Pumpkin activities for the Whole Family!

Every year we buy a pumpkin to make a Jack O’Lantern for Halloween. We carve it and throw it away after Halloween.
This year buy one for baking too. Pick a medium size one to make 2 pies or other goodies.
 How to: Give it a thorough scrubbing with a brush, perhaps in the sink.
Place it on a cookie sheet in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.   Check it every 15 minutes until the surface begins to soften. Remove carefully from the oven to cool. The outside should peel off like a banana. Throw away the skin and cut the skinned pumpkin in half or quarters to remove the seeds and stringy material. If you want to bake the seeds, put the insides in cold water and the seeds will flow to the top as you swish the mixture in the water. Seeds can be baked on a cookie tin with a bit of salt for a delicious nutritious treat.  
Now, you have a pan full of pumpkin to mash up and use in recipes. Excess can be frozen in freezer bags to use months later. I use a potato masher to prepare the pumpkin for pies. A delicate flavor of deliciousness is your reward.