In my home growing up, roasted pumpkin seeds was all part of the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving, costumes, Unicef, giving out candy and, of course, trick or treating. Even now as empty nesters, my husband and I keep up the tradition – well, we don’t go trick or treating. Every year, Jenna, my daughter (and partner) comes over to choose a pumpkin with her dad. The design and carving is discussed and executed. Then Jenna and my husband fill little bags with candy for the big night while I roast the pumpkin seeds.
The roasting is a simple process. Add a bit of melted butter or oil. Salt. Roast. I keep them traditional, but many play around with different seasonings. Give them a twist if you wish. Or do half traditional, half not. Don’t worry about leaving a bit of pulp on the seeds. It adds flavour. Happy Halloween!