Growing up, we always used to eat our pumpkins, but a few years ago, when I tried to do this for my child, I discovered that it doesn't always work. "Carving pumpkins" are not delicious. Their meat is hard - even after steaming for a couple of hours - and it's completely lacking in flavor. As such, we have stopped buying them. There are many other types of winter squash that can be carved and/or decorated that taste so much better (sugar pie, fairytale, casper, etc). And considering pumpkin is one of my son's favorite veggies, being able to make a meal of it is really important.