Looking for a scare this Halloween? Here goes: A terrifying 12.8 million pumpkins are expected to be left uneaten this Halloween, in the UK alone!  

After carving, many-a-pumpkin’s guts are simply thrown awayTheir purpose as the infamous jack o’ lantern overshadows their true purpose – dinner! Since we started our Pumpkin Rescue campaign in 2014, the spooky story of the uneaten pumpkins has travelled far and wide, leading to lots of eerie-sistable pumpkin recipes and dishes coming to life to save them from the bin.  

In 2014 two thirds of people didn’t eat their pumpkin. Now we can proudly say that the nation has upped their pumpkin eating efforts. But 3 in 5 people* (59%) still don’t know that carving pumpkins from the supermarket are totally edible! And delicious. 

Whether you’re staying at home this year or venturing to the streets, we’ve got everything you need for a safe, spooky and sustainable Halloween packed with treats. Read on for recipes, DIY costumes and decorations, tips for picking the perfect pumpkin and keeping your kids entertained at home. You can enter the #EatYourPumpkin Competition... if you dare! 

We’ve got plenty of pumpkin recipes to help you use up all the different bits, from a traditional pumpkin soup and roasted seeds for snacks, to a more adventurous coconut pumpkin cake, and even pumpkin kimchi! Sweet or savoury, we just want to see them eaten.  


Competition Time

Getting creative with carving a pumpkin is fun, but there’s even more choice when it comes to cooking itSend us a photo of your pumpkin cooked, and carved, and be in with a chance to win one of two sets of these stunning pumpkin-esque Le Crueset cast iron dishes, and a selection of Toast Ale (made from rescued bread!) 

How to enter: Email us photos of your pumpkin, cooked and carved at [email protected] 

Entry dates: From 8th October 2020 9am till 31st October 2020 at 12pm  

Prizes: 2 sets available

1 x Le Creuset. Volcanic Cooking pot
1 x mixed crate of Toast Ale
1 x case of Flawsome drinks juices

Entered your dish? The winner will be chosen by random in a raffle because it’s about eating and enjoying, not how boo-tiful it looks.

Terms and conditions for more info here. 

Join us Live for pumpkin cook alongs

We've got 3 Live events planned, with professional chefs Nena Foster and Mark Breen, to show us how easy it is to turn pumpkins into dinner, dessert and more. Ingredients and equipment needed will be shared on Hubbub’s channels in advance, add it to your diary and we'll see you there!

1) Impress your partner with a Thai pumpkin curry 

When? Monday 26th October 6pm-6:30pm
Where? IGTV @HelloHubbub Instagram

Impress your partner with a pumpkin, chef Mark Breen show you how to transform pumpkin carvings into an impressive yet o so simplearomaticThai pumpkin curry.Mark will also get our tastebuds ready for dinner by turning pumpkin seeds into a tasty pre-dinner snack. 

2) How to #EatYourPumpkin 

When? Wednesday 28th October, 6pm-6:30pm
Where? Facebook Live @HubbubUK

Don’t like pumpkin? Think again. Join chef Mark Breen for the ultimate carve-to-cook crowd pleasing pumpkin dish. Family friendly pumpkin passata pasta, with pumpkin seed pesto and pumpkin crisps. Goodbye fussy eaters, hello hungry home bound trick or treaters.  

3) Trick or Eating with Kids 

When? Thursday 29th October, 6pm-6:30pm
Where? Facebook Live @HubbubUK

Join Natural Chef Nena and family for a cook along Halloween night feast with plenty of treats. Not sure what to do with pumpkin carvings? Try these pumpkin & black bean quesadillas followed by peanut butter & pumpkin biscuits.

Oh, and have you heard the Pumpkin Poem? 

Usually, our Pumpkin Rescue campaign has lots of events around the UK (even around the world!) that bring people together to learn how to cook and eat their pumpkins. Schools, community groups, families and more all get involved. Unfortunately this year due to Covid-19 things couldn't be the same, but hopefully, next year can! Check out the full resources we have here if you're curious, and maybe even get a jump start on next Halloween!