The best way to preserve your carved pumpkin -- bleach water and petroleum jelly days) Another tip: If you place a lit candle inside your pumpkin be sure to coat the lid with ground cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. It makes for a great smell!
Pumpkin decorating: Thin soldering wire, needle nose pliers, twist and there you go! (don't make the holes with the wire, use a thin screwdriver). Add some beads for fun. Save the decorations, you can reuse them next year!