I love everything weird and colorful in this world, and I try to live a life that will make the world a little better once I'm gone.
Halloween is a holiday often taken over by the scary and ghoulish, but that should not deter Christian families from carving pumpkins. Pumpkin carving is a fun project for all ages, and it can actually be used to promote your family's values and Christian ministry. This year, consider carving a pumpkin that will spread God's Word to those who see it.
This project is also great for church youth groups or Sunday school classes to decorate the church for Halloween.
I have made some Christian-themed templates that you can use as stencils. At the end of the article, I've mentioned some other great sites that also offer free stencils.
How to Print
If these templates are too small or too big for the pumpkin you have, it's easy to adjust the size when you print them.
On an Apple computer, using Preview, Mac OS's default image-viewing program:
- Right-click on the image and select Save Image As . . .
- Open the image, either in your Downloads folder or in the downloads section of your web browser.
- Select File, and Print. If you don't see the option to change the scale, select Show Details.
- Here, you can change the orientation and scale of the image to make it bigger or smaller.
In Windows, you can also make some adjustments before printing. If this does not work, you can download GIMP or Photoshop and easily scale images.
This church pumpkin is a great one to make for decorating your church. It would look nice on the steps or on a table inside. If your church passes anything out to trick-or-treaters, it is nice to have something like this shining in the doorway.
Christian Fish (Ichthys)
When I carved this one, I decided to not cut the cross shape all the way through the pumpkin. Instead, I just scraped the outer layer of pumpkin skin from it, so it glows more softly than the rest. I love this effect.
Some pumpkins may not be able to support the suspended area inside the fish. This problem is especially likely if you shrink the design to fit a smaller pumpkin. Inserting a toothpick will quickly solve this, or you can amend the design to add more support.
Jesus Is the Light
When cutting this stencil into your pumpkin, start with the figure of Jesus, and cut out the ring of light last. This will give you more stability when you are working.
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For the beams and arch of light, you can cut them through the pumpkin or just scrape the hard skin off but leave the flesh. This will allow the light to shine through softly and create an interesting effect.
More Templates for Christian-Themed Pumpkins
Christian Outreach Ideas for Halloween
Consider using Halloween as a chance to reach out to the community on behalf of your church. At your home, or even at the church, have special treat bags ready for the trick-or-treaters that can help spread the Word of God. A lot of kids can't have candy, or will already be getting enough on Halloween, so consider handing out Halloween candy alternatives instead.
- The American Bible Society makes children's bookmarks that would be great to include with other treats.
- Check your local Bible bookstore for cheap novelty items like pencils and toys that kids might like.
If you do hand out candy, you can also include a Christian message with it. Here are some examples:
Sunday School Lessons Using Pumpkins
- Annie's "Halloween Lesson for Kids" Page
Jack-o-lantern Object Lesson
- How a Christian is like a Pumpkin
"It's like being a pumpkin: God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you may have gotten from the other pumpkins. Then he cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed,
- Like A Halloween Pumpkin
A Devotion for the Halloween Season
More Patterns by Pumpkinglow
Pumpkinglow offers several UN-Halloween Christian Pumpkin Carving Pattern Stencils for free on their website. The stencils include:
- Christian Fish with Cross (in photo above)
- Savior of Men
- White Dove
- Flying Dove
- Noah's Ark
- The Last Supper
- Come Unto Me
- Christian Fish Jesus
- Christian Fish Peace
- Christian Fish, What Would Jesus Do?
- Raising the Daughter of Jarius
- Let the Children Come Unto Me
Expertly Carved Religious Pumpkins
Do You Carve Christ-Centered Pumpkins?
Penny Horn on October 30, 2018:
I think this is a better alternative to halloween. Me and people from my church agree that there is notjing wrong with christian pumpkins. This way it doesnt glorify Halloween. God created pumpkins, after spiritual problems i decided that anything remotely witchy was not for me, so i decided to give it up completely. The church i had joined held a light party and a Christian pumpkin carving competition. I was delighted, because God created the world and everything in it to glorify him, & theres no reason we shouldnt have fun with His creation, but in the right way.i done some pretty awesome christian carvings and did one for our local church, everyones eyes popped out when i took it in because its a church of england church, but they agreed with the idea. What we need is a change from dark to light. Halloween scares children, and old people get scared of people coming to the front door, it was a worry for me with my elderly parents. What we need is a good autumn celebration with the spirit of God at the centre.
DorkablyDesigned on October 28, 2013:
Definitely doing this! SO AWESOME!
klbhokie on October 22, 2013:
This is such a great idea. I really like the Christian fish and cross stencil. What a great way to glorify God.
Mommie-Moola on October 11, 2013:
These are good options for kids that might otherwise miss out on celebrating Halloween.
Rick King from Charleston, SC on September 29, 2013:
Great idea to inject a little more light into the darkness of Halloween. Its good for people to know that there are other fun options as well.
anonymous on September 28, 2013:
I was looking for a wholesome alternative to celebrating Halloween with my young grandchildren and found some of the ideas here to be helpful. Thank you!
Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on September 27, 2013:
Just came back to say hello and thanks for the lens. I'm a Christian that doesn't celebrate Halloween, but I do enjoy Fall and I have tons of pumpkins at my disposal. I love the ideas shared here for general Fall decorating, or for displaying an alternative message at Halloween time.
24hourdentist on September 22, 2013:
You could use the Catholic design of Jesus hanging on the cross. Combines Christian symbolism with all the traditional bloody fun of Halloween!
anonymous on September 17, 2013: