Personally, I'm just not real crazy about Halloween, but when you have little kids you can't exactly ignore it all together. I was happy to discover The Pumpkin Patch Parable several years ago, when my children were quite small. It has become a "Halloween" tradition at our house.
It is the sweetly-illustrated story of a farmer who raises pumpkins. When harvest time comes he chooses just the right one to transform into a smiling jack'o'lantern. He pulls all the "ickiness" from the pumpkin's "heart" and then puts a light inside that shines out from the pumpkin's face. There are scriptures on each page that turn this simple story into an object lesson of the change Jesus makes when we allow him to take the sin out of our hearts and put His light within us.
So this week when my now-teen-age children were begging to carve a pumpkin, I got a nice big one for them to work on.
They carved a traditional happy face into it, and carefully washed the seeds for us to roast.
And yes, I dug out the book from their preschool years and read it to them again!
More happy pumpkins: Check out my friend Greg's blog to see the awesome pumpkins he and his family carved. And then pop over to We are THAT Family for a whole list of blogs who are posting their pumpkin pictures!