How to keep your Jack-O-Latern alive longer

Tomorrow is Halloween which means another month has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean your Halloween spirit has to go, too. Keep eating pumpkin-flavored everything, keep drinking pumpkin beers, and keep your pumpkin friends alive.

Once carved, pumpkins don’t have much time before they start sinking into themselves and attracting flies, gross.

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My heart-eye-emoji pumpkin!

Here is how to make sure your Jack-o-Lantern makes it to Thanksgiving! (well, at least into November)

  • After you carve your pumpkin, spray the edges of the cut areas with a bleach solution. To make the solution, mix 1 tsp of bleach mixed with a gallon of water in put into a spray bottle.
  • Coat the edges with petroleum jelly. This will seal the pumpkiny moisture in!
  • Keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight during the day.
  • At night, either place your pumpkin in a bucket of water with a teaspoon of either vegetable oil or, if you have a larger pumpkin, make some room for it on a shelf in your refrigerator. The water will help keep the pumpkin from melting!

This is just one way to preserve. Check out a few other awesome ways to preserve your pumpkin that include white glue and an actual commercial pumpkin preservative spray here!

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