Halloween Ideas and Recipes

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a fabulous time of year and one which can be a joy for the whole family to celebrate! And it doesn’t have to mean oodles of plastic gadgets, sacks of hydrogenated fats and refined sugars, and tons of money shelled out for a whole lot of disposables.

Here we present Halloween – Earthy Family style! We hope you enjoy our suggestions for fun, healthy foods, trick-or-treat give-aways, and fun crafts and decorating ideas.

Jack O’Lanterns

Jack O’Lanterns date back to the Medieval times in Ireland and were originally made of candle-illuminated turnips. They were used to ward off the spirits of the dead and were particular to Halloween, as it was believed that the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest on this sacred night. When the Jack O’Lantern tradition crossed the Atlantic with the many Irish immigrants who were fleeing the potato famine, the super-abundant pumpkin replaced the turnip and it has now become one of the most popular symbols of this spooky holiday.

And while you can buy reusable Jack O’Lanterns, they’re usually made of plastic or foam (in other words, landfill cloggers), and they definitely aren’t as much fun. If you don’t have them growing in your backyard, pumpkins are super abundant at this time of year and you should be able to pick some up at a U-Pick farm or farmer’s market for a great cost. Doing it this way also makes picking them out a fun family adventure in and of itself. And the pumpkins you choose will make fabulous fall ornaments sitting around the house waiting to be carved, painted, or drawn into wonderful masterpieces right before Halloween.

Ideas for pumpkin craving see pictures below or come up with your own pumpkin character. Another idea is to search the internet for stencils for pumpkin craving. There are lots of great ones out there.

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Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Cutting open the top of the pumpkin, reaching your hand into the ooey gooey mess of pumpkin seeds and “guts”, clearing it all out and beginning your canvas. Aaahhh – the fabulous sense of Halloween is upon you. But wait! After every good carving session, you really should enjoy the oh-so-seasonal treat of fresh roasted pumpkin seeds!

Start by rinsing all the pumpkin guts from the seeds, then pat them dry with cotton tea towels. In a bowl, mix your seeds with a little bit of cold-pressed sunflower or safflower oil, and a good shake or two of sea salt. Spread onto a baking pan in a single layer and bake in a 350 degree oven until are light, golden brown, stirring occasionally to make sure they are evenly roasted. Let them cool, then crack them open and splurge on the delicious innards. Now that tastes like Halloween!

Did you know that pumpkin seeds are a fabulous source of protein, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, fiber and amino acids? They also contain calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, folate and niacin! What a power packed Halloween treat!

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