Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Tips

Whether real or faux, learn these fun and clever tips for creating that impressive Halloween pumpkin.

Decorate pumpkins in a range of styles.

Pumpkin Carving Tips

Pumpkin Carving Tips

  • When choosing a pumpkin to buy, avoid ones with bruises or moldy stems; these will not last as long.

  • When cutting the top of the pumpkin, angle the point of your knife toward the stem. This gives the lid a place to sit and will prevent it from falling through the hole.

  • If the cut edges of your jack-o'-lantern are curling, re-hydrate the pumpkin by soaking it in a tub of water overnight. After removing, allow the pumpkin to drain for half an hour and pat dry.

  • Soaking your pumpkin in a solution of one teaspoon bleach per gallon of water will help inhibit mold growth.

  • While your jack-o'-lantern is on display, periodically mist it with water to help keep it hydrated.

  • Covering a jack-o'-lantern with a damp towel will keep it hydrated when it is not on display.

  • At night, wrap your jack-o'-lanterns in plastic and refrigerate. This will slow the aging process.

  • After carving, coat the cut edges and the inside of the jack-o'-lantern with petroleum jelly. This will help seal in moisture. Vegetable oil can also be used.

  • There are also commercially available sprays and dips that will keep your jack-o'-lantern fresh longer.

  • Spraying hairspray on the inside of your pumpkin will help increase its life span.

  • Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on the underside of the pumpkin top for a nice scent when the candle inside your jack-o'-lantern is lit.

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