1 Pumpkin 3 Ways to Use it this Halloween

Pumpkins are the perfect treat in the autumn.

Firstly, I love the sentiment behind pumpkins in general, because for me it means an awesome autumn with cosy nights in, heartwarming food and layering up in knits. I also love that every bit of a single pumpkin can be used for so many different things. I enjoy cooking numerous recipes and trying out new crafts and carvings every year. I’ve put together a few of my favourite Halloween ideas for using pumpkins.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do πŸ™‚

1. Pumpkin Flapjacks

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Pumpkin Flapjack Ingredients:

  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 125g unsulted butter
  • 250g porridge oats
  • 75g pumpkin seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

Step 1: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and press into a greased flat tray.

Step 2: Bake on gas mark 6/180 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.

Don’t forget to let it cool down before you devour the pumpkin flapjacks πŸ˜‰

[Recipe fromΒ Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story]

2. Jack O’ Lantern

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What You Will Need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Pen or marker
  • Knife
  • Candles and matches

How to Carve a Pumpkin?

Step 1: Cut the top off the pumpkin and take out the seeds and vines.

Step 2: Hollow it out using a spoon and knife, leaving the walls about 1 cm thick.

Step 3: Draw a scary face or bats, ghost, moon and stars or anything spooky using a pen or marker. You can then use this to carve out the image on your pumpkin using a knife.

Step 4: Place and light candles in the middle of your hollowed out pumpkin and place the top back into place. You will then see your Halloween Jack O’ Lantern illuminate.

3. Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup Ingredients:

  • 500g pumpkin
  • 20g margarine/butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 1 spoon of garlic paste
  • pinch of salt, pepper, nutmeg and chilli flakes
  • Blender (optional & if you don’t like chunks in your soup)

Pumpkin Soup Recipe:

Step 1: Melt the butter in a pan and cook your onion and garlic for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Add chunks of your pumpkin and spices and increase the heat, cooking it for 5-10 minutes.

Step 3: Add the stock and bring to the boil. Now cook it on a low heat for 45 minutes.

Let it cool before eating.

Optional: Blend the soup (perfect if you don’t like chunks)

[Adapted from Pippa Middleton’s Celebrate book that’s full of seasonal crafts and recipes]

So, I’ve shared three fabulous things that you can do with a single pumpkin this Halloween and autumn.

What will you be doing with your pumpkin this year?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • October 18, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    T loves carving pumpkins and I hate it! But of course, I give in, because my daughter loves it. It’s just so messy and gooey πŸ˜‰ Loving the pumpkin you carved as well as the recipes πŸ™‚

  • October 18, 2016


    What a fantastic post! Has to be Pumpkin soup for me! I have very fond memories of eating that as a child!

  • October 18, 2016

    five little doves

    I hate pumpkin and yet love jack o lanterns!! I always feel terrible throwing it all in the bin but we do have fun carving them!

  • October 18, 2016

    Fi Ni Neachtain

    All really great ways to use pumpkins. I like the idea of the pumpkin flapjacks the best πŸ™‚

  • October 18, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    I say yes to all three but I bet the pumpkin flapjacks would be the best of all. The soup would be perfect for this weather too!

  • October 19, 2016


    I love carving a pumpkin as my daughter loves to put her stamp on it. Though I really detest the taste of them!

  • October 19, 2016


    I have an issue with the smell of pumpkin, after spending ages gutting it to carve I want to heave. That said, the flapjack is a great idea!

  • October 19, 2016

    Chloe Ciliberto

    I love all these ways! Absolutely fab post. I love the idea of pumpkin flapjacks. Pumpkin soup is an all time fave! x

  • October 19, 2016


    Great ways to use all the Pumpkin. Love these ideas πŸ™‚

  • October 19, 2016


    I am up for all three haha, I have never carved a pumkin it seems so fun. And that soup looks delish.

  • October 19, 2016


    I have never carved a pumpkin before, would love to try this DIY big time. The soup looks delicious and since I love pumpkins would probably love it too

  • October 20, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    I would love to try craving a pumpkin. Sounds fab.

  • October 20, 2016


    Some great ideas, I never know what to do with the pumpkins innards

  • October 21, 2016

    Kerry Norris

    Great ideas. I never would have thought to make a flapjack with it x

  • October 22, 2016


    Pumpkin carved, soup made (made extra and froze some too) and flapjacks in the oven now! Great ideas and all easy to do. Many thanks, keep the great ideas coming. xxx

  • October 22, 2016


    oh , i only got 1 pumpkin but want to try all of these πŸ™‚