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Pumpkin-carving tips and combating pumpkin mold: Do you have a tip to share?

Posted by Kristi Palma  October 23, 2012 08:28 AM

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Want to learn how to keep your jack-o'-lantern from growing mold before its debut on Halloween?

All you need is some hairspray and bleach, according to The DIY Network.

Soak your pumpkin in bleach before or after carving and then spray the carved openings with aerosol hairspray to ward off mold. Worried your pumpkin will smell yucky after all that? To keep your pumpkin smelling great, just dust some cinnamon or nutmeg on the underside of your pumpkin's lid.

Of course, another way to keep your pumpkins from getting moldy is by using foam pumpkins instead.

Get tips in the above video for carving faces into foam or using cut-outs to make lively pumpkin people. And you can still get that jack-o'-lantern glow in a safe way by using battery-operated candles.

Do you have a pumpkin-carving tip? How do you combat pumpkin mold? Do you use foam pumpkins?

Share a photo of your jack-o'-lantern with us!

And check out these jack-o'-lanterns submitted by readers (left to right) iPumpkin by Mary Ellen of Norwood, Muppets by Sharon of West Yarmouth, and Bruins by Parker of Newton Center.

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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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