How to Throw a Pumpkin Destruction Party

Don’t toss your old jack-o'-lanterns. Recycle them -- and have fun doing it.


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You Will Need

  • Pumpkins
  • Location
  • Hammers, slingshots, or a wall
  • Party food
  • Halloween candy
  • Composts


  1. Step 1

    Decide on a location

    Decide on a location; any good-size backyard will do. Or consider asking town leaders about organizing a community event at a local park.

  2. Step 2

    Invite people

    Inform guests of the date in advance of Halloween so they keep their pumpkins. Arrange to pick up any from friends who can't attend.

  3. Step 3

    Get WMPDs

    Gather weapons of mass pumpkin destruction, like hammers and slingshots. If you have an outdoor wall, designate a part of it for pumpkin hurling. Or let people drop pumpkins from a high place, like a balcony or ladder.

  4. Make sure young children are supervised at all times.

  5. Step 4

    Feed your guests

    Serve snacks and beverages, or have a barbecue. Ask guests to bring their leftover Halloween candy.

  6. Step 5

    Collect the pumpkin parts

    Once all the pumpkins are smashed to smithereens, collect the pieces and toss them into your compost pile, or divvy them up among the guests. No compost? Bury them in your garden. Just be sure there are no stray seeds -- unless you want to grow your own pumpkin patch!

  7. Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.