Betcha you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the cool things you can do with a Halloween pumpkin other than carving it and looking at it. For instance, how about …

Eating It!

Yep. Make real (and real delicious) pumpkin pie! Steam some peeled, seeded, and sliced pumpkin in a covered vegetable steamer over simmering boiled water for like 20 minutes. Purée it all in a food processor and use this homemade ingredient in your favorite pumpkin pie recipe instead of that generic canned stuff. Mmmm, soooo much better!

Luxuriating in it!

Rich in zinc and vitamins A, C, and E, pumpkin purée is really healthy for your skin! So be pretty in pumpkin with a DIY facemask, it’s easy! Start with five teaspoons of pumpkin purée, add three teaspoons of brown sugar (which will naturally exfoliate your skin) and add just a splash of milk. Smush it all together and apply to your face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area (and the hubby and your kids too, boo!). Relax for 15-20 minutes and allow all that pumpkin goodness to seep into your skin. It’s an ingenious pampering trick and treat!

Displaying Flowers in a Pumpkin Planter!

Dig a 3-inch hole on top of a pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Place a piece of floral foam in there, pre-soaked in water, and then pierce your flowers in! Deep purple spray roses look fabulous against pumpkin orange, just sayin’, but find your own cool color combos. Makes for a super-cute hostess gift!

Snacking on the Seeds!

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a tasty and festive fall favorite! Scoop out the seeds, rinse them, and place them in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet (swoosh ‘em around to coat them with oil). From here, you can go almost anywhere— add a dash of salt or some brown sugar and cinnamon for a sweeter taste. Toast in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes, tossing them around every now & then. Cool for 10 minutes and then … yummmm!

Feeding Furry Friends!

A pumpkin (carved or otherwise) that you’d normally just chuck after Halloween can be a tasty treat for your furry and feathery neighbors. Sliced up pumpkins are especially yummy for deer and birds, as you watch magnanimously through the window sipping your morning coffee … all is good.

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