Jack-O-Lanterns were grown for this purpose. They have stiff walls, fibrous flesh that can stand up to being carved, and hollow cavities perfect for holding candles. There are several varieties that can also be carved. The Lumina is also fun to carve, the interior flesh is orange. When a candle is placed inside it gives off an eerie glow through its ghostly white skin.
KEEPING YOUR CARVED PUMPKIN LOOKING FRESH
- After you have carved your pumpkin, dip your fingertips in petroleum jelly or vegetable oil to coat the edges of your Jack-O-Lantern. If the design is intricate, use a cotton swab.
- Keep your carved pumpkin out of direct sunlight.
- Cover your pumpkin with a wet towel during the day.
- Keep it in a cool place during the day, such as a cool basement or cool garage.
- Place it in a bucket of water overnight.
- Add a teaspoon of bleach to a bucket of water and dip your pumpkin in it to inhibit mild growth, be careful you do not get it on your clothes!
- Spray your pumpkin with clear acrylic or hair spray, only if you do not intend to eat your pumpkin afterward!