Optimized400PumpkinPumpkins were part of the annual SpookyWalk event, on Oct. 28, 2023, at Menotomy Rocks Park. / Photo courtesy Kathleen M. FinkHallHalHallHaHHalloween may be over, but candy and carved pumpkins remain.

For those willing to part with some of their Halloween candy, Arlington Orthodontics will pay $2 per pound, up to $10 per person, and ship it to troops serving overseas. Personnel there say that they will also make matching donations to Arlington elementary schools’ PTOs. Candy can be dropped off at the business office, 800 Mass. Ave,. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  today, Nov. 3, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

 Several elementary schools plan to compost no-longer-needed pumpkins; they cannot go into yard waste, and keeping them out of landfills reduces methane emissions.

According to Rachel Oliveri, school sustainability coordinator, Arlington Public Schools, campus-based recycling is meant for school families; however, there are other options for other residents.

"Our event, called the Great Pumpkin Rescue, is happening at all the Arlington public elementary schools this Thursday and Friday [Nov. 2 and 3]. This is the seventh year of the event, which diverts thousands of pounds of pumpkins from the trash to [instead] be composted withBlack Earth Compost,who also collects the lunch food waste from the schools.

"[Great Pumpkin Rescue] is specifically for families of students at the schools, as we don't have the capacity to make it a townwide event. [Non-school-affiliated] residents are instead encouraged to compost their pumpkins through backyard composting -- or a curbside subscription service as outlined here in this Zero Waste Arlington article," Oliveri said.

Finally, the Mass Audubon Society describes how carved pumpkins aka Jack-o'-lanternsmight be transformed into bird feeders.


 Sept. 28, 2023:SpookyWalk, long-running pre-Halloween tradition, took place Oct. 28


This story was published Nov. 1, 2023, based on a longer Oct. 30, 2023, article by YourArlington freelance writer Catherine Brewster.