Halloween has come and gone, and you’re probably ready to get out the Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. But what to do with the jack-o’-lantern that has lit up your balcony for the past week?
One popular option is compost, as pumpkins are considered organic waste like any other fruit or vegetable.
First, remove any candles or non-organic decorations, as well as any remaining seeds so you won’t start growing new pumpkins in the pile.
But what if you don’t have access to a compost bin in your backyard? In Bluemont, Virginia, the week after Halloween is Pumpkin Chunkin’ time at Great Country Farms.
Residents can bring in a pumpkin to be smashed or dropped from various heights, and you can even smash it yourself. For 2017, Pumpkin Chunkin’ lasts from Nov. 4 to 7.
In Mundelein Park, Illinois, the laws of physics participate in the composting process. The District holds an annual Pumpkin Drop, where anyone can roll their pumpkins down a hill and let them break apart at the bottom. Any remaining pumpkin pieces are then smashed and turned to compost. The festivities are Nov. 5 this year.
While you may not have access to a unique pumpkin disposal event, it’s likely you’ll be able to find a yard waste facility nearby that accepts them.
What’s your favorite way to dispose of your Halloween pumpkins?
This article was originally published on Nov. 2, 2009. It was updated on Nov. 2, 2017.