How to make your carved pumpkin last longer

Halloween season brings with it a flurry of spooky activities, and one of the most cherished traditions is pumpkin carving. The excitement of turning an ordinary pumpkin into a ghoulish masterpiece is unrivaled. However, once you’ve put your heart and soul into carving, the last thing you want is for your pumpkin to wither away too soon. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to make your carved pumpkin last longer. With a little care and attention, you can extend the life of your pumpkin artistry and keep the Halloween spirit alive for weeks.

1. Give Your Pumpkin a Bleach Bath:

The first step in preserving your carved pumpkin is to give it a bleach bath. Fill a large bowl or bucket with water and add approximately 2/3 cup of bleach. Submerge your pumpkin in this mixture and let it soak for up to 24 hours. This simple step helps prevent bacterial growth and extends your pumpkin’s lifespan.

2. Daily Cleaning Routine:

Maintain a daily cleaning routine to keep your pumpkin fresh. Use a solution of diluted bleach and water to clean both the inside and outside of your pumpkin. This will deter mold and decay from setting in and ensure your pumpkin looks its best for longer.

3. Moisturize the Edges:

To prevent the edges of your pumpkin from drying out too quickly, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or even vegetable oil to the carved areas. This not only helps maintain the pumpkin’s appearance but also extends its longevity. If using a real candle, be cautious, as petroleum-based products are flammable. Opt for battery-powered LED lights instead.

4. Daily Moisturizing Spray:

Keep a spray bottle filled with water mixed with a few drops of bleach handy. Give your pumpkin a light daily misting to maintain its moisture and discourage the growth of harmful bacteria. Be sure to spray both the interior and exterior of your creation to keep it looking vibrant.

5. Ice Bath for Wilting Pumpkins:

If you notice your pumpkin starting to wilt, it’s not too late to revive it. Give your pumpkin an ice bath by submerging it in water overnight. Make sure the water covers the entire pumpkin. After the ice bath, thoroughly dry your pumpkin to prevent mold growth. Store it in a dry, shaded place to continue enjoying its spooky presence.


With these simple tips and tricks, you can ensure that your carved pumpkin remains a centerpiece of your Halloween decorations for an extended period. Give your pumpkin the care it deserves, and you’ll enjoy the spooky season to the fullest. Happy carving, and may your pumpkin stay frighteningly fresh!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop at Cyherbia

If you’re looking for a memorable Halloween experience, consider joining us at Cyherbia for our annual Pumpkin Carving Workshop. Bring your friends and family to select your own pumpkins and unleash your creativity. After carving, take a leisurely stroll around our park filled with fun activities. You can also savor delicious, freshly-made healthy meals in our tea room.

Pumpkin Carving Workshops

Check out the past Halloween and Pumpkin Carving events here: