Pumpkins make wild jack o' lanterns -- and tasty treats

Photo by: Tom Nardone
Pumpkin Milipede-
The originator of “extreme” pumpkins used over a dozen squashes and plenty of carrots to create this huge millipede, featured in his latest book, ... more 
Photo by: Tom Nardone
Pumpkin Milipede-
The originator of “extreme” pumpkins used over a dozen squashes and plenty of carrots to create this huge millipede, featured in his latest book, Extreme Halloween. less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 4:14 PM EDT
By Trystan L. Bass
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Most pumpkin-carvers have made a basic jack o' lantern with triangle eyes and nose plus a jagged smile. But this year, how about something different? Maybe a creative scene etched onto the pumpkin skin or a wicked smile that will scare the trick-or-treaters.

Take a look at the unusual jack o' lanterns below for inspiration. And while you're carving, don't throw anything away -- the pumpkin seeds, meat, and rind can all be used.

Pumpkin seeds are full of protein and vitamins so toast them up and sprinkle with a dash of salt, sugar, or spices for a snack.

The pumpkin insides aren't just for pies either. Try these nine pumpkin recipes for everything from cheesecake to ravioli. Even the rind is edible and can be turned into a unique treat.

And when the jack o' lantern is finished its turn on the porch, send it to the compost pile.