It's October 1 today and there is going to be a lot of talk about Halloween during the next few weeks. The stores are going to be full of decorations and you'll be seeing pumpkins lining the shelves and filling the bins at your local North West Calgary grocery store. If you're a Halloween lover, you may have your sights on decorating early to get the mood set for the upcoming holiday. You may even be considering getting your pumpkin soon!
The best time to buy a pumpkin
Most pumpkins will last 3 to 4 weeks if you keep them in the shade and not exposed to sunlight. This is assuming that the skin on the pumpkin is intact without any cuts or bruises appearing on it.
Carving the pumpkin
Once you have broken the skin on the pumpkin you have set the clock moving on when it will start to rot. Carving should never be done any longer than 2 to 3 days before the big day. In fact, carving the day before will ensure a fresher looking pumpkin on Halloween night.
Of course, if you want your pumpkin to look a little shriveled and worse for the wear, for an added effect, start carving it out on the third day before Halloween in Discovery Hills. The pumpkin may start growing a little mold and appear fuzzy for an added dramatic effect.
Preserving a pumpkin
There are chemicals available that you can use to preserve the look of your carving if you have to do it ahead of time. These can be purchased at retail stores or you may want to use a homemade method for preserving your pumpkin that's less expensive. If you put petroleum jelly in a thin layer on all the surfaces that have been cut, except for the surface, you'll be able to prevent mold build-up for up to 7 to 10 days.
A lot of the pumpkins that you see in the grocery stores will sit there for the next few weeks anyway, so if you're determined to get into the mood quickly for Halloween there's no problem buying one soon. Just make sure that you purchase one that is intact, keep it in the shade and don't carve it until closer to Halloween night unless you plan on preserving it to help keep it fresh.