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Happy Waste-free Halloween!

One of our favourite times of the year is upon us – it’s Halloween! From pumpkins to trick-or-treating, we hope you’re planning fun week ahead.

It’s a time for family and kids, costumes and sweet things, and… with a few simple tricks, it can be food waste free too!

We have some simple tips to help you avoid that scary food waste and let the scariest thing this Halloween be the masks.

Tips for trick or treaters:

  1. Let trick or treaters choose what they like from a bowl (so they don’t end up with a bag full of treats they won’t eat).
  2. If you prefer making goodie bags, control the amount of treats you’re including – so they can all be eaten.
  3. When shopping for treats, don’t get tricked by multibuy deals if it means you’ll end up with far too many treats leftover at the end of the night (unless, like us, you’re happy to take care of those yourself!).

Carving Pumpkins – and the surprising original carved veg!:

  1. When carving a pumpkin, remember – the flesh is delicious and can be used for cooking. There are tonnes of recipes and ideas out there. Pumpkin flesh can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days, you can also freeze it, so look up some recipes and make a scarily good treat for the family. Check out our handy guide to pumpkins here: https://stopfoodwaste.ie/foods/pumpkin
  2. After carving, and after the big day, any part of the pumpkin not eaten can be composted. Make sure you chop up into small pieces and add some brown materials to your composter when adding the leftover pumpkin.
  3. Try a turnip! Did you know that turnips were the original carving vegetable? Turnips were carved in celebration of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain which inspired Halloween.
  4. Go pumpkin picking – why not organise a day out with the family this midterm to pick some pumpkins for carving this Halloween? Seeing the pumpkins outside might inspire you to grow your own. Find some popular pumpkin picking spots here.

We hope you have a spooktacular day, to see more of our waste-free Halloween tips, follow us on social media:

Cover Photo credit of Johnathan Adams via Unsplash

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