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Most people hollow out a pumpkin before they make a Jack 'O' Lantern.
No my plan was just to paint on it without carving it out.
Okay. Then I see no problem.
All vegetables rot when they have been cut from the vine or taken off the stock. If they are kept at a steady refrigerated temperature they may last a bit longer but the normal is for warmer days and colder nights which would decrease it's life.
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Please LISTEN to everyone above. You could harm yourself and your family if you eat the meat from a pumpkin that's been sitting around unrefrigerated for, say, five days. Don't forget the insects that have tromped thru it! Not a good idea at all