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How to Make Your Jack-O-Lantern Last

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Written by Bill Hanks   

Making your pumpkin or jack-o-lantern last longer is very important during the Fall season.  Many individuals like to display their pumpkins and scary faced jack-o-lanterns for longer periods of time.  This article provides suggestions on how to prepare your pumpkin so that it will last longer.

1.  Always pick out a healthy pumpkin.  The more solid the outer skin, the longer it will last.  Pumpkins that sit in oe place for a long time will develop weak spots on the bottom side.

2.  Remove all dirt.  Wipe the exterior surface of your pumpkin or jack-o-lantern with a clean rag.

3.  Treat it with a bleach solution.  Combine 1 tablespoon of bleach with each quart of water.  Place it in a spray bottle. Once you have carved your pumpkin, spray the inside of your pumpkin and especially the carved area.  This will kill a lot of bacteria and mold that causes rotting.  Once you spray it, let it sit for at least 20 minutes.

4.  Use Petroleum Jelly.  Rub the carved surfaces with it.  The petroleum jelly will keep out the bacteria and mold from developing.  It will also keep your pumpkin from dehydrating so quickly.

5.  Avoid direct sunlight.  Keep your pumpkin as cool as possible, but avoid freezing.  If you live in a strong frost area, move your pumpkin inside for the night.  During the day time, keep it out of direct sunlight.

6.  Air around.  Place your pumpkin so that it gets plenty of air around it.  Consider setting it on a paper plate of piece of cardboard.  A small metal rack is also a good idea, too.

I love the Fall season and especially the various seasonal displays.  Pumpkins are a great way to express artistic displays.  They will last longer for you with a little TLC.

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