How to prolong the life of a carved pumpkin

Oct 12th, 2013


Have you ever carved a pumpkin and the next day it was a wilted mess and you couldn’t hardly tell what you had carved in it anymore? Well, all your pumpkin needs is a cool bath. We blow up the kiddie pool to soak our pumpkins twice a day for an hour or two at a time. When you take them out to dry, you need to put them upside down so that the water completely runs out. Otherwise the water will pool in the bottom of the pumpkin and create a perfect habitat for mildew. Mildew=disgusting, smelly, slimy pumpkins. There’s nothing worse than that in my opinion.

We add a little bleach (or chlorine in our case) to the water to prevent mildew and let them soak up the water for a few hours. When you get them out they will be as good as new again.

Soaking the pumpkins isn’t a permanent fix and the pumpkins only last a maximum 3-5 days depending on the outside temperature, but it prolongs the life of your pumpkin tremendously.

If you live in St. George, Utah, send me an e-mail, and I will give you my address so you can come check out the display on Halloween night. :) If you missed the 2010 pumpkins, the 2011 carvings and the 2012 pumpkins , you better go check them out.

As you can see, we are pumpkin freaks. Ha!  Our kids LOVE this tradition and it’s really fun for us to display the pumpkins each year. This year will be our 8th year! Our neighbors love it, and we have hundreds of people come to see the pumpkins.

If you need some pumpkin carving tips and tricks, stay tuned for a post coming up this week, or you can check out our pumpkin carving 101 post. 

This post has been updated from it’s original post date from 2011. 


  1. Good to know!! We tend to wait until the last minute to carve 1) because we're lame and 2) so the pumpkins don't rot. Btw, we used our brand new pumpkin gutter yesterday! Worked like a charm! Thanks for the tip! :)

  2. We would love to come see them!! My kids will LOVE that. They think our 5 pumpkins are awesome. If you could email me the address I would really appreciate it! THanks!

  3. Yay, another thrifty blog=)
    Love these.Im a new follower=)

  4. I've heard before that rubbing vaseline on the inside of the carved pumpkin will keep it from rotting/shrinking/wilting/whatever!

    I don't know where you are, but I'm in Arkansas and we NEVER know what the October weather will bring. Some years, it's hot and humid and others it's cold & rainy. Those hot years make for some short-lived pumpkins!


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