How to Make Carved Pumpkins Last for Weeks!

We haven’t carved pumpkins in 2 years! Yes. You read right. Shame on us, right? Last year, we decided to take Julianna to the pumpkin patch, but we didn’t choose our pumpkins to carve. I guess the reason is because we got distracted and carried away by the fact that she looked so cute sitting on top of the pumpkins. Either way, no excuse.

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This year, now that she’s 19 months old and way more active than last year, we decided to take her to the pumpkin patch not only to capture cute pictures of her with big pumpkins but also to see her have fun going down the slides, petting the animals, and riding the tractor with other kids. The weather was absolutely perfect. The air was crisp and with a low 70’s temperature. I’m surprised that pumpkin patches don’t have a coffee and/or hot chocolate stand. I strongly craved sipping on a hot chocolate as I watched my daughter run around in the semi-cold weather.

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After $10.00 worth of tickets going down the slides, we headed home with our beautiful pumpkins. I am not the typical creative gal, so I looked for inspiration on Pinterest. I loved the idea of carving “Cheshire Cat” from “Alice in Wonderland” because I knew my daughter would love it. My husband, on the other hand, decided on carving something more spooky.

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So even though we didn’t carve our pumpkins for the past couple of years, I think we did pretty good with this year’s carving. I’d say it’s been a cool holiday so far. If you haven’t seen my Halloween Party post, make sure to see that too!

Now for the GRAND finale: If you decided to carve pumpkins for Halloween, and you’re wondering how to make your awesome carved pumpkins last for weeks, here are some simple hacks to make that possible!

Mold growth and dehydration make your pumpkins rot. Here are several ways to prevent that:

Tip #1: Bleach 

Give freshly carved pumpkins a bath in bleach water. Use one tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water. Soak the pumpkins for 4-6 hours while turning them occasionally to make sure they get covered evenly with this water. Bleach spray is also an option if you don’t want to do the bleach bath. You can spray your carved pumpkins with this solution every day (including the inside).

Tip #2: Vaseline

Applying Vaseline to the carved parts prevents dehydration and mold growth. Rub the Vaseline on the inside too. I suggest wearing gloves since it might get messy.

Tip #3: Pumpkin Fresh

Pumpkin Fresh is a store bought pumpkin preserver. It costs a few dollars, but it’s a simple and easy way to preserve pumpkins.

Tip #4: WD-40

The oil in the WD-40 will prevent pumpkins from drying out.

Tip #5: Cooking Oils

Cooking oils such as vegetable oil or coconut oil will prevent pumpkins from rotting and works in similar ways as the WD-40.

Hopefully, these hacks will help! Which designs did you choose for your pumpkins?

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