How to Carve & Store Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkins – one of the quintessential symbols of Halloween. But how do you store and prepare your spookiest pumpkins this Halloween? In this post, we share some tips for best keeping and preparing your Halloween pumpkins.

Storing Pumpkins

  • Pick the right pumpkin. Choose pumpkins that are fresh and firm. Avoid picking ones that have any bruises/soft areas/cuts/other blemishes.
  • Wait until Halloween to carve your pumpkin. Keeping your pumpkins fresh & uncut will maintain their freshness for quite a while, however once cut, they can quickly decompose.
  • Store it properly. Warm water and hot sunlight can speed aging and rotting. Store your pumpkins (cut and uncut) in a cool, dry place to keep them fresh longer. But be aware, freezing temperatures are just as harmful as heat.
  • Cut the bottom, not the top. Unlike many jack o’lanterns you might see, cutting a circle around the pumpkin’s stem to create a lid is not the way to do it. Try cutting a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin and removing this piece instead. When you want to light you jack o’lantern, light a candle and place the pumpkin over the candle, this way moisture that usually collects at the bottom will rise and in turn, increase the life of your pumpkin.
  • Spray treatment. Slowing down the process of the pumpkin deteriorating is the aim when you want to carve AND keep your pumpkin at its best. One of the best ways to do so is applying a spray treatment. Fill a spray bottle with a bleach solution (one tbsp bleach to about 9 litres of water) and spray the interior and exterior with the bleach solution. Once it dries the bleach solution kills bacteria that causes mould. Alternatively, you can use peppermint oil, which is basically the non-toxic version of the bleach solution – good for if you have kids or pets around.
  • Apply petroleum jelly. Apply all cut edges of the pumpkin, as well as the interior, with petroleum jelly. This is a cheap way to not only extend the life of the pumpkin, but keep it moist too. 
  • Last minute fix. If you’ve realised you cut your pumpkin too early and it’s already starting to rot, there’s a way to revive it just in time for Halloween – soak it in a bucket of cool water for a few hours and then drain it. This is a last minute, quick fix that’ll plump up your pumpkin for a while. 

Pumpkin Carving

Here are some ideas:

  • Flower Moon Pumpkin. Paint your pumpkin black (real or not) and use chalk to draw an outline of a crescent moon. Then use an awl punch (like this) to punch holes within the moon shape you drew. Then wipe away the chalk outline and poke fake flowers in the hotels.
  • Creepy Crawlers. You can certainly liven up a Halloween party with this creepy crawly pumpkin. Bend some pipe cleaners to resemble a hairy tarantua’s legs when attached to mini pumpkins.
  • Lollipop Pumpkins. Similar to the flower pumpkin, using an awl to punch a few holes in the sides of your pumpkin but stick some lollipops into the holes instead. A popular hit with the kids.
  • Zombie Grin. The traditional Halloween carved pumpkin – carve a lopsided smile and add those weird, googly eyeballs to create an animated pumpkin face. 
  • Zombie Skeletons. Take your traditional Halloween pumpkin heads to the next level by creating a skeletal body with another pumpkin acting as the torso. You can even add a bowtie to illustrate the neck and use chalk to draw a skeletal torso.


So there you go, Happy Halloween from all of us at Brisk Fridge Truck Rental. Have fun celebrating!