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Pumpkin Destruction Day


Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on the second Saturday in November

Pumpkin Destruction Day comes along at just the right time. Halloween is over. Sadly, there are many leftover pumpkins that need to be disposed of. First of all farms, garden centers and many other stores usually have plenty of unsold pumpkins. Secondly, you an I likely have carved and uncarved pumpkins. They all have to be disposed of in some manner. However, your uncarved pumpkins can be kept for Thanksgiving decorations.

The objective of Pumpkin Destruction Day, is to have a little fun while destroying leftover pumpkins. Once they have been smashed, dropped from a sufficient height, jumped on, or otherwise obliterated, it is important to put the remains into your compost pile or a composting facility. A big part of the reason for this day, is to keep millions of pumpkins out of landfills.

How to Destroy Pumpkins

Today is all about having fun with pumpkins as you destroy them. Use your imagination. Make up a game or other fun way to destroy them. There's an almost unlimited number of ways to destroy them.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Smash them with a hammer or mallet.
  • Make a game of who can hit it with a rock from a distance.
  • Simply slice it in pieces.
  • Toss them down from the top of a ladder or tall building.
  • Shoot them out of an air cannon.
  • Use them as target practice for bow and arrow or a rifle. 

Regardless of what method you use to secure their demise, it is important to compost them after you are done.

Alternatives to Smashing Pumpkins:

If you're not into smashing pumpkins, they can be left out in some areas to feed wildlife. A wide range of animals eat pumpkins, including deer. If you're in a rural setting, it is fun to place pumpkins near the edge of woods and watch the deer feed upon them.

All pumpkins are edible. There's an almost unlimited number of recipes for cooking and baking pumpkins.  Find pumpkin recipes now.


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History and Origin of Pumpkin Destruction Day:

Adam Pugh, the General Manager of Rock Ranch in The Rock, Georgia created this day in 2006. Pugh asked the ranch owners for permission for people to "smash the leftover pumpkins for fun". The smashed pumpkins would be left in the field to rot as compost, thus avoiding putting them needlessly into landfills. Rock Ranch is a 1,500 acre ranch created by Chick-fill-A founder S. Truett Cathy as a foster home for kids. Pugh was given permission for this event and it was a huge success.

This holiday originated as "Pumpkin Destruction Day". It is also listed in the 2020 Chase Calendar of Events as "Pumpkin Destruction Day", with reference to Adam Pugh, the creator. Some internet sites incorrectly refer to it as "National Pumpkin Destruction Day".

We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation creating this day as a true national day.

Definition of "National" Days

There are also several internet references to "Pumpkin Destruction Day" or "Pumpkin Smashing Day" sponsored by individual local greenhouses or pumpkin farms. These local events are generally held a week shortly after Halloween.  


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