Wily as a coyote (fourcorners) wrote in thequestionclub,
Wily as a coyote

Question: how long do pumpkins usually last after being carved?

I've carved a few pumpkins through my life and they always seemed to be able to go days after Halloween, but last Thursday I carved one, Friday it sat there, and I didn't see it again until Sunday, but it had collapsed in on itself, a victim of decay and hastily-grown mold, and was mushy and soft to the touch. It lay in a puddle of pumpkin juice. I've never seen a Jack-o-lantern decay so rapidly before, where one day it's solid and gourd-like, and the next, squishy and in advanced stages of decomposition. Has this happened to you, where the rot occurs so quickly like that? Or was my experience somehow an anomaly?

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