Keep "Hallow" in Halloween!

Definition of Hallow: Hallow is a word usually used as a verb, meaning "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate".[1]  The adjective form hallowed, as used in The Lord's Prayer, means holy, consecrated, sacred, or revered.[2] In modern English usage, the noun hallow appears mostly in compounds in Halloween and Hallowmas. Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is a shortened form of All Hallow Even, meaning "All Hallow's Eve" or "All Saints' Eve".[3] Hallowmas, the day after Halloween, is shortened from Hallow's mass, and is also known as "All Hallow's Day" or "All Saints' Day".[4]

We're used to hearing the phrase "Keep Christ in Christmas". Well, I'm having a rally call for a new phrase- "Keep Hallow in Halloween!" :-) When you hear the word "Halloween", no doubt that visions of Jack-O-Lanters dance in your head.

So here's a way to keep hallow in Halloween while carving your pumpkin this year. Carve your Jack-O-Lantern face keeping the pieces in tact, and then return them to their original "holes". Also put the pumpkin guts into a freezer bag and put them back inside the pumpkin. Now you're ready to go! Pray this Pumpkin Prayer as you remove the pieces of the pumpkin. (This can be done at home or in your CCD class).

Pumpkin Prayer:
Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you and the world you created. (Take off the top of the pumpkin.)
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you, including my seeds of doubt. (Pull out the bag of seeds.)
Open my eyes and help me to see your ways. (Remove the eyes.)
Open my ears and help me to hear your voice, so I may learn how you want me to live. (Remove the ears.)
I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned up my nose at the things you want me to do. (Remove the nose.)
Let everything I say please you, and help me spread your word to others. (Remove the mouth.)
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do. (Place a candle inside and light it. Then turn off the lights)

A great song to go with the carving activity would be "Open My Eyes, Lord". After you light the pumpkin, sing "This Little Light of Mine" with the lights off while you look at your bright shining pumpkin!

I put this together using several sources including this Jack-O-Lantern CCD lesson, and this facebook status I saw:

Being a good person is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all of the yucky stuff -- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a bright new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see!

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  1. You are freakinominal (a word I've invented to be used only on the specialist of special people;)
    Thank you once again for this amazing post! What a great idea!!! Love it!!!

  2. AWESOME! I love how you find ways to bring our wonderful Faith into the simplest activities! I love this and we will be doing this one soon!! Thanks!!

  3. I'm so using your qoute and linking back here to my pumpkin patch parable post.

  4. HI Lacy!
    Thanks for this great post and prayer! I loved it so much I just linked up to the post on my blog here:

    I hope you don't mind if I "copied" your post title too, "Keep Hallow in Halloween"! I look forward to using this prayer for future Halloweens!

    God bless and Happy All Hallows Eve!
    Tracy at "A Slice of Smith Life"

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