When I was little, carving pumpkins and decorating for fall and Halloween was a big deal at our house! My dad was the master carver and his creations were known around the neighborhood. I would always get so excited for the night a few days before Halloween when we would light a fire and Dad would teach us his tricks.
If your family loves fall decorating just as much, you’ll want to preserve your pumpkins so you can enjoy them as long as possible. The best way to do this is clean them! Make a simple bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) and put it in a spray bottle. Spray your pumpkins all over before carving and then give them a light spray every other day or so. (NOTE: Please only use this trick for decorating pumpkins that you will not be eating.) The bleach kills off the bacteria that would otherwise rot the pumpkin faster, allowing you to enjoy your holiday decor a bit longer! Happy Fall and Halloween! ~Cortnee