Monday, October 31, 2005

happy halloween!

Not too much spooky action going on tonight. Boy9 left on his class trip this morning and we won't see him again until Friday noon and Boy12 is enjoying his brother-free time. The Great Pumpkin paid us a visit last night so everyone has eaten enough candy to last until Christmas, me included. I'm so ashamed.

We had two very small groups of trick-or-treaters today, one at 2 p.m. and one a bit later. At least they got the day right this year.


I took a few pumpkin photos over the weekend:



the boys' creations




on fire




be afraid, be very afraid




my contribution



So you've carved all those pumpkins. Now what do you do with the masses of lovely pumpkin seeds? Why you roast them, of course.



Wash and dry the seeds and mix them with a little oil and salt. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 350F (180C) for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden. These are SO good and very addictive. Here's a link that talks about the health benefits of pumpkin seeds.


And Halloween just wouldn't be complete without one of these, would it?


The only skeleton in MY closet.
For now, anyway.

16 Comments:

At November 01, 2005 12:46 a.m., Blogger J said...

Boo!

At least your Halloween was better than mine. Next year, I'm staying home.

 
At November 01, 2005 2:06 a.m., Blogger Cathy said...

Great pumpkins, Christina!!
Our trick or treaters started at 5:30 and lasted until 8:30. I'm glad it's all over...hope you had a great day. Enjoy the week with only the one son:)

 
At November 01, 2005 5:12 a.m., Blogger Crystal said...

I'm not really handy with a knife, I don't even bother trying to carve up a pumpkin, but you guys did really really good! I've gotta try pumpkin seeds sometimes, I never thought of people eating them but I guess it makes since.

 
At November 01, 2005 7:55 a.m., Blogger Prairie Girl said...

Christina, you did a great job maintaining the spirit of Halloween for your kids. And I love that skeleton!

You seem to even have a "real" closet, Wow!

 
At November 01, 2005 8:18 a.m., Blogger Sandra said...

Great job on those pumpkins, they look fantastic!

 
At November 01, 2005 9:43 a.m., Blogger Katja said...

Sounds like you had a fun weekend! Love the pumpkins!

 
At November 01, 2005 11:02 a.m., Anonymous haddock said...

Our pumkin went mouldy a few days ago. Yours look fantastic.
There were a lot of Trick or Treaters here. We were all dressed up and went round with the Juniorette. The local people here seem to be getting really into it. :)

 
At November 01, 2005 4:23 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Those pumpkins look amazing! Well done! I love pumpkin seeds as well!

 
At November 01, 2005 6:53 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

The Jack-o-Lanterns look really cool! And the roasted pumpkin seeds....they just make me hungry!

 
At November 01, 2005 7:03 p.m., Anonymous Garnet said...

CUUUTE pumpkins!!!! I'm impressed!
And I loooooove roasting pumpkin seeds. And agree they are very addicting. Unfortunately, my digestive system can't tolerate them much anymore so I don't do it every year. Have a handful for me (if there are any left!)

 
At November 01, 2005 10:01 p.m., Blogger melusina said...

Wow, I am very impressed with those pumpkins!!

 
At November 01, 2005 11:14 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Thanks for the pumpkin compliments! For mine I used an idea that came with our (crappy) pumpkin carving kit. The kids made up their own designs.

J - next year you can come to our house for Halloween and I promise I won't tell you that you talk funny! :-)

Cathy - yeah, I really miss the trick or treaters but I think three hours would have been enough for me too.

Crystal - I just use my trusty steak knife and the carving isn't that difficult. Haven't stabbed myself yet.

Prairie Girl - I like the skeleton too. And YES, we have real closets, but only in two rooms. More details on that in another post.

Haddock - the carved pumpkins only seem to last a few days and if they've already been lit they decay at an alarming rate. Ours will probably go on the compost tomorrow.

All - as Garnet says, the pumpkin seeds are so good, but watch out if you've got a sensitive stomach. I think they must be mostly fibre!

 
At November 02, 2005 11:46 a.m., Blogger Belinda said...

You're an awesome mum! :) I love the pumpkin designs. Me + Sharp objects are never a good thing so I passed on the carving lol

We also disconnected our doorbell :S I know I know, I'm a halloween scrooge but I'm not really into Halloween...well, except for the candy.

Soooo gonna try that pumpkin seed recipe.

 
At November 02, 2005 3:50 p.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

I love your Casper Pumpkin. I feel the same, I ate sooooo many bad bad sweets that I normally wouldn't touch....

 
At November 02, 2005 11:47 p.m., Blogger lily b said...

Love the pumpkins! We usually carve elaborate pumpkins – last year I made an owl and hung it from a tree – but this year we were on vacation just before Halloween and didn't catch up in time.

I wasn't even going to hand out candy, but my husband called me a mean witch and picked some up on his way home from work.

 
At November 03, 2005 7:53 a.m., Blogger Sparky said...

We also passed on the carving this year, but next year I definitely want to show our neighbors what they are missing out on.

Never had Halloween in the mill so far - what a waste, considering we live right below Germany's biggest Halloween Party at Castle Frankenstein (http://www.halloween-burgfrankenstein.de/).

On the other hand, even my Mom, who lives about 20 miles away, had a ton of trick-or-treaters in her tiny village!

- sparky

 

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