Ever wonder why pumpkins for Halloween? I did, so I thought I’d write this post about pumpkins – the legend of the Halloween pumpkin, a pumpkin seed recipe, and some pumpkin bead eye candy!
According to wiki – A jack-o’-lantern is a carved pumpkin, turnip or beet, associated chiefly with the holiday of Hallowe’en, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisp or jack-o’-lantern. In a jack-o’-lantern, the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved out, and the lid replaced. It is typically seen during Halloween.
They originally appeared in Ireland and Scotland, with faces carved from turnips to represent goblins. They were used during the time of Samhain when fairies and spirits were thought to be most active. In the US the pumpkin was used originally for harvest season, not necessarily Halloween. While there are many stories associated with jack-o-lanterns, the major story is that they were used to ward off the undead.
A very popular thing to do with your pumpkin guts after carving them is to roast pumpkin seeds. Here’s a recipe you can use –
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Toss seeds in
a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single
layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden
brown; stir occasionally. You can also add powdered cayenne pepper, cumin, curry powder, etc. to make them different flavors!
And here’s a fun link for a free project from Prima Bead – beaded pumpkins!
Ok, so here’s the eye candy! Pumpkin beads!