Best pumpkin recipes for Halloween

Make your own Halloween-themed seasonal feast with these recipes for pumpkin fritters, spiced curry or warming salads, or try madeleines with pumpkin custard and cinnamon meringue.

Every year, the UK wastes around 18,000 tonnes of perfectly edible pumpkin flesh and seeds as the nation carves away to make spooky Halloween lanterns.

Like squash, pumpkin is sweet and warming and can be delicious if cooked in the right recipes. Here are a few veg-centric recipes to help turn your pumpkin waste into a tasty meal or treat.

For all of the below you can substitute pumpkin for squash, which will also be infinitely tastier than the watery Halloween pumpkins. Squash can also be decorated and then cooked and eaten afterwards.

pumpkin madeleines

Pumpkin madeleines with pumpkin custard and cinnamon meringue

Unusual and slightly long-winded but totally worth it. The meringue isn’t necessary but adds an impressive finish. All the elements can be made individually if you don’t want to tackle the whole recipe. See recipe.

Pumpkin fritters

Pumpkin fritters with romesco

These fritters are simple to prepare and the romesco is a delicious accompaniment, or it can be substituted for a simple mayonnaise mixed with paprika and garlic. We like the romesco with a mix of nuts rather than using just almonds. See recipe.

Pumpkin fritters

Roasted pumpkin salad with pumpkin seed dukka, sumac red onions, Wootton White, pistachio and pomegranate 

This dish has a Middle Eastern feel to it and is a good way to use up pumpkin flesh and seeds. Wootton White is an English Greek-style sheep’s cheese and can be substituted with feta. See recipe.

thai pumpkin curry

Thai pumpkin curry

Squash and pumpkin work well in a Thai curry as the coconut milk complements the sweetness of the veg, while lemony flavours add a fresh flavour. Make sure you bruise the lemongrass by bashing it with a rolling pin to release the aromatic flavour. If you don’t fancy making the paste, you can buy it ready made. See recipe.


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  1. Why is this recipe not live (it doesn’t open)-Pumpkin madeleines with pumpkin custard and cinnamon meringue? I did sign in so that’s not the reason.

    1. Hi Dichasium, you should be able to access the recipe by clicking on the link where it says ‘see recipe’. Hope that helps.

    2. Nope! Every single way in (ie., the hand grab symbol) takes me back to the original page-‘Best pumpkin recipes for Halloween’ which does not give the grab symbol so it doesn’t open! ??

  2. Fantastic ideas. Thanks, Riverford! I recently made vegan pumpkin spice cake with apricot icing (using coconut cream) topped with toasted nuts. If you use stevia or xylitol to sweeten, it’s healthy enough to eat all day 😉

    I find the smaller pumpkins are the most flavourful for cooking, however butternut squash is a decent substitute.


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