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Fall Pumpkin Traditions









Halloween is here! You’ve got all month to plan your evening, but sometimes it can really sneak up on you. The 501 on First Blog is helping you celebrate. Try some of these ideas for the big day!


We found a great recipe for stuffed bell peppers — Jack-o-Lantern style — that you can try for dinner. This shredded chicken and rice-stuffed Halloween peppers recipe from Everyday Jenny will keep your belly full while you enjoy your evening.

Need something to sip on? Head over to Lauren Conrad’s blog for a list of festive Halloween cocktails.

All About Pumpkins has a Pumpkin Guide to help you pick the kind of pumpkin you want to bring home for your decorating or baking.

Between trick-or-treaters, you can enjoy your own homemade snack with roasted pumpkin seeds. We have the rundown on how to make your own. Stop by your Rochester, MN farmer’s market or pumpkin patch soon and choose the best pumpkins for the job and get started with some pumpkin fun.


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


seeds from 2 large pumpkins

½ teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

½ tablespoon olive oil

dash of salt



— Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

— Scrape out and remove seeds from your two pumpkins. Wash and clean your seeds from your pumpkin, making sure you remove any unwanted pumpkin rinds or deformed seeds. Wash in a colander and once again remove any unwanted items.

— Soak the clean seeds in a bowl full of water for ½ hour on kitchen counter or overnight in the refrigerator. Drain the seeds, discarding the water.

— Fill a pot with water and a dash of salt (enough water so that it will cover the seeds). Bring the water to a boil. Place seeds into the boiling water and boil gently for about 10 minutes. This helps cook the insides of your pumpkin seeds so when you go to roast them you will get perfect pumpkins seeds crunch, ensuring the insides are cooked.

— Turn off the heat. Drain the seeds and place them back into your empty bowl. Toss seeds with olive oil. Lay out seeds in a thin layer onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Place in the oven. Move and turn the seeds over about every 10 minutes, making sure they are not burning. Seeds are done after about 40 minutes or when they are no longer soft. You do not want dark spots on your seeds; you want them to be a darker yellow. Season with additional salt if desired. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Place into a clean mason jar. Enjoy!


These are the perfect companion for a Halloween activity. If horror movies aren’t your to your liking, this printable for Halloween Bingo is a cute, festive way to spend the evening. Grab some friends and use candy corn for your board markers! Enjoy!