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WFMW ~ Christian Pumpkin Carving

I just loved Halloween when I was a child.  I loved the fall foliage, carving pumpkins, and dressing up in those cheap plastic costumes. Do you remember those ugly plastic costumes with those masks that would suffocate you??

Anyways, since becoming a Christian,  I have despised the evil paganism behind Halloween.  Last year, we took a new approach on Halloween and turned it into something that glorified Jesus Christ instead of ignoring it all together.  I will discuss our little ministry next Wednesday, so stay tuned.

For the last several years, we have carved our pumpkin together as a family.  Daddy always leads this little prayer during the carving process.

The Pumpkin Prayer

Dear God,
As I carve my pumpkin help me say this prayer:

Open my mind so I can learn about You;
(Cut the top of the pumpkin)

Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do.
(Clean out the inside)

Open my eyes so Your love I will see;
(Cut the eyes out in heart shapes)

I’m so sorry for turning up my nose to all you’ve given me.
(Cut a nose in the shape of a cross)

Open my ears so your word I will hear.
(Cut the ears shaped like the Bible)-we did rectangles

Open my mouth so I can tell others You’re near
(cut the mouth in the shape of a fish)

Let Your light shine in all I say and do! Amen.
(Place a candle inside and light it)

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Do you have any traditions you share with your family on Halloween to glorify the King?

Thanks We are that Family for hosting WFMW each week.

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  1. Stacey in Texas says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only one that feels this way about Halloween. Love your pumpkin carving idea!

  2. I have completely sworn off halloween (have a big post about it this Saturday) but this is something to consider….great idea!

  3. We feel the same way about halloween. We haven’t come to any ‘special’ things that we as a family will do, however we’re talking with some friends about planning a fall festival as a better option for families rather than participating in halloween! Cute idea carving pumpkins!

  4. We take a similar approach. God created all of the days of the week, including the day upon which Halloween falls. Why shouldn’t we take advantage of the opportunity to glorify God and to share His Good News with others? :)

    Love the pumpkin! :)

  5. Carolyn W. says:

    We don’t celebrate Halloween, because of what it is all about. My girls keep wanting to “trick or treat”, but my husband and I are firm that we will not go to people’s doors and threaten to cast a spell on them if they do not give us what we want. However, our church and our homeschool group both do harvest/fall festivals, and we do participate in those, as even the Bible says to celebrate the harvest. So, we let them dress up, but only as good things or people, and we glorify God on Oct 31 (and every day, but moreso that day) so that the devil does not get any joy from our family!

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