I love this season even though we don’t really get Autumn down here in South Florida. Because of that we have to bring the Fall season to us! This full-family activity involves so many parts, but I highly recommend. Just be organized and prepared for: setting up, drawing the pumpkin, carving, gathering the seeds, cleaning the inside and then my favorite….. Roasted pumpkin seeds!
Lets be honest here. Your entire family is not going to be involved in every step. I have a 4 and 7 year old now, but the first time I did this they were 2 and 5. While the 5 year hung around for most of it, the 2 year old lost interest after about 1 minute of each “new” step. I tricked her at point and stuck her hand in the pumpkin to feel all the “gooey” (come on it’s Halloween!) when we were gathering the seeds and she screeched “ICKY!”
If you haven’t already carved, but have a pumpkin at home, please try this! Rather than throwing out your seeds after carving a jack-o-lantern, make a delicious afternoon snack with the leftovers.
Here is a basic recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, but I urge you to dress these up a bit with spices. Savory flavors using cayenne pepper and chipotle seasoning work very well, but if you have a sweet tooth, make up a sweet batch! See tips and options for ideas.