Pumpkins are easy to work with and they usually go on sale right after Halloween, just in time for the holidays! You don't need to buy pumpkin pie filling in order to enjoy the health benefits of pumpkin either. I found a fantastic deal on both the large jack-o-lantern type pumpkins AND the smaller pie pumpkins so I stocked up on a whole lot of each of them!
If you are looking for a good solid bowl, those little pie pumpkin shells are very sturdy. I think I may place a few around my yard for butterflies, toads, and other creatures next summer.
Once the guts and seeds are safely untangled from one another, you can dry the seeds off and roast them for a quick and healthy snack. They can be topped with a wide variety of seasonings. I strained my seeds in a colander. The seeds should be dry, (yes, I did forget that "small" matter, why do you ask?) lay them on baking sheets in a single layer and top with your favorite ingredients.