If you and your child carve your pumpkin a few weeks before Halloween the old jack-o’-lantern will age so quickly he will be shriveled and old before that great night arrives. However, there are some ways to keep your pumpkin fresh so he looks young and youthful for Halloween night.
Try to hold off carving your pumpkin until two or three days before Halloween. If you choose to carve earlier than this then most likely you will have one shriveled pumpkin sitting on the doorstep ready to collapse.
You can help prolong the life of your carved pumpkin by using petroleum jelly. Simply place the jelly on each cut edge. For example, move your petroleum-jellied-finger and move it all around the pumpkin’s eye until the entire cut area has been covered.
Aside from shriveling your pumpkin will have a tendency to grow a little mold or even house some insects. This problem can be alleviated by spraying the pumpkin with water mixed with bleach.
If your friendly jack-o’-lantern starts to show its’ age, by shriveling, put it in a tub of water and let it soak for several hours. Once you remove the pumpkin dry the inside with paper towels. You will be surprised how this procedure will cause your pumpkin to look young and youthful once again. If you like surprises, we invite you to visit our website, CarvingForKids where you will find templates and a number of creative Halloween ideas.