I just processed last year's jack-o-lantern into cooked pumpkin. I've had lots of pumpkin for numerous pies all year. Just make sure not to carve your jack-o-lantern until the night before Holloween, then use an LED light source. The pumpkin will still be fresh and great for processing. Just cut, peel, dice, and either bake or steam. Mash it and put it into freezer bags, or can it. Ane the pies I made from it were wonderful. I was told by others that I had to have special - pie pumpkins - because they have a higher sugar content. That just wasn't true. I received rave reviews from everyone who ate the pies made from my jack-o-lantern. I'll be doing the same thing this year. No pumpkin pie filling shortage at Goodweed's house.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North