How to repurpose the leftovers of Jack-o-lanterns.

By Hannah Taylor, Staff Writer

In this spooky season, carving pumpkins is a staple fall activity. As a frugal college student, fall activities can get expensive, so you want to make the most of what you have. With pumpkins being upwards of five dollars anymore, you may as well get the most out of them. Once you’ve carved your pumpkin, there are lots of ways to repurpose the leftovers. Here are just a few useful ways to use the insides of the pumpkins so that nothing goes to waste. 

  1. Roast the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a great snack to have in your dorm room to snack on while studying or doing work. To roast pumpkin seeds, all you have to do is clean your pumpkin seeds off with some water. Add butter and salt to taste and then bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. 
  2. Make a pumpkin milkshake! Just blend some vanilla ice cream and milk with some pumpkin guts to get a refreshing fall-flavored milkshake. 
  3. Pumpkin apple cider! To mix up your regular cup of apple cider, you can incorporate some pumpkin in there as well. All you have to do is boil some pumpkin insides in water for about a half-hour and then strain and mix with your apple cider for a refreshing twist on an already fall drink.
  4. Make a DIY face mask! With the semester getting more and more stressful, a spa day sounds like a relaxing way to slow down. Just blend some pumpkin guts and a small amount of both honey and cinnamon. Apply to your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Just rinse off and enjoy a healthier-feeling face. 
  5. Make some yummy treats for your dog! Mix 2 cups flour with 1 cup of pumpkin insides and ½ cup of peanut butter. Cut out the dough into treat size bites and bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. Let cool and treat your furry friend.