Can You Eat Your Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin

Jack-O-Lantern

Questions or comments? Email Alice Henneman, MS, RDN and Extension Educator

It's fall and thoughts turn to pumpkin pie and to Halloween jack-o-lanterns. But, can you use a pumpkin for BOTH a jack-o-lantern AND for eating?

"Young children can enjoy creating jack-o-lanterns by drawing the eyes and mouth on the pumpkins with markers," according to Virginia Cooperative Extension. "They can be creative and have a good time and the pumpkin is still safe for eating."

Pumpkin pie tastes great this time of year and is also an excellent source of nutrients. Here are some tips from the University of Illinois on preparing a pumpkin for making pumpkin pie. Work on a clean surface. Before cutting, wash the outer surface of the pumpkin thoroughly with tap water to remove any surface dirt that could be transferred to the inside of the pumpkin during cutting.