What to do with these seasonal darlings beyond decorating with them.
Compost-- Pumpkins are full of nutrients, making them great fertilizer. It’s recommended you don’t compost the seeds as they may start sprouting in your garden but because of our climate they won’t bear fruit.
Bury It--No compost pile? No problem. A jack-o-lantern will decay quickly and enrich your soil.
Share—This may not be the best choice if you are not a fan of critters. However, if you have a yard that backs-up to some nature, the leftovers can be enjoyed by deer, birds, squirrels, raccoons,...mice and rats too. So be sure to keep the leftovers away from your home.
Eat The Seeds
If you’re looking for a healthy snack to munch on, THIS IS IT! Rinse/clean off the seeds, drain and then toss with melted butter (2 teaspoons) and salt (to taste) then place on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper/foil for easier clean-up) and bake for 45 minutes at 300 degrees. That’s the basic recipe. But if you’d like you can season them up to be sweet or spicy!