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Article Published September 21, 2017

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

By Erin Shanley/

Avoid the stick and ick with some creative ways to decorate pumpkins that don't require a knife.


What do you do with the pumpkin after Halloween is over?

The good news with a no-carve pumpkin is that it stays fresh longer. But once Halloween has passed, it's time to move on and make room for other seasonal decorations. So how are you supposed to get rid of the pumpkin, and how do you do so safely? If glue or paint was involved in the decorating of a pumpkin, it would be best to sliver off those parts with a knife before using the rest of the pumpkin for eating or composting. Since the pumpkin was never cut into, the inside should still be okay to eat and use for seasonal recipes. To compost correctly, pumpkins should first be broken into pieces. The pieces should then be left in a shady part of the yard and covered with leaves or wood chips. Compost should develop after a few weeks. It's important to note that the seeds should be removed before composting or else pumpkins will take over the lawn. Local farms could also benefit from your pumpkin leftovers. "You can donate the pumpkin to a farm that has cows and goats - they love eating them," says Susan Sternberg of Natureworks in Northford.