Halloween Pumpkin Fun

Pumpkins seem to just say Happy Halloween, don't they?  We love choosing just the right pumpkin for our table centerpiece and the kids love picking their own pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern.

But besides making centerpieces and jack-o-lanterns, you can do a lot more with that orange squash.  Have you ever tried saving the pumpkin seeds, washing and drying them and then roasting them.  This is a favorite fall snack around our house.  We just toss with a little olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt, then roast in the oven on a cookie sheet.  They are sooo yummy and nutritious.

You can also bake the pulpy part of the pumpkin as a side veggie dish or add brown sugar and spices to make your own pumpkin pie.  I must admit we usually  just go with the pumpkin pie mix as it is a bit of work to make from scratch. 

Another fun way to use your pumpkins is to make a Halloween or fall scarecrow.  Just gather some old jeans, a big shirt and stuff with straw, or even some polyfil from the fabric store.  Add a pumpkin head, with a funny or scary face drawn with markers.  Your scarecrow can hang around for Thanksgiving as an outside decoration.

What other ways do you use pumpkins?