How to Make Your Pumpkins—Carved or Not—Last Beyond October 31
Halloween doesn’t technically arrive until October 31, but the lead-up to the big day is the best part of the holiday. That’s when you put your pumpkin carving stencils to work and watch as many Halloween movies on Netflix as you can; it’s when you go pumpkin picking and plan spooky or autumnal decorations for your home. As any holiday planner can attest, though, getting overly excited for Halloween can hurt you by the time October 31 rolls around if your pumpkins—carved jack-o’-lanterns or decorative no-carve pumpkin ideas alike—are moldy and rotten (or worse, covered with bugs, and not the cute decorative kind).
Even knowing how long carved pumpkins last, it’s all too easy to carve too early or fall prey to bugs, poor conditions, or sub-par pumpkins and suffer the consequence: a less-than display-worthy carved pumpkin on Halloween night. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to make your pumpkins last longer this October (or any time of year when you’re decorating with pumpkins).
How to make pumpkins last longer
Whether they’re carved or uncarved, you can help your pumpkins live a little longer off the vine with a little prep work and some bleach, say experts at Clorox. To make your pumpkins last longer, you’ll need:
- Clorox disinfecting bleach
- a clean four-gallon bucket
- measuring cups and spoons
- a spray bottle
Next, follow these simple steps.