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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!