One of the things I love most about Halloween is the chance to carve pumpkins. Although the faces I carve each year change, what remains constant is the tasty snack I enjoy during and after: roasted pumpkin seeds! Toasting pumpkin seeds is super easy. All you need are the pumpkin seeds, an oven, and a cookie sheet. Here's how you do it:

  1. Instead of throwing the seeds in the trash as you remove them from the pumpkin, put them into a big bowl filled with cold water. Soaking them allows the pumpkin membranes to separate from the seeds.
  2. Throughly drain and dry the seeds. Pour a tablespoon or two of olive oil onto the cookie sheet. Spread the pumpkin seeds on the sheet in an even layer.
  3. If desired, toss with the spices of your choice. Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and cayenne make nice additions.
  4. Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes. Enjoy now or later! Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Now that I've shared one of my Halloween traditions with you, why don't you share yours with me? What Halloween rituals do you perform each October?