10 Ways to Preserve Your Pumpkin Through Halloween

jack o lantern pumpkin on a porch

One of the best fall family activities is, by far, picking out the ultimate big, beautiful, orange pumpkin to either display as is or to carve into a Jack O'Lantern. But no matter what you're planning on doing with it, chances are you want your pretty pumpkin to at least make its way through Halloween ... and maybe even beyond!



Preventing your pumpkin from rotting can be a bit of a challenge, but you can set yourself up for success by choosing a pumpkin fit to carve. "The best pumpkin for carving would be a really nice, strong, sturdy one that has zero defects," explains gardening expert Shirley Bovshow of Eden Makers and star of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family. "If you find a pumpkin that looks really nice, but has soft spots or bruises here or there, that pumpkin is already degrading, and it goes downhill really fast!"

Once you've found the perfect pumpkin, there are many DIY preservation tricks you can try to protect your festive seasonal decor from decay.

jack o lantern pumpkin

Click below to check out some of the most buzzed-about options out there, and then tell us:

How have you managed to successfully preserve your pumpkins in the past?


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