Not only do pumpkins look good propped up on your front porch, they’re also good for you, since they’re loaded with vitamins A, C and E, beta carotene and fiber—at only 49 calories per cup to boot. Plus, they work in so many different seasonal dishes. So really, you have no excuse not to go all in on decorating, cooking and baking with gourds this fall. And if you’re going to go all in, you might as well grow your own—it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think. Here’s what you should know before buying seeds, as well as the top types of pumpkins to grow, whether your end goal is whipping up a killer pie, carving an unforgettable jack-o’-lantern, tricking out your stoop or, well, all of the above.