- Carve pumpkins on a newspaper away from the kitchen sink
- Do not put pulp and seeds into the garbage disposal or toilet
- Throw all pumpkin-related waste and newspaper in the garbage
- Roast those seeds and compost the stringy stuff in the pumpkin, unless you want your compost pile to become a pumpkin patch next year.
And the treat for following this recommendation -- pumpkin carvers can use the pulp and seeds for Halloween desserts, breads and muffins. There are recipes that use both pulp and seeds. For even more ideas for pumpkin use, see Earth 911's article here.