Christian Pumpkin Carving for Halloween

Updated on December 3, 2016
Jesus and Christian fish pumpkins.
Jesus and Christian fish pumpkins. | Source

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 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 page I've linked to 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.

Church Template

Church pumpkin stencil.
Church pumpkin stencil.

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.

Jesus and Heart

Name of Jesus stencil.
Name of Jesus stencil. | Source
Jesus pumpkin carved by KAB.
Jesus pumpkin carved by KAB. | Source

Cross of Light

Cross of Light stencil.
Cross of Light stencil. | Source
Christian Cross carved pumpkin.
Christian Cross carved pumpkin. | Source

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)
  • Savior of Men
  • White Dove
  • Flying Dove
  • Noah's Ark
  • The Last Supper
  • Come Unto Me
  • Gethsemane
  • Nativity
  • Christian Fish Jesus
  • Christian Fish Peace
  • Christian Fish, What Would Jesus Do?
  • Raising the Daughter of Jarius
  • Let the Children Come Unto Me

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega stencil
Alpha and Omega stencil

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God is Love

God is Love pattern.
God is Love pattern. | Source

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:

Christian Fish (Ichthys)

Christian Fish (Ichthys)

Christian Fish (Ichthys) pattern.
Christian Fish (Ichthys) pattern. | Source
Christian fish jack-o-lantern.
Christian fish jack-o-lantern. | Source

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.

Blood of Christ

Jesus's blood stencil.
Jesus's blood stencil.

Jesus is the Light

Jesus is the Light pumpkin stencil.
Jesus is the Light pumpkin stencil.

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.

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.

John 3:16

John 3:16 pumpkin stencil.
John 3:16 pumpkin stencil.

Trinity Symbol

Trinity Symbol stencil.
Trinity Symbol stencil.

Expertly Carved Religious Pumpkins

Jesus Optical Illusion

Jesus optical illusion stencil.
Jesus optical illusion stencil.

Communion Chalice

Chalice stencil.
Chalice stencil.


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    • DorkablyDesigned profile image

      DorkablyDesigned 4 years ago

      Definitely doing this! SO AWESOME!

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      klbhokie 4 years ago

      This is such a great idea. I really like the Christian fish and cross stencil. What a great way to glorify God.

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      Mommie-Moola 4 years ago

      These are good options for kids that might otherwise miss out on celebrating Halloween.

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      Rick King 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      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.

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      24hourdentist 4 years ago

      You could use the Catholic design of Jesus hanging on the cross. Combines Christian symbolism with all the traditional bloody fun of Halloween!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like these ideas. I never seen anything like this. I will be making some of them this year. My landlords are Christian people and I think they will enjoy them.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I will share this page with our church youth group

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Awesome patterns! Sharing this with friends from church.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I love these carving patterns and the message they present. A perfect way to light up the world. Thank you!

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      kiratalley 5 years ago

      This is a great idea, we do many "fall festivals" for kids so that they don't have to be on the street and this is a good way to get them involved.

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      christianstores 5 years ago

      Nice, I love all your pumpkin designs! Very nice carvings & creativity!

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      poorwendy lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. I never thought about carving anything but the traditional Halloween decors. These bring up more options in the future.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: If you have a photo, I'd love to see it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did the Jesus in the light! It turned out great! Thanks for this:)

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      lshields lm 5 years ago

      Love the Christain carvings great idea, usually don't crave, but if I did it would be with something like this. Great lens

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      Quick Tip: Carve the Jesus stencil on the front, then a cross in the back. The cross will shine on the wall, assuming there is one behing the pumpkin. Extremely pleased to see some folks make Halloween work for them instead of shutting it down. Blessed. Don't worry, pagan germs don't rub off. ;)

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      carol18 5 years ago

      I have to say it is really a nice lens, great ideas...

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I went to a church school and when some of the girls wanted to put on a party for Halloween we weren't allowed to as it was seen as a Pagan celebration.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Dude...get over it and stop the legalism. Its the mentality that you have that keep people away from the love of Jesus. Maybe you should rethink some things. I guess you don't celebrate Christmas with a tree either? Just sad...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @olmpal: We have been putting Christian messages in our pumpkins for years and have received such positive feedback. It is refreshing. One if our favorite things to do is use 4 pumpkins. We carve a cross into one and then we carve "the Way" into one, "the Truth" into the third, and "the Life" into the fourth. Looks beautiful and is a great way to share the truth of Christ in a fun way.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @JLRodriguez: Halloween is just another opportunity just like any other day to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and let His light shine in a dark world. We can use concepts that have been added into the tradition of Halloween to convey the truth of Gis love for all of us. It is a very far stretch to say that because a Christian carves a pumpkin and hands out candy to children in Galloween has fully embraced and celebrates the origins of Halloween. We are called to be a Light to the world not turn our backs on the world once Christ saves us.

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      SecondSally 5 years ago

      What a neat idea!

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      love the Christian Pumpkin Carving Paterns,

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Every year we do several detailed pumpkins. In 2010 we did our first Jesus pumpkin. It received the majority of praise and NO negative comments. We plan to always incorporate these designs into our yearly carvings. Thanks! :)

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      That is a different idea and I love the Christian Pumpkin Carving Patterns!

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      sailor_man 5 years ago

      This is one of the most wonderful lenses

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @JLRodriguez: for me it's the prefect time to share God's love along with candy and christian reading materials.

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      Howcanigetagirl 5 years ago

      This is indeed different...... I've always just carved scary faces (or sometimes happy) into pumpkins.....don't know what my kids would make of this. Interesting lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @kerbev: Thanks for sharing this page just what we needed. Much appreciated and we make sure Jesus is with us and and in everything we do we would rather see these kinds of pumpkin than blood and gore

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      treehousebrando1 5 years ago

      Christianity and Halloween are an interesting mix.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      You've inspired me . . . I haven't carved a pumpkin since I was a kid. My 4 year old son wants to make "a scary Jack-o-lantern" this year, but maybe I can compromise with him by using one of these ideas!

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      Ian Hutson 5 years ago

      Seeing one of these outside a house would truly, truly terrify me.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @JLRodriguez: 73% of Americans identify themselves as Christians (source). Wouldn't it suck if 73% of the houses didn't have candy. Pagans/Wiccans make up less than 1%. How much would the kids enjoy knocking on 100 doors before getting a Kitkat? Christians DO celebrate Halloween. "Christians" aren't the crazy funeral protesters that the media might make them out to be. They are your next door neighbors.

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      JLRodriguez 5 years ago

      I know this question may be a bit controversial but, does it really make sense for Christians to celebrate Halloween? I'll leave the explanation to your imagination.

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      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well said.

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      @kerbev: I love your comment about ALW making JC a Superstar, not Christians. Brilliant! Do what you like with a pumpkin, it's your pumpkin!

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: Wrong. True Christians do not judge other Christians.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      True Christians do not carve pumpkins or take part in spiritualism of Halloween.

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      JennyBentle 5 years ago

      Love some of the ideas that you posted here. I'll share with my children!

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: PumpkinGlow has one here:

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love these pumpkins...I am looking for a template with Jesus' face on it. My 8 year old wants him on his pumpkin. I have had no luck so far...If you have one I will surely download it. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @kerbev: Amen... tell it like it is!!!

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @nicks44: I do mind, because it's rude.

      You're right that People do love Halloween. It's a holiday that is nothing like it's original roots - much like many other holidays are. Today Halloween is dressing up, getting candy, and carving pumpkins. Millions of Christian families celebrate Halloween.

      I think this is a great idea for a church youth group or Sunday School to do as a fun activity. It's silly for a church to ignore the fact that it's Halloween and that's what the kids are thinking about, so they can use it instead. It is also nice for Christian families who want to share their faith. If you don't like the pumpkin in their window, then walk on to the next house. Why put Jesus into it? Why not?

      Also, Christian's didn't make Jesus Christ a superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber did.

      Don't sigh at my beliefs and I won't sigh at the lack of yours.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That is so awesome and neat -- thank you for sharing!

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Now I do hope you won't mind me for saying this, but why do you do this ? I mean Christianity isn't a bloody thing you carve into a damn pumpkin that you use to celebrate a heathen holiday ... Everyone loves Halloween now, I mean at least in the west, but why put Jesus too in it? Isn't it enough they made Him a "superstar" ... *sigh*

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @skybluesam1: If you use one, please send me a photo!

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      skybluesam1 5 years ago

      Thanks for the templates will look forward to using them when I come round to carving my pumpkin :).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the free templates. God Bless!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Love this lens! You have some super ideas for celebrating a Christ-centered Halloween. I especially like the "Cross of Light" pattern. ~angel blessed

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      CreativeExpress 5 years ago

      I love the fact that you have incorporated Christianity into pumpkin carving. What an awesome idea!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love these patterns. They're good for the whole harvest season and a wonderful witnessing decoration.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      As a Christian, I do not celebrate halloween because of the scary themes. This is a positive way to use th season and an excellent idea for evangelization kab!

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      LucyMac LM 5 years ago

      Some interesting ideas, not for me though

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      DeboraR 5 years ago

      Great lens! I don't carve pumpkins but this makes me want to this year!

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      What a great idea! Thanks

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed these Christian carving ideas, thanks for sharing.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Seeing as both Halloween and Christianity are based on pagan rituals, I think they should go great together! Nice ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your lens! Great ideas for a Christ-centered fall activity!

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      I like the alternative choices that you have given. Nice designs.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      What a great idea!

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      bskcom 5 years ago

      I love the Christian theme you applied to the pumpkin carving process!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Such a lovely alternative to pumpkin carving. Lovely designs.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Great ideas here. I love being able to do something like this for Halloween!

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      sans300 6 years ago

      Really very interesting. Did not think about this!

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      Iain84 6 years ago

      Fantastic stuff! Although I found this a little late - there's always room for next year! Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We put up a big plastic sheet with "Happy Harvest Day," and carve a cross with light beams on tall pumpkins which show up great in the dark! Usually type up a gospel msg. to go with and dress up. We have over 200 kids in our subdivision which we enjoy. This year I will do your fish & cross, I love it! Thx & luv!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks a million for your carving suggestions. Our family love to carve Christian pumpkins and needed new ideas. It's become our family tradition and a testament that the message of Christ can be seen on a day used to celebrate evil.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you sooooooooooo much for this post. For years I have looked for a way to connect Christ to our pumpkin (if my husband had his way we wouldn't observe this day at all). We have always made happy pumpkins and all our costumes are happy and friendly characters. Great links to the children's poems as well! What a great way to display the Lord's Light on the darkest night of the year :)

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Cool idea. Just did some carving with my sons and grandsons. 3 generations carving don't get much better than that. Nice lens.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      I am a Christian and though have always made a point of keeping my pumpkins smiling, it never occurred to me to do something like children are grown, but the kid at heart may just want to do this sometime for the children that come to the door. I absolutely love this!

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: 1 Pumpkin? It seems to me you'd need 7!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have been given the challage of carving a pumpkin in showing some form of the creation for our world. Any ideas on how i can make this happen, any stenciles you guys know of?

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      Featured at Halloween Forgotten and blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

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      Pastor Kay 6 years ago

      The church stencil is just great! I'll have to encourage some of these around our church.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      What a great idea ... I like the chalice very much!

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      TZiggy 6 years ago

      That is a very interesting concept to put Christian Halloween carvings on a pumpkin. I bet they can really turn out great.

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      Carol 6 years ago from Arkansas

      Great lens. I loved it. We don't celebrate Halloween and have never been sure how to use this American holiday for the glory of God!

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 7 years ago

      Holy jack o lanterns, perfect! :)

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      ronpass lm 7 years ago

      Fascinating perspective on pumpkin carving - a Christian view.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Some great ideas here for the whose wish to include God in the Halloween celebration. Gotta say it wasn't something I had thought of before. Really great.

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      encouragingwords 7 years ago

      We need more lenses like yours -- featured in Pumpkin Plates to Put You in the Mood for Fall.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you for finding a fun alternative for Christians to enjoy with their pumpkins! :D

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      Shelly Sellers 7 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Love the page! We also love the book The Pumpkin Parable & all the kid's books by Liz Curtis Higgs :) Thumbs up!

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Wonderful ideas for alternative pumpkin carvings! And a good way to remind us who sends us those great pumpkins!