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Ready to take your pumpkin carving to the next level? Once you’ve pick out your design and carved out your masterpiece, there are a few ways to make your jack-o-lantern pop. Here’s how to add some neat effects to your carved pumpkin and help it stay fresh longer.
Nothing ruins a great jack-o-lantern like mold. If you prep your pumpkin too early, it could be rotting by Halloween, so it’s important to use a few preservation techniques. Use those silica gel packets that come in shoeboxes to keep your pumpkin fresh longer. It will absorb moisture, staving off the rot temporarily. However, this method will dry your pumpkin out, which will make it look a little rough. To keep the mold away while keeping the pumpkin well-hydrated, spray a mixture of one tablespoon of bleach in one quart of water on the inside of your carved pumpkin and on any exposed edges to kill bacteria. After leaving the solution to work its magic for 20 minutes, slather petroleum jelly on all of the cut edges and the carved inside to seal in the moisture. If you keep the jack-o-lantern cool and out of direct sunlight, it could last up to a week.
Open flames are so old school. Use LED candles so you don’t have a fire hazard. You won’t have to watch your pumpkin as closely, plus it will still flicker like a real candle and give off a warm glow. They are available at dollar stores and craft stores and will last much longer into the night than any trick-or-treater. If you want to wow visitors with some unexpected lighting colors, put a glowstick into your jack-o-lantern. The glow should last for the night and will be bright enough to be seen in the dark. If you are taking photos of your pumpkin and want it to look professional, you’ll need some artificial light. The pros use an electric light, but if you can’t position a bulb and cords, consider using a flashlight.
For some extra-creepy effects, put dry ice inside your jack-o-lantern so that it will spew fog. Dry ice tends to stay low, so keep in mind that it will probably only come out of the mouth, not the eyes. Pour hot water into a glass with a cup of salt, then place the glass into your pumpkin. Carefully drop two or three pieces of dry ice into the glass, keeping in mind never to touch it with your bare skin (it’ll give you instant frostbite). Put the lid on the pumpkin and watch the magic happen. Review dry ice safety tips before handling it so that you don’t end up with any real injuries (on Halloween, you should only have faux injuries created with makeup!)
Your carving skills have improved since you were little, so improve how you treat, light, and present your jack-o-lantern to look like a pumpkin pro this year.