19 October 2010

Prolonging the life of your jack o'lantern: the experiment!

via www.myscienceproject.org

Look familiar? Pumpkin carving is one task that benefits from a little procrastination -- carve your jack o'lanterns too early and they will be a fuzzy, moldy mess by Halloween.

We have a hack for preserving your pumpkins -- Vaseline -- but MyScienceProject.org actually put a number of methods to the test. Read the full post for details.

This would be a great Halloween science experiment to conduct with your kids. Thanks for the pointer, Chris!

More: Best of Parent Hacks: Easy Halloween tips

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Sprinkling cinnamon all over the inside and cut areas also works really well and smells great too.

See that's what I was told too, but then when we did it last year it seemed to rot faster. I blamed it on a bad pumpkin but after reading those experiments I wondered if the cinnamon did our in.

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