How to Preserve a Carved Pumpkin for Halloween

A fall display featuring pumpkins
If you want pumpkins in your fall display, you really need to preserve them. (DepositPhotos)

Your scariest Halloween decoration shouldn’t be a moldy pumpkin.

Remember: A pumpkin is just a fruit. After exposure to the elements for several days, your jack-o-lantern’s grin will begin to sag.

Your pumpkin deserves to be preserved, so here are four ways you can keep it healthy with household items.


Removing a pumpkin's seeds and pulp to preserve it
A scoured pumpkin is a preserved pumpkin. (DepositPhotos)

1. Gut It 

This may seem obvious, but make sure you remove all the pulp! When that stuff piles up, it attracts bacteria and pests. Scour the pumpkin walls and base for all loose pulp.


2. Clean It

Wet and Forget Ready to Use
Wet & Forget Ready-to-Use

Wet & Forget Ready-to-Use is more than a moss, mold, mildew and algae stain remover. It can do double duty for pumpkin preservation.

Spray your carved pumpkin with Wet & Forget Ready-To-Use. Be sure to spray the full interior, lid and crevices of your pumpkin.

Apply Wet & Forget just once per week for an easy way to keep your pumpkin mold and mildew free for at least 2-3 weeks.

 

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