Halloween Safety and Pumpkin Preservation Tips

You may be have seen the grocery stores lined with pumpkins and you're probably really excited to pick out your plump orange gourd and get your carve on. But a voice in the back of your head is saying, "Too soon! It's too soon!" Ignore that voice and get wrist deep in pumpkin seeds worry free by following these tips:

Little buggers and protozoan go for the organic matter as soon as it gets cut, oxygen and dehydration set in all contributing to the phenomenon known as pumpkin rot. 

To save your pumpkin first sterilize the carved surfaces, then seal and dry it out. 

Here are the simple steps:

Remove dirt: Wipe the exterior surfaces of the pumpkin clean using a damp cloth.
Make a bleach solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach (typical brand name "Clorox) per quart of water and put it in a spray bottle.
Spray the pumpkin inside and all cut areas of the pumpkin with the solution.  
Let it penetrate and dry for about 20 minutes
Next, rub all of the carved or cut surfaces with petroleum jelly. This will keep out new bacteria and molds as well as dramatically reduce the dehydration!
Wipe away excess with a paper towel.

Now, keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight and try to keep it as cool as possible (but above freezing!) 

And, this just in from the city of Newburgh Police Chief Michael Ferrara: 2013 Halloween Safety Recommendations

Costume Safety: 

  • Use make up or face paint instead of masks, but if masks are used, make sure that they fit properly and have holes large enough for mouth and eyes
  • Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant
  • Wear light colored clothing at night, short enough to prevent tripping
  • Add reflective tape or reflectors to dark colored costumes
  • Make props such as magic wands and swords out of cardboard rather than metal or wood



Trick or Treat Safety:


  • Give and accept wrapped or packaged candy only
  • Have children bring treats home for adult inspection before they are eaten
  • Accompany small and elementary school age children when they are trick –or- treating and send older children in groups
  • Go out during daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay
  • Have children stay within the neighborhood: try to visit homes you are familiar with
  • Look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing
  • Cross at corners, not between cars or mid block

The City of Newburgh Police Department wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Halloween.