Every family that celebrates Halloween should invest in at least one pumpkin. After all, carving jack-o-lanters is a tradition, and it's not every holiday that your home decorations also provide you with the makings for a tasty snack. Roasted, salted and seasoned to your tastes, pumpkin seeds can be a healthy, delicious alternative to eating too much Halloween candy. Pumpkin seeds are a low-calorie, high-fiber snack, chock full of vitamins, minerals and protein, so you don't have to feel guilty about indulging.
Cut an opening in the pumpkin, and scrape out the seeds with a large spoon. Remove as much pulp and strings as possible. Place them in a colander and rinse them with cold water. Drain them well.
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, or cover it with a piece of parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Put your pumpkin seeds in a bowl. Add 2 to 4 tbsp. of melted butter or olive oil and stir well to coat the seeds. Spread them on the cookie sheet in a single layer.
Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. of salt over your seeds, or leave them unsalted if desired. Season your seeds further if you wish by sprinkling on approximately 1/2 tsp. of flavorful seasonings, such as garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, ground rosemary, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, pumpkin pie spice mix, brown sugar, allspice, ginger or grated Parmesan cheese.
Place the seeds in the oven. Open the oven door, and stir the seeds approximately every 10 minutes. Spread them out evenly again before closing the oven door.
Remove the pumpkin seeds from the oven when they are golden brown, which can take 30 to 45 minutes. Allow seeds to cool before serving.