This is my son’s Jack-O-Lantern from last year. We carved our pumpkins a day before Halloween last year. I tried a trick I had heard about to keep the pumpkin from shriveling up. I took this picture on November 7th. That is right our Jack-O-Lanterns lasted from October 30th till November 7th!
What did we do? I smeared white petroleum jelly all over the cut edges. I didn’t coat the entire inside just the cuts we made. At the point that I took this picture our pumpkin had white fluffy mold growing on the inside so you wouldn’t want to cut it a full week before Halloween but this method will certainly make this less of a last minute event.
Anjeanette here. I know this may be no big deal to those of you in much cooler areas. But here in Arizona, our Jack-o-lanterns have very short life times (a day or two is all). I'm totally doing this with our Jack o lanterns this year. Thanks Katrina!