But someone in a suburb just west of St. Louis took a different approach to making sure their Thanksgiving guests got pie last Thursday: theft.
The Ballwin Police Department took to Facebook to explain someone had gone into an unlocked Honey Baked Ham shop and helped themselves to the pie.
"Apparently somebody was in 'desperate need' for pies on Thanksgiving, and completed an after hours transaction, exchanging cash for pies," police posted online.
The pie bandits left a note and money on the register.
“Happy Thanksgiving! No one was here and we were in desperate need of pies,” the note reads. “Left money, took pies. Thanks!”
Officer Scott Stephens said the door was left unlocked by accident, so the hungry trespassers weren’t breaking and entering.
“While not ideal in anybody’s perspective, how it went down, but (the store) didn’t want to take it any further,” he said. “They were satisfied with the transaction."
Stephens said he’s never quite seen anything like this before, but he wasn’t entirely surprised.
“That’s the one thing about law enforcement,” he laughed. “You see something new every day.”
TODAY reached out to Honey Baked Ham for comment, but did not immediately hear back.