How to make your carved pumpkin last longer
You have carved your spooky pumpkin and it looks great! Once carved, pumpkins will generally only hold up for three to five days — or up to two weeks if you live in a colder climate — before wilting and showing signs of decay. And that’s not very long when you’ve worked so hard on your masterpiece! Do this quick after care daily and enjoy your pumpkin for much longer.
Give it a bath with bleach water after you have carved it. Place your pumpkin in a big bowl or bucket filled with water and 2/3 cup of bleach. Take some of this diluted bleach water and put it in an empty spray bottle. Then, leave the pumpkin there to soak for up to 24 hours.
Clean the inside of the pumpkin and the outside with diluted bleach in water daily.
Apply a layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the carved edges to keep them moisturized and prevent the edges from drying out too fast. Vegetable oil or WD-40 works too. But since they are flammable, don’t put a real candle inside your pumpkin. Instead, place a battery powered candle LED light inside.
Use the spray bottle with diluted bleach to spray your pumpkin every day. If you haven’t done that, take a spray bottle, fill with water mixed with a few drops of bleach. Do this everyday to keep it moisturized and ward off bacteria. Make sure you spray the inside of it too.
If you notice your pumpkin is starting to wilt, give it an ice bath overnight. Make sure the water covers the entire pumpkin. Once you take it out, dry it thoroughly to prevent mold growth. Keep it in a dry, shaded place.
Pumpkin Carving Workshop at Cyherbia
Every year in October, you can come to Cyherbia with your friends and family and carve your own scary pumpkins!
Book your place in advance, come choose your pumpkin, and enjoy a walk around the park with fun activities!
You can at and drink in the tea room, we have freshly-made healthy meals.
Check out the past Halloween and Pumpkin Carving events here: