My daughters always carve pumpkins for Halloween, so I began cooking the pumpkin. Of course, the flan could have a richer pumpkin flavour if made with a deep-orange pie pumpkin, but we make it with the pumpkins we carve.
It's so easy you won't believe it. Look for how-to articles on this site for techniques, like this one with Jack-o-lantern templates you can download and print. You will be astonished at your results!