Halloween is just a little over a week away, so its time to start thinking about (or at least getting the kids to agree on) the type of jack-o-lantern we (they) want to have.
In Florida, carved pumpkins do not last long in the heat compared with our neighbors to the north.
Mold and decay can begin to set-in in as little as three days if left outside in the Florida sun.
Despite all the home remedies that circulate about how to preserve a pumpkin, its best to not apply anything to the pumpkin to try to preserve it because home remedies could result in a fire hazard or dangerous fumes when a candle is placed inside.
Probably one of the most visited pumpkin carving pattern websites is Disney Characters
If you want to add a touch of Florida to your jack-o-latern, half an orange, scoop out the flesh, and incorporate the rind halves into your character on the outside of your pumpkin.
If you want to add a touch of space coast to your pumpkin, the old NASA worm logo is can be carved just as it looks.
When searching for a particular character or pumpkin style, do a Google image search rather than a web search (It will lead you to what you want faster than going through website after website).