Photo: My Sweet Savanah
- Know what design you want to carve before buying your pumpkin so that you have a mental picture of what shape and size would work best.
- When picking a pumpkin, make sure the color is even throughout and there are minimal scratches and bruises as they can shorten the lifespan of the pumpkin.
- Never carry the pumpkin by its stem.
- The whole cut around the stem should be approximately 2/3 the circumference of the pumpkin and cut at an inward angle to keep the lid from falling through.
- Use a crayon or poke small holes to mark your design before carving.
- A votive candle placed in a glass holder is safer and will last longer than a candle without a holder. White candles give off the most light.
- Carved pumpkins can last up to a week if left untreated. There are pumpkin preservers you can buy at the store, but petroleum jelly works great as well to keep in the moisture and prevent mold. Just rub the jelly on the inside and the carved areas.