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How to Make a Puking Pumpkin for Halloween

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

Get into the Halloween spirit with this puking pumpkin!

Get into the Halloween spirit with this puking pumpkin!

How to Make a Puking Pumpkin

It’s hard to top Halloween for food and decorations. It's easy to get creative and make a spread of spooky snacks and treats.

My favorite gory delight this year is the hilarious puking pumpkin. Pumpkins throw up everything from their own insides to delicious Halloween dips. Some even have chemicals mixed in their bowels making a really gross-looking mixture spew forth.

Use the seeds for toasting and the pumpkin flesh to make pumpkin puree for dips and desserts.

Served With a Healthy Dip

I decided I’d rather have a delicious dip and a healthy one at that. I simply carved my pumpkin with sick eyes and a wide-open mouth. I used my favorite guacamole dip recipe and let that pumpkin puke up a healthy snack made of avocados and other fresh ingredients. The avocado is a fantastic superfood doing all sorts of good for the body.

I served my pukin’ pumpkin with blue tortilla chips. They’re really purple—a perfect Halloween color—alongside some other spooktacular snacks.


Ingredients for Guacamole

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)


  1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit and peels.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mash the avocado with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Dice and add the cilantro, tomato, and onion.
  4. Add the spices and lime juice. Mix well.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Don't throw out those pumpkin seeds—you can save them to make more tasty treats!


  1. Rinse and separate the seeds from the stringy pumpkin flesh.
  2. Pat dry with paper towels or a clean cloth.
  3. Toss the seeds with 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle to taste with fine-grain sea salt.
  5. Roast on a baking sheet in a 375-degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

Pumpkin Puree for Dips and Desserts

Pumpkin puree is used in pumpkin pies, of course, and lots of other desserts. We usually buy it in a can, but you can get enough pumpkin flesh from your discarded pumpkin to make your own. Here's how.


  1. Remove the stringy flesh and seeds.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half.
  3. Place the pumpkin halves, cut-side down, on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in a 300-degree oven until the flesh falls from the skin.
  5. Blend the softened flesh in a food processor.

Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Dips

Pumpkin dip recipes are plentiful. Some are sweet, and others are savory. Serve sweet pumpkin dips with apple slices, graham crackers, or ginger snaps. Serve savory ones with an assortment of crackers.

Sweet Pumpkin Dip

This sweet pumpkin dip from freshaprilflours.com uses pumpkin puree, brown sugar, softened cream cheese, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.


Savory Pumpkin Dip

Gimme Some Oven makes a delicious savory pumpkin dip using pumpkin puree, softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, cinnamon, bacon crumbles, and chopped pecans.


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Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 05, 2020:

Thanks, Louise!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 05, 2020:

Thanks! I made the savory dip. It was soooo good!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 05, 2020:

That puking pumpkin looks great lol. I love the look of the sweet pumpkin dip too!

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