Love your pumpkin this Halloween at the Pumpkin Rescue Festival

There is more to your pumpkin than just a scary face – find out what else you can do with it at the Pumpkin Rescue Festival.

This Halloween, two in five of us will buy a pumpkin, carve it and then throw away the insides.

This means that nationally around 18,000 tons of perfectly edible squash is tipped straight into the bin every Halloween – weighing the same as 1,500 double decker buses.

To help reduce the amount of waste, the North London Waste Authority is working with environmental sustainability charity Hubbub to hold a ‘Pumpkin Rescue Festival’, with events across North London designed to show that there is more to the pumpkin than just scary faces.

Events are open to everyone and you can enjoy delicious dishes made with pumpkins, learn how to cook something new and find out more about composting.

  • Pumpkin pop-up – three course meal
    21 October, 7pm to 9:30pm, The Calthorpe Project, 258-274 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8LH
    Join Eat Club at the Mid-Week Singles Supper Club to celebrate the pumpkin with a three course meal.
  • Cookery Session
    Thursday 29 October, 3pm or 5pm, The Skip Kitchen, Tapper Walk, King’s Cross, Camden, N1C 4AQ
    Prepare and eat a pumpkin high tea at the Skip Gardens.
  • Pumpkin Party
    Saturday 31 October, 11am to 4pm, Angel Central Shopping Centre, 21 Parkfield St, Islington, N1 0PS
    Enjoy delicious pumpkin soup, get recipe ideas, learn about how to reduce your waste and take part in some great pumpkin-themed fun and games at this celebration event.
  • Composting sessions
    1 November, 2pm to 4pm, Camley Street Natural Park, 12 Camley Street, N1C 4PW
    An introduction to aerobic and anaerobic composing methods. Contact Rokiah to book.

Don’t forget that once Halloween is over you can compost your pumpkin and its insides or add it to your food waste recycling.

You can also get your own composting bin from as little as £5 by visiting

If you don’t have room for a composting bin you can still compost your pumpkin leftovers by dropping them off at either Maiden Lane or Camley Street Natural Park from Sunday 1 November to Saturday 7 November

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