Keeping your Jack-O-Lantern Mold Free!


I carved a lovely Jack-O-Lantern this year (if I do say so myself).  I proudly display it in the living room, lighting it up each night to make the house more festive.  Last night when I went to light my darling pumpkin, I noticed that it was getting kind of wilted and a little bit moldy!  I swear this has never been a problem in past years, and it was kind of  gross, so I went searching online for tips to avoid wilty, moldy Jack-O-Lanterns, so that no other South Shore Mamas will have to be the moldy-pumpkin-lady.  Here’s what I found…

  1. Lightly coat the cut surfaces of the pumpkin with petroleum jelly immediately after you finish carving, including inside of the pumpkin and lid.  The petroleum jelly acts as a barrier to seal in the pumpkin’s natural moisture and slow down the dehydration process.
  2. Pumpkin Fresh Pumpkin Preserver is one of those ‘As Seen On TV’ products.  Spray-treat your carved pumpkin with Pumpkin Fresh to seal the inside of the pumpkin and prevent mold, rot and decay.  4oz. bottle for $4.99.
  3. Make a solution of 2 teaspoons of bleach and one gallon of water (double or triple as needed).  Completely submerge the carved pumpkin in this solution for 8 hours.  Air dry on top of newspapers.
  4. Spray the inside and outside of your Jack-O-Lantern with a bleach and water mixture (one teaspoon for each gallon of water).   This will have to be done once a day.
  5. Spray the entire pumpkin, inside and out, with a clear acrylic spray.
  6. Cover your Jack-O-Lantern with a wet/damp towel during the day.
  7. Try soaking your carved pumpkin in water overnight to rehydrate and restore it back to its original condition.

My Science Project compared five different ways to preserve a carved pumpkin (glue, bleach, Vaseline, Pumpkin Fresh Spray and acrylic spray) and documented the results compared to a plain old untreated Jack-O-Lantern, pictures included.  A little bit gross, but interesting reading nevertheless!

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