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The Horror of Halloween Food Waste


The Horror of Halloween Food Waste

What are you doing to celebrate Halloween this year?  Hosting a get together?  Going to a fancy dress party? 

Halloween is now Britain’s third biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas and Easter, and the country’s second biggest party night after New Year’s Eve. 

Whether you deck your halls with boughs of cobwebs or prefer a more subtle spooky look, the humble pumpkin has become a staple in all things Halloween.  Over 10 million pumpkins are grown in the UK, with 95% sold for Halloween carving.

A spooky side of Halloween is the shocking number of edible pumpkins that go to waste each year. A quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in the bin – that’s 18,000 tonnes of food waste! Scary!

Only a third of us bother to cook the leftover flesh, according to the annual #PumpkinRescue campaign.

If you think of all the land and energy used to grow and transport our pumpkins every year, just for them to end up in the bin, it’s a frightening thought.

Love Halloween, Hate Waste!

This year, Hubbub and Recycle Devon are launching Devon’s biggest ever #PumpkinRescue. 

Families attending Halloween events at Devon’s top attractions will find a fantastic wealth of information about cooking delicious pumpkin recipes with their carvings and avoid wasting leftovers.

Activities include:

  #PumpkinRescue social media campaign including videos, recipes and tips for saving money on food bills

  Working with Devon Top Attractions member organisations and Pick Your Own pumpkin venues across Devon to provide advice for visitors via a Halloween themed flyer

  Heaps of advice and tempting recipes on - see and

So make the most of your pumpkin this Halloween – use the scooped out flesh to create a delicious dish and put the carved shell in your food waste bin (where facilities exist) or garden compost bin when Halloween is over.

Every pumpkin eaten is a step towards tackling the 7.1 million tonnes of food and drink that is thrown away from UK homes every year.

Visit for more details of the events,  or for tips on carving and cooking your pumpkin, visit