Here’s a fun (but disgusting!) kids Hallowe’en activity that’s also perfect to use up leftover pumpkin innards this Hallowe’en. It’s a waste-free, recycling suggestion too and the kids will LOVE creating it as much as watching others have a go!

Caroline came up with this gross-out Halloween craft idea, using the slimy innards of all the pumpkins we’d carved, to make a disgusting lucky-dip cauldron filled with wrapped sweets and covered with a bag. Her pumpkin guts lucky dip will definitely un-nerve all your 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 a trick or treat pumpkin guts lucky dip

If you’ve ever felt bad about throwing away all that pumpkin flesh and seeds, worry no more. This is a simple, child-friendly Hallowe’en craft tutorial on what to do with pumpkin leftovers to create a nerve-wracking trick or treat challenge.

Pumpkin guts 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)
  • A towel for trick or treaters


  • 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
  • Place cauldron on doorstep
  • Await intrepid trick or treaters

Now, when your Trick or Treaters come calling you can offer them a treat but ONLY if they are brave enough to risk a possible trick and very sticky hands!! (don’t forget to provide 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! Watch this space.

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!