What do you do with leftover pumpkin at Hallowe’en?

Last year Caroline came up with a great idea; using the slimy innards of all the pumpkins we’d carved she created a disgusting cauldron of sliminess, filled it with wrapped sweet treats and covered the whole thing with a bag. Her brilliant pumpkin guts lucky dip will definitely un-nerve your Hallowe’en trick or treat visitors!

Only the bravest of children dared to risk plunging their hands into the unknown sludge to find out if there really were any treats hidden inside….

Image of two girls in hallowe'en costume making disgusted faces with hands in covered cauldron

How to Make Caroline’s Brilliant ‘Trick AND Treat Pumpkin Guts Lucky Dip’

Here’s the tutorial.

You will need:

  • Pumpkin guts – any leftover flesh, seeds and skin
  • Bowl, jam pan or other cauldron-like vessel
  • Black plastic bag (recycled) to cover above receptacle
  • Wrapped sweets (e.g. Haribo)


  • Place guts in the ‘cauldron
  • Pour in wrapped sweets
  • Mix well with a wooden spoon
  • Incant a spell or charm of goodwill (very important)
  • Cover the stew with the plastic bag, taughten and secure in place with tape or yarn
  • Slit a hand-sized hole in the cover

Now, when your Trick or Treaters come calling you can offer them treats but only if they are brave enough to risk a possible trick and very sticky hands!! (we provided a towel to clean up with!)

Image of carved pumpkin, witch doll, candles and bowl of pumpkin guts on table in house
Happy Hallowe’en!!

This year Caroline plans to add tricks to the mix!

To make sure you have plenty of leftover pumpkin guts, learn how to carve the perfect pumpkin with Wild Daddy’s top tips for perfect pumpkin carving

Why not have fun picking your own pumpkins at a local farm or garden centre? To enjoy some family pumpkin picking fun, find a pumpkin PYO near you and learn how to tell if a pumpkin is ripe, read my post pumpkin picking with kids

This year we’ve picked a giant pumpkin – imagine the guts we’ll get from it!

Image of smiling girl struggling to hold huge orange warty pumpkin in her arms

Wild wishes for a very Happy Hallowe’en to you all!