Are you on the fence about carving your jack-o-lantern this early because you're afraid it will rot or dry out by Halloween?

Well, here are the tips I talked about this morning on how to make your pumpkin last longer.

DISINFECT IT - Wipe it with a solution of 1 cup chlorine bleach to 2 quarts water to eliminate mold and bacteria that cause decay.

OIL IT - Rub cut surfaces with vegetable oil to keep moisture in.

SCENT IT - Sprinkle cinnamon - a natural antiseptic - inside to prevent mold.

SPICE IT - Shake in some hot pepper to keep critters from feasting on your décor.

SHADE IT - Shield your pumpkin from direct sun to delay decay.

SOAK IT - Plump it up if it shrivels by immersing in a pot of cold water for an hour.

Happy Halloween!