By: Holly Hutton

What to do with your pumpkin after Halloween!?

Visiting a patch, picking a pumpkin, and carving a jack o’lantern is an honored autumn tradition.

But just tossing your pumpkin once November comes seems like such a waste of all that hard work and fun. You’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of ways to reuse your jack o’lantern pumpkins, or to take advantage of all the orange squash in stores right now

1. Donate them to a farmer

Instead of throwing out the pumpkins, make use of them by feeding them to animals. You can donate them to a local farmer so they can feed their animals. You can also use them to attract wildlife in hunting areas. Animals love the sweet taste of the harvest pumpkin!

2. Pumpkin Butter

Everyone knows that fresh bread is better with butter. Make some festive butter with your old jack-o-lantern. Add 2 cups of pumpkin puree into a saucepan along with a cup of brown sugar and a cup of water or apple cider. You can then add a pinch of salt along with some pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir all the ingredients together and bring it to a boil. After it reaches a boil, lower the temperature and allow to simmer for 25 minutes. Once the butter has cooled, store in a glass jar and refrigerator.

3. Floating candle

A little-known fact about pumpkins is that they are very good at floating – particularly the small pumpkins. Remove the pumpkin’s stem. Place a tea candle on top of the small pumpkin and trace its outline. Carefully cut out the tracing to a depth that will fit the depth of the candle. You can then place the candle snugly in the pumpkin and then float them in a bowl of water as a fun Thanksgiving decoration.

4. Flower pot

Pumpkins make the cutest flower pots! All you need to do is place your flowers inside a mason jar of water and then insert the jar into a hallowed pumpkin! Easy Easy!

5. Facial Treatment

You can even use your old pumpkins to create a refreshing exfoliating face mask. Pumpkins make a great treatment for your skin!  Get the DIY recipe by clicking here: http://www.beautylish.com/a/vxgpg/diy-pumpkin-face-mask

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