Yep, it’s that time of year again and I’ve searched the web high and low to bring you some of the best tips, tricks, and Halloween ideas that will make this Halloween season freaky awesome
I’ve broken the tips down into sections. Enjoy and please share!
Pumpkin Picking Tips
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1. Check your pumpkin for soft spots.
If the pumpkin is already a little soft in the pumpkin patch, even in a tiny area, it’s well on its way to rotting. That small soft spot will be a caved in pumpkin in a matter of days. You want a pumpkin with a nice hard body, no give when you press it gently, and even color.
2. Try to find a pumpkin with minimal blemishes.
Interesting marks and bumps on the surface of the pumpkin might lend character, but overall you want a blemish-free pumpkin to give you a clean slate to work on.
3. Sit the pumpkin on a flat surface to check stability.
Before taking a pumpkin home, check which side of it is the “bottom”—which isn’t always the side opposite the stem. Knowing how the pumpkin sits in the most stable position shows you what kind of surface you’ll have to carve and what shapes or patterns the pumpkin face will accept.
4. If possible, get pumpkins locally.
Picking from the local pumpkin patch is ideal. The pumpkin grew right across town from you, it hasn’t been transported or banged around in a semi-truck, and you carry it right home from the field.
Pumpkin Lighting & Carving Tips
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5. Light your pumpkin Easier By Making A Back Door
Here is a better way to slice a pumpkin, allowing you to light a candle without singeing off your arm hair.
6. Get Creative By Drilling Holes
You can make some pretty cool designs by just drilling a few holes. Poke straws through any holes that are still partially clogged.
7. Light Your Pumpkin With Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are a cheap way to get intense color. Don’t buy your glow sticks one at a time in Halloween-themed packs, however. They’re sold at a ridiculous markup around Halloween. Try your local dollar store or even online to snag them much much cheaper.
8. Use LED string Lights For An Exciting Twist
In my opinion, this is BY FAR the most exciting way to light a Jack-o-Lantern!! All you have to do is take a strand of 16 Function LED String Lights and place them in the pumpkin, still clustered up. Then you choose whichever setting you like, and watch as they dance to life! Click HERE to see a video of them in action!
9. Use Toothpicks as teeth for that extra creepy look
Pretty self-explanatory. Just stick as many toothpicks in the mouth area until you feel it is creepy enough. Much easier than carving out teeth too.
10. Get super creative with paint
I’m not quite sure what they used for the eyes but these are great aren’t they!?
Pumpkin Preservation Tips
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11. For maximum pumpkin life use Pumpkin Fresh Spray
Pumpkin Fresh Spray seems to be effective for inhibiting mold growth and slowing decay. It is also expensive, at $4.95 per bottle plus shipping (we went through nearly two bottles in two weeks, for a small pumpkin). Although the spray will extend your pumpkin’s life, the carving will show some shrinkage and age externally.
12. Another alternative is to add a small amount of bleach to a spray bottle filled with water.
Spray the pumpkin daily with the bleach mixture; the bleach fights mold while the water keeps the pumpkin from drying out too quickly.
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