I love holidays, and Halloween is one that has slowly grown on me over the years. I have never been one to dress up for the holiday…It freaks me out to see people with gory or graphic masks, sexy outfits, that they otherwise wouldn’t be caught outside in, and paying lots of money for an outfit you wear once. Once.
Now that I have kids though, Halloween has so many other great aspects to it, and seeing my kids love to dress up and trick-or-treat is just fun! I love to decorate the house a little, with pumpkins, paper bats, and spiders that they all made in school. The mums, are a welcome flower, when everything else is shriveling in the cold weather.
We have a nice tradition of carving pumpkins, and also roasting the raw pumpkins seeds. This is the most normal aspect of the holiday to me: preparing the food and decorations. But the funniest part about this “kid” tradition…I always carve the pumpkins. The kids direct me to cut along the lines they’ve drawn, telling me, to “carve more” or “that’s wrong!” all the way through the process! Can you see the lines?! They were very strict this year!
And, just like that, these little lovelies are carved. Not quite Pinterest loving, but loving to me! And similarly, as soon as they reached in to get the seeds…mom took over. My guys are not crazy about the pumpkin-goo. It is too “es-gusting.” Oh well!
To make pumpkins seeds, which they DID want to do, we had to rinse the seeds first, under water and picking out the slimy bits:
Put them in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of oil, and mix until they are all covered with a little oil. Lay them out on a sprayed, rimmed sheet pan:
Bake in a 400* (F) oven, and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring mid-way. They should be a toasty-brown:
Cool in the pan. Taste and salt again if needed.
These are delicious. So much so, that they are gone. I am not sure that I can face carving more pumpkins, just to get the seeds! I guess, it’s good that I know Halloween will come again next year. And now I have that to look forward to…