Here are a few tips on how to keep your pumpkin looking great throughout the Halloween season.
Choose Your Pumpkin: Avoid any pumpkins with bruises, soft areas, cuts or other visible blemishes.
Keep it Cool: Remember warm weather and hot sunlight can speed up the decay of your pumpkin. Try to keep your pumpkin in a cool, dry place.
Carving Tips: Before you begin carving your pumpkin, wash your hands well with warm soapy water or a disinfecting hand sanitizer. Make sure your carving tools are clean and wipe the outside of the pumpkin with bleach before making the first cut. Some people suggest soaking the whole pumpkin in a bleach & water solution before and after carving to keep mold from growing.
Lights: Cut a hole on the top of the pumpkin to allow heat to escape. Keep in mind, heat from candles and electric light bulbs contribute to early decay of pumpkins. If you are planning on keeping it lit for more than one night, consider using a battery-operated candle or small flashlight instead of a candle.