Yesterday, I went with my family to our local pumpkin farm. We rode a hay ride, navigated a corn maze, petted some farm animals, and of course, picked out a pumpkin. We’re a little bit late, (less than two weeks til Halloween), but we still made it on time. Of course, if you carved your pumpkin as soon as September hit, your Jack-O’-Lantern might be looking a little…sunken. Pumpkins rot pretty quickly once you scoop their guts out and expose them to air. To slow down that process and make your jack-o’-lanterns look fabulous through November 1st, check out this post by Chrysa at Thrifty Jinxy for tips:
-Do NOT set jack-o’-lantern directly on cement steps. Place cardboard underneath it.
-Keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight if possible
-Bring them inside if temps get below freezing.
-Prevent bacteria growth by rinsing inside and outside of pumpkin with a bleach/water solution, drying it, then smearing all cut surfaces with petroleum jelly.