The 15 Worst (And Weirdest) Pumpkin Themed Products That Need to Just Go Away

Prepare to cringe at these bizarre pumpkin-themed monstrosities.
Updated May 8, 2024
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Pumpkin spice is fun to look forward to when the autumn months come around as pumpkin fans head out for pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pies.

But sometimes the craze can go too far as you stand in the grocery aisle staring at a product that probably didn’t need a spicy pumpkin kick.

So be a savvy shopper and avoid wasting money on these pumpkin themed products that just need to go away.

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Land O'Lakes Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread

Courtesy of Target A tub if pumpkin pie butter

Land O'Lakes has unique flavored butter spreads that sound great for your fridge. For example, its garlic and herb butter spread could be a delicious addition to some French bread for dinner.

But you may want to keep more money in your wallet and skip the Land O'Lakes Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread, which adds pumpkin spice to a tub of butter. You may be hard-pressed to think about where you will use that.

Nature's Promise Organic Chicken Sausage Pumpkin Spice

Courtesy of Instacart organic chicken sausage pumpkin spice

Sausages can be great items to throw on your barbecue on a fall weekend when the weather is still warm enough to cook outside.

But while you may find some chicken sausage packed with spices, you may want to skip the Nature's Promise Organic Chicken Sausage Pumpkin Spice with — you guessed it — seasoned with pumpkin spice flavors.

Beemster Pumpkin Spice Gouda

Courtesy of Instacart pumpkin spice gouda

There are plenty of different cheeses out there to choose from, but it’s pretty unique to find some pumpkin spice in a gouda.

Check out the Beemster Pumpkin Spice Gouda to see if a pumpkin spice gouda is tasty or perhaps not so good-a.

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Milk-Bone Dipped Pumpkin Spice Dog Treats

Courtesy of Target pumpkin spce dog treats

The pumpkin spice craze has reached your dog’s bowl, but will they like it?

Maybe it’s time to check out the Milk-Bone Dipped Pumpkin Spice with Yogurt and Vanilla Fall Dog Treats for your favorite furry friends and see if they think the pumpkin spice thing has gone too far.

Pumpkin Spice Hummus

Courtesy of Trader Joe's pumpkin spice hummus

Trader Joe’s is known for its unique flavors, especially the seasonal options that come and go depending on the time.

So, have you tried the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Hummus? It could be a miss or a hit, depending on how much you like dessert hummus options.

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Pumpkin Spice

Courtesy of Target flakes pumpkin spice

Frosted Flakes were a great option in your pantry when you were a kid, but do you think you would’ve liked a pumpkin spice version?

Check out Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Pumpkin Spice at your local grocery store to test how great or not great the cereal may be with some extra spice.

Busch Pumpkin Spice Dog Brew

Courtesy of Shop Beer Gear pumpkin spice dog brew

You may be surprised to find out that Busch offers a non-alcoholic version of its beer for dogs.

You may also be surprised to find out the retailer has a Busch Pumpkin Spice Dog Brew to accompany your dog’s pumpkin spice dog bones.

Pumpkin Spice Twinkies

Courtesy of Walmart spice twinkies

Twinkies may be a delicious treat you like to have in your pantry for an after-school snack for the kids or something special for you after a long day at work.

But the classic Twinkies taste may be a little different when you open a box of Pumpkin Spice Twinkies in your snack cabinet.

Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread

Courtesy of Walmart cream cheese spread

Bagels are better with cream cheese, and sometimes you can find different flavors like chive and onion to add to your morning bagel.

But you might want to step back before you try the Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread at your local grocery store, as it seems a pumpkin spice step too far.

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Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Goldfish

Courtesy of Pepperidge Farm pumpkin spice goldfish

Goldfish are a staple for any parent’s bag when you need to give the kids a quick bite on the go.

So, dealing with a hungry kid may not be the best time to introduce them to Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Dunkin' Pumpkin Spice Goldfish instead of the traditional cheddar option.

Pumpkin Spice Avocado Oil Caviar

Courtesy of Chosen Foods avocado oil caviar

It’s easy to think of caviar as a delectable dish you wouldn’t dare try because it could be too expensive or not to your taste.

But there is a Pumpkin Spice Avocado Oil Caviar out there for an affordable $19.99 per jar if you’re willing to try a caviar that probably takes pumpkin spice too far.

Cup Noodles Pumpkin Spice

Courtesy of Walmart A package of Cup Noodles pumpkin spice

Ramen noodles are a great option to have in your pantry if you’re on a budget.

You might want to stick to the traditional version of a cup of ramen noodles and steer clear of the Cup Noodles Pumpkin Spice option on the shelf.

Simply Gum Pumpkin Spice Chewing Gum

Courtesy of Simply Gum chewing gum

You may like having a pack of gum in your desk drawer during the day to get a little refresh from spearmint gum or a fun bubble gum flavor.

However, you might not be ready to replace your typical chewing gum with the Simply Gum Pumpkin Spice Chewing Gum that comes with a spicy pumpkin kick.

Special Kitty Scoopable Clumping Odour Control Cat Litter

Courtesy of Walmart scoopable clumping odour control cat litter

Cat litter isn’t food, so why do we need a pumpkin spice version? We doubt your cat will feel disappointed if you don’t buy pumpkin-infused litter.

If you want to buy it anyway, the pumpkin spice-scented version of Special Kitty Scoopable Clumping Odour Control Cat Litter might be around this fall season at your favorite retail stores.

Hefty Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Ultra Strong Trash Bags

Courtesy of Hefty cinamon pumpkin spice ultra strong trash bags

When you’re done eating at the end of the day, it may be time to take out the trash.

Would you consider a box of Hefty Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Ultra Strong Trash Bags instead of your typical bags? They’re available, but you might want to think about whether pumpkin spice trash bags are a little too much in the pumpkin spice category.

Bottom line pumpkin patch before halloween

There are great ways to save money shopping, including skipping the pumpkin items that were better off not existing.

It’s also a good idea to sign up for your grocery store’s loyalty program or a retail store app to earn extra perks or save money when you buy pumpkin items that are actually good. 

Consider making a shopping list before you go out on your next shopping trip if you like to impulse buy all things pumpkin — even the stuff you should just leave on the shelf.

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