When the calendar switches over to October, the world goes pumpkin. Pumpkin decorations, pumpkin coffee, even kids dressed as pumpkins. Pumpkin picking is a favorite pastime for a lot of families, and so is cooking. Putting the two together makes for a delicious and fun autumn.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade ice cream sandwiches made with chocolate chip cookies are amazing all on their own. But make that ice cream with pumpkin and you've got a fall treat that you won't be able to get enough of. The Tart Tart has a great recipe!

Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Peanut brittle is one thing, but in October, break apart some pumpkin seed brittle and enjoy. This recipe from Refinery 29 is perfect for your Halloween party or Thanksgiving dessert.

Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin

Not only do you get a delicious meal or appetizer, but you get an amazing centerpiece for your table too. You just can't ask for more! Saveur has a great recipe for you.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Enchiladas are always a welcomed meal in our house. Adding some pumpkin cream sauce can only make them better. Cheeky Kitchen has a great recipe with ingredients you probably already have.

Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles

Waffles, butter, and syrup make for a super sweet breakfast. Take that pumpkin and toss it in the batter for an amazing twist on a crisp, fall morning breakfast. Judicial Peach offers this tempting recipe.

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

In most homes with children, macaroni and cheese is a staple meal. Never Homemaker created this recipe that will turn your standby mac and cheese into a fall pumpkin treat. Perfect.

Pumpkin Ricotta Ravioli

What can we say about this recipe that isn't obvious from the name alone? It's ravioli. It's pumpkin. It even has homemade ricotta cheese. Make this recipe from My Kitchen Addiction on Sunday and freeze some for an easy fall meal anytime.

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

They had us at chocolate and pumpkin. This recipe from Closet Cooking takes pumpkin pie to the next level. Chocolate mixed with pumpkin with additional chocolate melted on top make this easy recipe a hit.

Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Just imagine curling up with a bowl of this on a cool Sunday afternoon. Vegan Visitor has a great recipe that’s easy and puts a great twist on a classic favorite.

No matter how you use pumpkin in your home, it always kicks your recipes up a notch. So experiment. Have fun and make some amazing meals and treats from the one fruit that your kids love inside and out.