit that is the exact size of the candle–you can use tapers, votives, or tea lights.
Create a backyard bird sanctuary
Repurpose those Halloween pumpkins by making bird feeders and a bird bath to attract songbirds to your yard (see above ). You will need a few tools and a little know-how, but the whole family will enjoy your creation.
Make a batch of hearty pumpkin soup
Peel, seed, and chop a pumpkin to use in a hearty pumpkin soup (see below ). Add chicken stock, butter, garlic, and a few other ingredients to create this rich and creamy fall soup.
Make your own pumpkin puree
Cook and mash your pumpkin pieces and blend them until smooth. Freeze this pumpkin puree (see above ) and use in various ways–to make pumpkin bread, to add to smoothies, or even to create peanut butter/pumpkin treats for your dog.
Use leftover pumpkins in many ways
So, before you throw away your decorative pumpkins after Halloween, think of the many ways you can use them. From food to planters to science experiments, put those leftover pumpkins to good use.