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Woman's World - - News -

Carv­ing a pump­kin cer­tainly gets you in the Hal­loween spirit…un­til you see your hard work go to waste when it starts to sag a few days later. The se­cret to keep­ing your jack in­tact? “Cut a hole in the bot­tom of the pump­kin in­stead of the top,” re­veals Michael Natiello, who over­sees the carv­ing of 10,000 gourds a year as cre­ative di­rec­tor for The Great Jack O’ Lan­tern Blaze in Sleepy Hol­low, New York. Pump­kins cut from the top tend to cave in on them­selves, while cut­ting a hole in the base (and dis­card­ing it) keeps the gourd’s walls stable. Also smart: Rub a dab of pe­tro­leum jelly on cut ar­eas. This cre­ates a seal on the ex­posed flesh, ward­ing off rot.

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