We plant about 4 acres of pumpkins every year. I will post frequently during the growing season so you may keep up with the progress of the crop on our FB page, Evergreen Acres.
We also have an acre of Cushaw, which may be hard to find in our area. These are what you should use to make a pumpkin pie or other cooking. It is much easier to harvest the flesh than a jack-o-lantern and contains about twice the sugar content as an orange pumpkin. We even made our pumpkin beer from them this year, which has been a huge hit!