How To Make Your Pumpkin Last Through Halloween

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Halloween is next week and if you’ve already carved your pumpkin, it may already be starting to wither.

Weather, mold, and bacteria all threaten your Jack-o’-lantern, so how do you keep it from rotting before Halloween?

Keep your carved creation looking good with these tips.

  • After you carve, give it a bleach-water bath - Submerge your carved pumpkin in a bucket filled with water and ⅔ cup of bleach and let it soak for up to 24 hours.
  • Rehydrate daily - Pumpkins will shrivel without moisture, so spray it every day with water mixed with a few drops of bleach.
  • Give it an ice bath - If your gourd starts to wilt, try an ice bath overnight. And dry it completely so it doesn’t get moldy.
  • Skip the real candles - They heat the pumpkin up, so try flickering flameless candles or glow sticks instead.
  • Don’t carve it - It may seem anti-Halloween, but it’ll stay fresh for much longer if you opt to paint the pumpkin instead.

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