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Photo: O.C Ritz (Shutterstock) The only thing sadder than a sunken, desiccated, mold-covered Jack-O-Lantern on your front step is one in your trash can. Even if you don’t have a compost pile in your backyard, there’s just no good reason to send your castoff Halloween decorations to the landfill—you can put them to good use in other ways. Here’s how to give your unwanted gourds a rich second life. First things first: Remove (and save) the seeds Pumpkin seeds are more than a tasty snack: They’re where more pumpkins come from. Most eco-friendly disposal options involve leaving your old pumpkins out in the elements, where exposed seeds can sprout and take root. Unless you want a dozen (or a hundred) surprise plants in a few months, scoop those seeds out, clean off the stringy flesh, and spread them out to dry. From there, you can toast them in the oven with olive oil and salt , leave them out for birds, turn them into dairy-free milk , or use them to grow some pumpkins of your own—but, like, intentionally. Leave pumpkins out for wildlife The easiest thing to do with mushy pumpkins is let nature take its course. If you have a yard and some unpainted gourds to dispose of, just leave them out where raccoons, squirrels, birds, and insects can find them. (Don’t try this with painted pumpkins; the paint could be toxic to animals.) Smaller pumpkins can go out as-is, while the larger ones should be broken […]