Sandy sidenote: We are still drying out from Hurricane Sandy but fared well in the storm, we only lost power for a few hours and had no damage other than some downed tree branches.
We picked up a few more pumpkins at the market recently, and over the weekend we got into the Halloween spirit by carving jack-o-lanterns to display on the front porch.
Nick carved Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas movie and I channeled my inner Martha Stewart and recreated her celestial pumpkin carving.
Of course, any pumpkin carving ritual wouldn’t be complete without roasting the seeds! Once again I turned to the domestic queen and followed Martha Stewart’s Spicy Pumpkin Seeds recipe. Nick spiced them with a bit more cayenne pepper afterwards, but they turned out great, and we’ve been snacking on them ever since.
We finished our pumpkins just in time to set them outside and light them for the annual neighborhood Halloween parade, which begins at the town center a few blocks away and marches right down our street to the community center around the corner from our house.
This is the first time Nick and I witnessed the parade (and tempted the kids with a big bowl of candy) and it was so much fun! We were expecting the parade to be rather small and we were both pleasantly surprised that several hundred kids and their parents participated.
We are nearing the end of our fall bucket list, and carving pumpkins was a fun one to cross off! I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!
2012 Fall Bucket List:
Attend a fall festival or Oktoberfest(Annapolis Fall Festival) Carve pumpkins and roast the seeds Go on a fall picnic
- Roast s’mores in the fireplace
- Bake pumpkin bread
Go on a hike and enjoy nature
- Try a new hearty soup or fall recipe
- Drink apple cider
- Run the Turkey Trot 5/10-mile
Drink a pumpkin beer (Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter) Create a fall mantel