GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KREX) — Carving a Jack-o’-Lantern is one of the best parts of Halloween, but how should you dispose of it after Halloween is over?

Rachael Gonzales with Colorado Parks and Wildlife Service says you must properly dispose of the pumpkin so wild animals don’t get to it. “We want to keep wild animals wild,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales said wild animals might think these pumpkins are a food source and could keep coming back, which would pose a big problem for any pets. “We want to be very careful not to take diseases from some animals and have them come in contact with our domesticated animals,” Gonzales said.

Then how should you dispose of your Jack-o’-lantern once November rolls around? A spokesperson for Grand Junction said the community should drop pumpkins off at the City Food Compost or the Recycle Center on West Ave.

“We want to attract trick-or-treaters to our front doorsteps,” said Gonzales, not wild animals.