Step 1: Choose a Healthy Pumpkin
Before you begin your pumpkin masterpiece, give it a thorough check. Look for any dents, bruises, discolorations, or squishy spots – those are signs of a not-so-healthy pumpkin. For some extra fun, visit a local pumpkin patch to pick the freshest gourd.
Step 2: Handle with Care
Pumpkins are sensitive! Try to touch them only when absolutely necessary. The natural oils on your fingers can speed up the rotting process, and we don't want that.
Step 3: Scoop It out Completely
When it's time to carve your pumpkin, don't rush. Whether you're using a fancy carving kit, the classic ice-cream-scooper trick, or your trusty hands, be thorough. Leftover pumpkin insides are like an open invitation for insects and will make your pumpkin go bad faster than you can say "trick-or-treat."
Step 4: Make a Pumpkin Spray
Carving your pumpkin exposes its tender insides, which can dry out in no time. Fight this by giving your pumpkin a spritz! Some folks recommend using beach-based solutions or hairspray, but if you prefer a chemical-free approach, mix 1 part Mildew Cure® with 20 parts water.
We make Mildew Cure® with essential oils so it is safe for pets and kids. Plus, its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties will help keep mold and rot at bay.
Step 5: Let it Dry
After the pumpkin spa treatment, let it air dry or gently blot it dry before placing it outside. This should keep your pumpkin smiling for about two weeks. But remember, results can vary depending on the weather. For pumpkin longevity, spray your creation daily with the Mildew Cure solution to keep it fresh and fend off fungi and bacteria.
Step 6: Keep Moisture Out
Instead of carving out the top, try cutting a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin and remove the piece. This clever trick not only makes lighting the candle or solar light easier, but also prevents moisture from pooling at the bottom, which can speed up the rotting process.
By following these steps, you'll boost your chances of having a spook-tacular, long-lasting pumpkin to greet your trick-or-treaters!