Yea, me too. I only had canned pumpkin at other people's houses. I thought it was discusting! There is nothing like the real thing!
My mom always used a real pumpkin to make pies and a German meatless meat pie type thing call Plaugenta (SP) that is one of my comfort foods when fall rolls around.
We also roasted the seeds, most of them anyway, some we dried and saved to plant next years pumpkins.
When I grew up and had my own gardens I did the same thing.
I also composted and some of the seeds would end up in the compost. They sprouted the following spring and produced the weirdest squash you' d ever seen! When squash are hybrid they revert to something other than their own kind. In Montana, many seeds were hybrid to accomodate the short growing season.