This is a friendly public service announcement. Please, refrain from carving your pumpkins too soon. If you carve them too early, and they get rained or snowed on.....they will rot. They will rot very fast. You will then be forced to clean up a terrible, tragic mess and purchase replacement pumpkins. Your children will be very upset. The following photos illustrate just how important it is to WAIT to carve your pumpkins. This is especially true in areas that receive a lot of rain fall or early snows.
Here we see three innocent pumpkins that were covered in snow in an unexpected snow storm. The family spent a lot of time carefully carving these pumpkins and they looked amazing. Now, as they sit covered in the cold, wet snow, you cannot appreciate their awesomeness.
Now is the tragedy! After the snow melted, the pumpkins were greatly weakened and shriveled because of the heavy weight of the snow and the freezing temperatures. What was once a cute line of pumpkins depicting family members, is now a terrible scene. One pumpkin simply gave up and did the unthinkable.....pumpkincide. He's friends could only watch in horror.
Preserve your pumpkins. Avoid the same fate.
These pictures were taken last October. The snow hit us in the middle of the month about two weeks before Halloween. Our pumpkins had always lasted longer in the past. We didn't realize that it was going to snow so much, or we would have moved them. They looked so cool though. My dh has those pics. We are waiting a little longer this year to get our pumpkins. LOL. We've learned our lesson. Thanks for the great suggestions on how to keep pumpkins longer.