Don't be afraid to eat a scary Halloween treat!

Oxfordshire residents are being encouraged to turn Halloween into ‘Hallow-eat’ this year in a bid to reduce the scary amount of food that could go to waste.

Every year thousands of pumpkins are carved and lit up to celebrate the 31st October, but so much of what is scooped out could be eaten rather than binned.

The message is simple: Carve it, Cook it, Eat it – Don’t bin it!

Make the most of your pumpkin

You can find a whole host of tips and recipes on this page to help you make the most of your pumpkin innards.

Festival of pumpkins

To coincide with Halloween, and in the long run up to the festive period, the Oxford Pumpkin Festival is returning for its fourth year with events across the city run by Good Food Oxford network members. This year’s festival dates will be 28th October to 5th November 2017.

This annual event is a celebration of food: creatively encouraging people to think about the food they throw away, challenging preconceptions and teaching new skills.

November usually starts with a flood of pumpkins going to waste, but Good Food Oxford organisations are encouraging people to “squash food waste” by eating rather than discarding the flesh of their Halloween pumpkins.

The festival is packed full of different events from start to finish. There is something for everyone, with activities including a pop-up pumpkin bistro, pumpkin-themed market stalls and cafe menus, surplus food cook-ups, pumpkin fancy dress, bonfires, live music, and much more.

All the events will promote seasonal eating and not wasting food, accompanied by recipe cards with easy tips to reduce food waste.

The full festival programme is here: http://goodfoodoxford.org/oxford-pumpkin-festival