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NEWORLEANS - Over 1,000 pumpkins are being used as part of an extravagant display for this year's Boo at the Zoo celebration.

Much of the work is spear-headed by master pumpkin carver Luis Colmenares.

He joined us Thursday with more on the display and with some tips on carving your pumpkin at home:

  1. Wash excess dirt from pumpkin exterior with water.
  2. Clean as much as possible out of the interior of the pumpkin. Be sure to remove all pulp and seeds.
  3. Carve your design either freehand or using a template placed over the pumpkin. Be mindful that the deeper you cut, the more light will shine through your pumpkin. Carve in degrees to obtain a three-dimensional look.
  4. Put 2 teaspoons of bleach in a large container of water (or sink) that will fit the pumpkin. Then soak the pumpkin for 2 hours. Remove from the water and pat dry.
  5. Cover any carved areas with Vaseline to prevent mold and to keep the pumpkin hydrated.

Brenda Walkenhorst was also in the studio with details on this final weekend of Boo at the Zoo.

You can spend Halloween at the Insectarium on Wednesday.The Crawloween Infestivities are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. All activities are included in general admission cost.

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