Happy Halloween: Pumpkin Carving Trends & Leftover Tips

The spookiest night of the year is just around the corner, and to celebrate Hallowe'en 2021, HelloFresh is predicting how pumpkins across the nation will look - drawing inspiration from some of the latest trending topics!

From the hair-raising dramas to viral TikTok memes, take a look at these creepy carvings and get creative with your own designs.

We're also giving you our top tips on making the most of leftover pumpkin flesh, getting into the spirt of things with as little waste as possible!

Are You Ready For 'You' Season 3?

Joe Goldberg, the chilling yet charming hearthrob will be returning to screens on October 15th, as audiences brace themselves for the long-awaited third instalment of the eerie Netflix original series 'You'.

So far, the series has taken viewers on a rollercoaster of emotions, from romance to disbelief and deception, this dramatic thriller certainly keeps audiences on their toes. Will Joe ease into married life in suburbia and write off his dark past, or is he still tempted by his compulsive tendencies?

Our 'You' inspired carving features Joe's unsuspecting baseball cap, a key motif of the two seasons prior and an indicator that something is afoot.

TikTok's '#CouchGuy' Controversy

While TikTok has certainly captivated millions of users with its variety of content, one video that was intended to be a heartwarming reunion got audiences talking for the wrong reasons.

Back in September, Lauren Zarras made a secret trip to surprise her boyfriend Robbie at college, and 'TikTokers' went into a frenzy, as Zarras enters the room to find her boyfriend sat on a couch with three other girls.

The comments section of the original clip errupted with questions, from nitpicking Robbie's subdued response to seeing his long-distance girlfriend, to pointing out the evident giggling from the girls on the couch.

While the verdict on the video is up to you, take a look at our ode to #CouchGuy.

Are You Ready For 'You' Season 3?

Joe Goldberg, the chilling yet charming hearthrob will be returning to screens on October 15th, as audiences brace themselves for the long-awaited third instalment of the eerie Netflix original series 'You'.

So far, the series has taken viewers on a rollercoaster of emotions, from romance to disbelief and deception, this dramatic thriller certainly keeps audiences on their toes. Will Joe ease into married life in suburbia and write off his dark past, or is he still tempted by his compulsive tendencies?

Our 'You' inspired carving features Joe's unsuspecting baseball cap, a key motif of the two seasons prior and an indicator that something is afoot.

TikTok's '#CouchGuy' Controversy

While TikTok has certainly captivated millions of users with its variety of content, one video that was intended to be a heartwarming reunion got audiences talking for the wrong reasons.

Back in September, Lauren Zarras made a secret trip to surprise her boyfriend Robbie at college, and 'TikTokers' went into a frenzy, as Zarras enters the room to find her boyfriend sat on a couch with three other girls.

The comments section of the original clip errupted with questions, from nitpicking Robbie's subdued response to seeing his long-distance girlfriend, to pointing out the evident giggling from the girls on the couch.

While the verdict on the video is up to you, take a look at our ode to #CouchGuy.

You Have Been Eliminated: Squid Game

Halloween 2021 is going to be dominated by Squid Game, from pumpkin carvings to costumes inspired by the show's green and white tracksuits. The show has truly left viewers on the edge of their seats, as players realise the games that they're playing aren't quite what they seem.

Squid Game has already hit an impressive record as the first Korean production to claim the number 1 spot on Netflix, and the buzz around the series' haunting tournaments where players participate for survival is yet to subside.

We've chosen the series' symbols for our carving, but why not give your own design a go and choose your own Squid Game player number instead?

You Have Been Eliminated: Squid Game

Halloween 2021 is going to be dominated by Squid Game, from pumpkin carvings to costumes inspired by the show's green and white tracksuits. The show has truly left viewers on the edge of their seats, as players realise the games that they're playing aren't quite what they seem.

Squid Game has already hit an impressive record as the first Korean production to claim the number 1 spot on Netflix, and the buzz around the series' haunting tournaments where players participate for survival is yet to subside.

We've chosen the series' symbols for our carving, but why not give your own design a go and choose your own Squid Game player number instead?

Once you've carved your design, don't rush to throw leftover pumpkin flesh in the rubbish bin! We've provided some easy hacks for using up the remainders of your pumpkins, take a look!

Enjoy A Pumpkin Based Dish

Pumpkins are impressively versatile, and the possibilies are endless when it comes to making a dish using the vegetables hearty flesh once you've carved your design. Give one of the following dishes a try and tuck into some seriously autumnal flavours.

  1. Pumpkin pie - serve it with salted caramel ice cream and a dusting of icing sugar.
  2. Homemade pumpkin puree - serve it with your Sunday roast for an extra bit of flavour.
  3. Pumpkin & sweet potato soup - add any other autumnal vegetables of your choice, completed with some fresh sourdough for dipping.
  4. Pumpkin curry - combine aromtic flavours with pumpkin and chickpeas for a spicy sensation.
  5. Pumpkin bread - follow in the footsteps of the viral banana bread trend and adapt the recipe to include pumpkin flesh.

Compost Your Pumpkin After Halloween

Composting has become far more popular in the UK in the past couple of years, and you can have just as much fun composting your pumpkin as you can carving it.

How to compost a pumpkin/pumpkinflesh


If you're composting the leftover flesh, simply cut the pieces into small chunks and add to your compost bin/pile - it'll reduce quite quickly this way. If you're composting the whole pumpkin once Halloween has passed, you'll need to smash it, and this can be a lot of fun for kids! Take your pumpkin outdoors where you won't need to worry about mess and let your kids have a go at breaking the pumpkin down into pieces, then let them bury it in your compost pile.

Enjoy A Pumpkin Based Dish

Pumpkins are impressively versatile, and the possibilies are endless when it comes to making a dish using the vegetables hearty flesh once you've carved your design. Give one of the following dishes a try and tuck into some seriously autumnal flavours.

  1. Pumpkin pie - serve it with salted caramel ice cream and a dusting of icing sugar.
  2. Homemade pumpkin puree - serve it with your Sunday roast for an extra bit of flavour.
  3. Pumpkin & sweet potato soup - add any other autumnal vegetables of your choice, completed with some fresh sourdough for dipping.
  4. Pumpkin curry - combine aromtic flavours with pumpkin and chickpeas for a spicy sensation.
  5. Pumpkin bread - follow in the footsteps of the viral banana bread trend and adapt the recipe to include pumpkin flesh.

Compost Your Pumpkin After Halloween

Composting has become far more popular in the UK in the past couple of years, and you can have just as much fun composting your pumpkin as you can carving it.

How to compost a pumpkin/pumpkinflesh


If you're composting the leftover flesh, simply cut the pieces into small chunks and add to your compost bin/pile - it'll reduce quite quickly this way. If you're composting the whole pumpkin once Halloween has passed, you'll need to smash it, and this can be a lot of fun for kids! Take your pumpkin outdoors where you won't need to worry about mess and let your kids have a go at breaking the pumpkin down into pieces, then let them bury it in your compost pile.

Plant Pumpkin Seeds For Next Halloween!

Want to get savvy with leftover pumpkin seeds after you've carved your creation? Try growing your own at-home pumpkin patch in time for next Halloween, it only requires a few simple steps!

  1. Choose an area of your garden that gets plenty of sun, and mark spaces for planing about eight feet apart to give your pumpkins the best chance to grow.
  2. Ensure that the holes that you've plotted are around 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide, then add a layer of aged compost to the hole. Do this shortly after Halloween to begin prepping the soil.
  3. Pumpkin season starts around mid-September, so keep your seeds safe and plant theml around 6 months before - roughly March/April.
  4. When pumpkins come into season, watch as your patch produces goods that are perfect for carving some spooky designs in to!

    Enjoy the vegetable of Halloween in many ways this year, and experiment with your own pumpkin creations - from carving exciting designs to cooking up a pumpkin-based feast with your leftovers! Enjoy new flavours everyday with Hellofresh, order your first meal delivery box today, and be tempted by our recipes below.

Plant Pumpkin Seeds For Next Halloween!

Want to get savvy with leftover pumpkin seeds after you've carved your creation? Try growing your own at-home pumpkin patch in time for next Halloween, it only requires a few simple steps!

  1. Choose an area of your garden that gets plenty of sun, and mark spaces for planing about eight feet apart to give your pumpkins the best chance to grow.
  2. Ensure that the holes that you've plotted are around 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide, then add a layer of aged compost to the hole. Do this shortly after Halloween to begin prepping the soil.
  3. Pumpkin season starts around mid-September, so keep your seeds safe and plant theml around 6 months before - roughly March/April.
  4. When pumpkins come into season, watch as your patch produces goods that are perfect for carving some spooky designs in to!

    Enjoy the vegetable of Halloween in many ways this year, and experiment with your own pumpkin creations - from carving exciting designs to cooking up a pumpkin-based feast with your leftovers! Enjoy new flavours everyday with Hellofresh, order your first meal delivery box today, and be tempted by our recipes below.

Pumpkin recipes

Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Pesto Dressing

5 min prep | Serves 1

Bircher Muesli with Honey, Blueberries and Pumpkin Seeds

Serves 1

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Croutons and Pumpkin Seeds

5 min prep | Serves 1 | Free 2-month Audible subscription

Roasted Sweet Potato & Sweetcorn

with Kale, Feta and Miso Dressing

Mexican Goodness Bowl

with Roasted Squash, Black Beans and Tomato Salad

Warming Rigatoni & Bean Soup (v)

with Honeyed Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Seed Crumb

Garlic Pork Steaks

with Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

Feta & Barley Bowl

with Cranberries and Roasted Sprouts

Coconut Dal

with Roasted Butternut Squash, Crispy Onions and Naans

Mexican Spiced Squash (v)

with Avocado & Black Bean Salsa and Quinoa

Stuffed Courgettes

with Balsamic Spinach & Tomato Salad

Superfood Mexican Jumble

with Feta and Jalapeño

Sweetcorn Fritters

with Avocado, Tomato & Feta Salad

Coconut Dal with Roasted Butternut Squash,

Onion Textures and Warm Flatbreads

Mushroom Stuffed Courgettes with Balsamic Tomatoes and Spinach

Sweetcorn Fritters

with Avocado and Tomato Salad