Halloween Tips and Tricks

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It’s time for some pumpkin carving and displaying your gourd-geous creations on the front porch. If you put in the work, you want it to last, right? So how do you keep your jack-o’-lanterns from looking scarier than intended?

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Eventually, your carved pumpkin will get stinky and rotten, but you don’t want that to happen before Halloween. Finding a balance of moisture and dryness is key. Popsugar has some pumpkin protection tips for you to try:

  • Choose your pumpkin carefully – If the pumpkin has bruises, discoloration, dents, or deep cuts, look for one that’s more uniform.
  • Get all of the guts out – If you don’t scrape the pumpkin out thoroughly, the innards will create moisture (which accelerates rot) and could even attract pests and rodents.
  • Spray your pumpkin – Fill a spray bottle with water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Spraying this on the pumpkin will help preserve it and keep pests away.
  • Use fake candles – Real candles can dry it out (it needs some moisture) and wear down the pumpkin too fast. Use glow sticks or battery-powered tea lights instead.
  • Place your pumpkin somewhere dry – Too much moisture will cause it to get moldy and rot. Keep it off the ground, to discourage unwanted pests and rodents. A bench or table will work well.

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