How to Keep Pumpkins from Molding After Carving

This is the time of year where we all love to carve our pumpkins with our kiddos.  The bummer is that once you carve a pumpkin it doesn’t last very long because the mold quickly takes over, especially here where I live where the temperature are still very warm. So today I’m going to show you a simple trick for how to keep pumpkins from molding after carving them.

I found this solution last year {I can’t remember where or else I would tell you} and I had to share it with you!  This is a very simple solution that will keep your pumpkins fresh and looking spooky!  So what’s the answer…

Those little silica gel packets that come in everything you buy: shoes, purses, etc.  I’ve been saving them this year so that when Halloween rolled around I could keep my pumpkins fresh.

First you’ll need to carve your pumpkin.  Malea wasn’t so sure what to think about all of the pumpkin “guts”!

When you’re done carving your pumpkin, place a candle inside.  I like to use a tea light in a glass tea light holder, to prevent any chance of a fire.

Next pull out your silica packets.

Toss them inside the pumpkin.  Make sure to keep them away from the candle so you don’t end up starting a fire.

Once you’re done put your pumpkin outside for all of the neighbors to enjoy!  Malea was very proud of her “square” pumpkin so she had to have her picture taken with it. {smile}


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  1. Interesting! I’ll have to see if I have any of those hanging around in my old shoe boxes.

  2. Great suggestion Anna!

  3. Oh my gosh what a fabulous tip! I always get so sad when my pumpkins mold so quickly and they are falling over by the time Halloween arrives. Thank you!

  4. Great tip!

  5. Great idea! I always hate to throw those things away, but never knew quite what to do with them. 🙂

  6. Great idea (and cute jack o lantern!).

  7. Awesome tip, Anna! We just carved pumpkins last night, so I’m off to round up our silica gel packets!


  8. Great tip – I always through those things out! Now I will start keeping them for this trick!

  9. I poured salt all through my pumpkin when I carved it and it lasted over 2 months without getting mushy, moldy, soggy, or anything. It looked just like I had carved it. The only thing I had to do was empty out the water that pooled in it once. Also, I kept it inside!! Too many pumpkin smashers around here to put it outside.

  10. Mimi Moseley says:

    Who would have thought those packets were good for something like this!