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Happy Halloween! Recipes, Carvings, and Costumes.. oh boy!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

For this Halloween, I decided to share some of my annual traditions. Be sure to comment below on your own traditions!

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Every Halloween, my family and I gather together to carve up pumpkins and harvest those delicious pumpkin seeds. You know this makes me think of a poem by Claire Yang, I suggest you read it 😀

Anyway, if you have never had pumpkin seeds before and you are interested in this delicious snack, here is what you do.

  • De-seed that pumpkin and do your best to get “clean seeds”. In other words, you don’t want giant mounds of pumpkin goop still attached. As you can see in the picture above, I have some goop left but not a ton.
  • Next, spread our your seeds on a baking pan (make sure to put down spray first) and cover with salt. (Hint: you want a thin layer of seeds)
  • Heat the oven to 400degrees and pop those babies in
  • After ten minutes take them out and flip them, resalt and stick them in for another 10min
  • Take them out, give them a couple minutes to cool and then enjoy your salty, crunchy, scrumptious snack!

The seeds are like a reward for all the hard work you put into carving your pumpkin. Here are some of my families’s pumpkins!

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Can you guess which one is mine?

We also added in a new tradition this year as we are attempting to learn how to do royal icing cookies! These types of cookies take hours (sometimes days). For instance, this design took two days to cook and then frost since you have to allow time in between frosting.

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This is the first stage of frosting plus some of our cooked pumpkin seeds! Anyone else’s mouth watering yet?

Here’s our finished product!

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*Decided to treat the girls at work 👍🏻

My family never misses the chance to dress up! While I usually go all-out, this year I’m keeping it simple and going as a scarecrow while my boyfriend goes as the farmer. Here I am!

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Is anyone else dressing up? What are your family traditions?

Be sure to comment below!

30 thoughts on “Happy Halloween! Recipes, Carvings, and Costumes.. oh boy!”

      1. Yay!
        Um, not really. Here in India, we don’t celebrate Halloween and that too, with so much enthusiasm. But of course, I love to know what my friends from other countries do on this day! I love the concept of Halloween and I really like the spooky vibes!

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  1. I love roasted pumpkins too. I was going to guess you were the bird with an arrow as well. I saw the comments, so I made a good guess too. lol. 🙂

    Cute costume. I know someone who is going as a yoga instructor for a company Halloween party. Cute idea, huh?

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  2. Be careful, Kayla Ann. The Pumpkin King doesn’t like to be used as a tool for your pretty decorations, no matter how good you are at carving a design out of him. It still hurts. Watch out for your teeth after this Halloween.

    I’m smiling so wide, my cheeks ache. I’m happy you thought of my poem as you celebrate Halloween. I thought you and your family’s pumpkin carvings were great. I could never do that. Your cookies look delicious too. Great costume, by the way. Have a fun Halloween and stay safe!

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    1. I’ll be sure to watch my back tonight :p

      I really do enjoy your poem so I’m glad I found an opportunity to link to you 😀
      Thank you very much! We’ve had a few years of practicing haha, our first pumpkins weren’t very good.
      Thanks, I went minimalist this year with my costume but I’m happy . Have a great Halloween! ❤

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  3. my goodness, you are beautiful! Well, we used to make jack-o-lanterns with candles inside, fresh pumpkin pies from the thick non-hollow type pumpkins designed to make pumpkin pie, play creepy/spooky Halloween songs from some zany Halloween song collection, drink hot apple cider nog, decorate windows and outdoors with spooky things, wear costumes to Halloween parties or balls, etc. Happy Halloween!

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      1. yeah always liked MM, Nah I put my phantom custom away in a local crypt. U R quite welcome! I’ll be disappearing soon but you’ll see me in a sunset or sunrise.

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      2. do me a favor when you get the time, make our conversation on poem post private from last night or delete comments by me. BTW besides being a mad poet, I’m also a mad photographer. Well maybe just a mad poet but nice meeting you. 🙂

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              1. click My site (top left corner) ADMIN, then Comments and then you can list them and delete what you have approved from phone or laptop – it makes no difference.

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  4. my goodness, you are beautiful! Well, we used to make jack-o-lanterns with candles inside, fresh pumpkin pies from the pie pumpkins designed to actually eat, play creepy/spooky Halloween songs from some zany Halloween song collection, drink hot apple cider nog, decorate windows and outdoors with spooky things, wear costumes to Halloween parties or balls, etc. Happy Halloween!

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