Step 1. Preoccupy your hyper child with a pumpkin of their own.
You know, for pumpkin bowling.
Step 2. Preheat oven to 350F. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and guts. Rinse and reserve the seeds for roasting.
Step 3. Cover the cut side of pumpkin pieces with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet, foil side up. Bake for 90 minutes or until the flesh is easily pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool.
Step 4. Once cooled, scoop pumpkin flesh from both halves into food processor and puree until smooth.
Step 5. Use just as you would canned pumpkin. For example, how about some Curried Pumpkin Soup from 1000 Vegan Recipes?
Step 6. What about those seeds? Place them in a saucepan with enough water to cover them, plus about another inch of water. Add 1 tsp. salt and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Toss them with a little olive oil and a sprinkling of salt, and spread on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
I'm not sure why, but the boiling helps them stay nice and crispy, instead of tough and chewy.
I promise -- tomorrow, something besides pumpkin!