How to Preserve Your Jackolantern

I found this great article on how to save your jackolantern from pumpkin rot and thought you might want to know about preserving your pumpkins.  Every year I get so excited about Halloween that I buy pumpkins way too early and then my jackolantern turns black before Halloween night.

So here are several tips on how to preserve your carved pumpkin to make it last longer from Workin’ The Deals.

JackolanternHow to stop Jackolantern mold:

Essentially, we’re going to embalm your jackolantern, here are the simple steps:

  1. Remove dirt: Wipe the exterior surfaces of the pumpkin clean using a damp cloth.
  2. Make a bleach solution of1 tablespoon of bleach (typical brand name “Clorox) per quart of water and put it in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the pumpkin inside and all cut areas of the pumpkin with the solution.  This will kill much of the surface bacteria and mold that cause rotting.
  4. Let it penetrate and dry for about 20 minutes
  5. Next, rub all of the carved or cut surfaces with petroleum jelly. This will keep out new bacteria and molds as well as dramatically reduce the dehydration!
  6. Wipe away excess with a paper towel!
  7. Now, keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight and try to keep it as cool as possible (but above freezing!) and you should get at least a week’s enjoyment out of it!

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  1. I will try that, here in Florida the temp can still reach the 90s in the fall, but so far this fall it has been alot cooler!

  2. Thank you for this! We live in Arizona and last year was our first Halloween here. It caved in during the first day we set it out 🙁

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