Heading to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin for carving is as much a part of Halloween as wearing a costume. Carving Jack O’Lanterns is is a tradition that dates back centuries, with some of the first carvings being placed on small gourds and turnips. Each year in the United States, over 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkin is produced. It is estimated that over eighty percent of those pumpkins are sold during the month of October. While a majority of the pumpkins are processed into canned pumpkin and canned pie filling, a large portion become holiday ornaments, including Jack O’Lantern’s.

But once Halloween is over, Jack O’Lanterns get tossed into the garbage; adding to the 251 million tons of trash that Americans generate each year. While we love tradition, we love our planet even more. That is why we have created a list of 5 fun and creative ways to use your Jack O’Lantern after Halloween is over.

5 Creative Ways to Recycle a Jack O’Lantern

1. Pamper yourself with a pumpkin face mask

Find the full instructions here.*

2. Feed the birds

Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

3. Add moisture and create silky smooth locks with a pumpkin hair mask:

Quick and easy directions available here.*

3. Create a beautiful fall centerpiece:

Instructions on how to complete this gorgeous craft can be found here.

5. Soften your feet with a pumpkin pedicure:

Instructions on how to pamper your toes can be found here.*
*Directions call for a pumpkin  puree. Head here to learn about the quick and easy process.

And remember, if you decide that disposing of the pumpkin makes the most sense for you, we urge you to compost your pumpkin remnants or call your local recycling center to inquire about the disposal of pumpkins in your area.