HOW TO MAKE A CARVED PUMPKIN:
Step 1: A bleach bath
Give freshly carved pumpkins a bath in bleach water. You will want to use one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. Soak the pumpkins for 4-6 hours, occasionally pouring some of the water over the pumpkins and turning them
Bleach spray: If you do not feel like soaking your pumpkins in bleach you can spritz them daily with a bleach spray solution. Just make sure that you spray the inside as well as all carved parts daily. I recommend spritzing the pumpkins from time to time even if they are soaked in bleach.
Step 2: Vaseline
Applying Vaseline to the carved parts of a pumpkin prevents both dehydration and mold growth, making the pumpkins last weeks longer! Simply rub Vaseline over the carved parts of the pumpkin as well as the inside.
Step 3: Pumpkin fresh
Pumpkin fresh is a store bought pumpkin preserver that works wonders!
Step 4: WD40
If you happen to have WD-40 on hand you can use it to preserve your carved pumpkins. Why does this work? Mineral oil is one of the main ingredients in WD-40, and mineral oil will prevent the pumpkins from drying out
Step 5: cooking oils