5 Ways To Keep Your Jack-O-Lantern Fresher Longer

Planning to carve a pumpkin for Halloween? Here's how to help it last longer.

October 21, 2019

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With Halloween creeping closer, it's time to break out the tools and carve up a Jack-O-Lantern. But the challenge is making it last as long as possible. Here are some recommendations from the Urban Organic Gardener to help prevent your pumpkin from becoming a rotted mess outside your home.

After slicing up the pumpkin:

  • Take care to remove all of the "guts" and seeds from the inside.
  • Clean the interior with a solution of one tablespoon of bleach per quart of water to kill off mold. Or go all-natural with one tablespoon of peppermint Castile soap in a quart of water.
  • Rub petroleum jelly or olive oil on the cut surfaces to prevent drying out, while the Farmers' Almanac suggests hairspray will also work.
  • Lastly, cut a hole out of the bottom for the candle rather than go in from the top. This will allow moisture to escape, plus make it easier to light.