As Halloween fast approaches, carving pumpkins is a beloved tradition, but they may not last long if they are exposed to the colder weather.
Here are a few ways to keep your pumpkin fresh until Halloween:
- Wait as long as possible before carving
- Cut a hole in the back of the pumpkin, instead of near the stem, to take out the innards
- Coat the carved sections of the pumpkin, a Jack-o-Lantern at this point, with petroleum jelly to keep it from drying out
- Spray your Jack-o-Lantern with bleach. This will help keep mold or black mildew from growing inside
- Spray your pumpkin daily with water with a little bleach to keep it hydrated. Dry pumpkins tend to shrivel
- Keep it in a cool spot or in the refrigerator during the day, and perhaps on nights when temperatures drop into the 20s
As always, you can stay updated on the forecast and whether it will be a frosty night on whio.com or on WHIO-TV Channel 7 every day.