1. Size and weight
There are two main reasons why people are looking for a pumpkin: to cook or use it for Halloween decorations. No matter what is your reasoning, the first thing you should pay special attention to when picking a gourd is its weight.
The basic rule is simple: the heavier the pumpkin is for its size, the better. Heavy pumpkins are more likely to have more flash, and flash is the most valuable part of it.
Perfect pumpkin ought to have an evenly-colored shell, without any discolored or damaged areas. However, if there are no fruits with a perfectly orange shelf left, look for the one that has little green spots on it. In contrast to the pumpkins with pale areas, the ones with green spots on them can be turned fully orange. All you have to do is to put your pumpkin somewhere not too hot but with a lot of sunlight and leave it there for a while. In time, the shell will change its color to orange.