How to Preserve a Carved Pumpkin for Halloween

Jack-o-lantern preserved on table
Your pumpkin is just like you when it comes to hydration — it needs it! (DepositPhotos)

3. Hydrate It

Keeping moisture in will keep your pumpkin plump leading to Halloween. Consider applying lubricant to the cuts you make. WD-40 works great for this, but you can also use vegetable oil or even petroleum jelly.

Something else to try is hairspray — that or any other sealant can keep your pumpkin from getting dehydrated.

Front porch fall display featuring jack-o-lanterns and bales of hay
Keep displayed pumpkins in a shaded area. (DepositPhotos)

4. Avoid Sunlight

If placed outside without cover, your pumpkin can rot fast.

Try to keep the pumpkin as cool as possible.

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