From squash skulls to pumpkin owls, there's no end to the squash-tastic creations you can make to celebrate Halloween. But that excitement quickly fades as you watch the pumpkin that took you forever to carve wither away on your porch. It's inevitable that your pumpkins will rot, but we've rounded up some handy tips that will keep your crafty carvings intact for longer. First, make sure you're buying a gourd from a local pumpkin patch. Since it's grown on-site, it will be spared from any damage it would have experienced in shipping. Second, make sure whichever gourd you pick is firm. If you feel any soft spots, the rotting process will start sooner rather than later (if it hasn't started already).