I made this as an appetizer:
There is no pumpkin in this, just the shape. Make a cheese ball with your favorite recipe. Form it in to a ball and wrap in Saran Wrap. Put 3 or 4 rubber bands around it to form the ridges. Refrigerate until firm. I made mine the day before. Remove rubber bands and Saran Wrap. Roll cheese ball in crushed Doritos Nacho Cheese chips. Use the top of a bell pepper for the pumpkin stem.
I found these at the grocery store. I never heard of them before, but had to try them. They are a little on the sweeter side. I didn't particularly like them with my cheeseball, but others did.
We had several good dishes: Thai Pumpkin Soup with Rice Noodles, Pumpkin Enchiladas (very good--you couldn't even tell there was pumpkin in them), Cheese Ravioli with a Pumpkin Sauce and Pumpkin Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons. I do not have all the recipes, but here are mine.
Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
I made pumpkin bars for dessert. I've had this recipe since the 1970's.I didn't have the right pan, so just made a cake.
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1-16 oz. can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 3oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
Beat eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt an soda. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix thoroughly. Spread batter in to ungreased 15x10x1" pan. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 min. Cool. Frost.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream butter and cream cheese. Stir in vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth.