Halloween may be over, but you can still incorporate pretty pumpkins that haven't been carved or cut into your fall and Thanksgiving decor--you just need to know how to keep them from rotting before the month is over. After you've chosen a pumpkin that's free of blemishes and rotted spots, and still has a stem attached, follow these steps to preserve it.1. Wash pumpkin with a solution of 1 gallon of water and 1 tablespoon of bleach.
2. Spray a gloss sealant all over the pumpkin, including the stem, to help it maintain its shape and keep it from rotting. NOTE: If you plan to paint your pumpkin or add deco foil or anything like that, do it before you spray with the sealant.
3. Keep it out of the direct sunlight, because, as you know, the sun naturally speeds the ripening/rotting process.