Pumpkin carving is fun whether you’re 5 or 95.
It’s creative, whimsical and reminds us to stay young.
It’s a perfect reason for friends and family to get together and play, and it’s a great way to celebrate the first chilly nights of fall.
And best of all, it’s unabashed permission to make a tremendous and glorious mess.
So spread out some plastic, let the pumpkin seeds fly, and enjoy some pure old-fashioned fun.
While you’re at it, try saving and roasting the pumpkin seeds for a fireside treat.
- As you’re scooping out your pumpkins, separate the seeds into a bowl.
- Rinse the seeds to remove all the stringy goo, then spread them out on a towel to dry overnight.
- Toss the seeds in a bowl with a little melted butter and salt.
- Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally, until they’re a nice golden brown (about 20 to 30 minutes, but keep an eye on them).
- For variety, you can spice them up with garlic, red pepper, or Worcestershire sauce, or stay in the holiday spirit with a little cinnamon and sugar.