How To Enhance the Lifespan of Your Jack o' Lanterns!
OCTOBER 03, 2023
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If you're like most people, you probably enjoy carving a pumpkin or two during the Halloween season. However, it can be disappointing when your beautifully carved jack o' lanterns start to rot and decay after just a few days. If you want to make your pumpkin creations last longer, here are 3 ways to improve their lifespan:

  1. Choose the right pumpkin

The key to a long-lasting jack o' lantern is selecting the right pumpkin. Look for a pumpkin that is firm and has a hard skin. Avoid pumpkins with any soft spots or blemishes. A pumpkin with a thick stem is also a good indicator that it is healthy and will last longer.

  1. Clean and preserve the pumpkin

Before you start carving your pumpkin, make sure to clean it thoroughly. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt and debris. Once it's clean, consider using a pumpkin preservative spray or soaking it in a mixture of water and bleach to help prevent mold and decay. You can also rub petroleum jelly on the cut edges to keep them from drying out.

  1. Keep the pumpkin cool and dry

Heat and moisture are the enemies of a long-lasting jack o' lantern. Keep your pumpkin in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. If you live in a humid area, consider placing a dehumidifier near the pumpkin to help remove excess moisture from the air.

By following these 3 tips, you can greatly improve the lifespan of your jack-o’ lanterns and enjoy them for days, or even weeks, after Halloween!