All of the above possibilities range from good idea to absolutely historical. If you've never done it before, I'd really suggest a prepared ie crust from the cooler aisle and a can of libby's pumpkin pie filling. All the ingredients you will need are listed in the back of the can. In the store, get the can first, then the pie crust, then the rest of the ingredients. If you want whipped cream or ice cream, make sure to get them just before you check out. Follow the directions exactly. Enjoy!