One of my favorite activities to do with my kids is carving pumpkins. Nene has been really excited all this month to carve her pumpkin and see it glowing on the porch when she comes home from practice. It's about as exciting to her as actually going out to get candy.
This year Little Man was able to help (reality: threw guts on the floor, bang my knuckles with the spoon and pour guts back into completely cleaned out gourds). He had tons of fun watching the huge orange vegetables get turned into silly characters.
Mr. Man Cub's pumpkin. Once finished he had fun beating it with a spoon and filling it with carved out pieces and guts.
We roasted them of course!! After tediously separated them from the guts. we are gobbling them up. Next year, I must find a better system for doing this...
After separating them. I rinsed them to get any bits of pumpkin I missed then paper toweled them dry. You could have also just let them air dry but I rather not find seeds every where due to a toddler trying to plant them (suggested by his bis sis).
After drying, put about a 1 tbsp of olive (or whichever) oil and coat the seeds, sprinkle some salt and set them in the oven at 250 for 45-60 minutes.
What traditions do you do with the kids every year? I'm looking to do more.