A couple of years ago, my crazy brother-in-law got us all addicted to carving awesome characters into pumpkins. It was fun while to see the final product, but it was frustrating at the same time. Even though they looked cool for a day or 2 they would eventually go bad and you couldn’t tell what your character had been. So last year I decided to find a way to keep my pumpkins looking fresh for longer. This is the best one I had heard and found that it made the pumpkins last 4-6 days longer (depending on how detailed the pumpkin was carved).
First you want to get a big bucket and make a bleach solution. 1 teaspoon of bleach for every gallon of water used. Once you have carved your pumpkin, soak it in the solution for 8 hours. Make sure the pumpkin is completely covered with the solution. Then daily after that take the mild bleach solution put it in a spray bottle and spray the pumpkin everyday after. This helps hydrate and keep the pumpkin fresh.