The Halloween fest has come and gone, but you’ve still got leftover pumpkins on your stoop. What to do with the jack-o’-lantern after the Big Night? From a bird sanctuary to a pie, we’ve got 18 different ideas for using up those gourds after the trick or treaters have gone. Flip through the slideshow to get inspired.

Make a Batch of Hearty Soup

Use up the leftover parts of your carved pumpkin (as long as they aren't covered in wax or mold) or chop up that decorative number on your steps: this recipe calls for fresh pumpkin, not canned and you can adapt it for all kinds of squash including acorn or butternut. Add some dimension by adding freshly steamed asparagus and toasted pumpkin seeds to the top and you'll have a rich and colorful meal. Click here to get the full recipe.

photo: my_amil via flickr 

 

What’s your favorite way to upcycle your pumpkin after the Halloween festivities? Share it in a comment below.

— Allison Sutcliffe