Looking for a scare this Halloween? Here goes: A terrifying 14.5 million pumpkins are expected to be left uneaten this Halloween, in the UK alone!  

3 in 5 people will buy at least one pumpkin this year (35 million pumpkins!) and just under half of those are set to go to waste. Why? Because 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 show people how to save them from the bin.  

In 2014 two thirds of people didn’t eat their pumpkin. We can proudly say that the nation has upped their pumpkin eating efforts since. Since covid, 1 in 3 say they've become more aware of food waste and its impact on the environment, and 1 in 4 say they've gained a better understanding of food and how to use leftovers. But just under half of people (47%) 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. We've got recipes, DIY costumes and decorationsactivities for kids and tips for picking the perfect pumpkin!

Eat Your Pumpkin

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.  

PUMPKIN RECIPES 

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What difference have we made?

Since its launch in Oxford in 2014, Pumpkin Rescue has taken the world by storm. In 2015 Pumpkin Rescue was taken on by 25 UK towns and even crossed the pond to the USA. 2016 saw over 40 community festivals across the UK and Asia, supporting 126 events. In 2018, a total of 31 groups ran 40 events across the UK. 

So far, Pumpkin Rescue has created 239 local events and workshops attended by a total of 18,600 people. This has led to a whopping 17,500 pumpkins being diverted from landfill. Millions more have been reached online and through the press, creating a widespread movement of people eating their gourd-eous pumpkins!

How can you get involved?

All you really need to do to be a part of the campaign is eat your pumpkin! Check out some of our pumpkin-licious recipes here. And below are some ways you can take it further... if you dare!

Host an event. Whether you want to host an intimate pumpkin lunch with your family, a carve and eat class for your colleagues, or a giant pumpkin festival, we've created a 'How To' guide to help you every step of the way. Have fun and raise awareness of the issue. 

Spread the word. Get in touch for our digital resource pack full of info and social posts, and help us spread the #EatYourPumpkin word online.

Oh, and have you heard the Pumpkin Poem?