That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.
Shine On, Children’s Songbook, Pg. #144
1. My light is but a little one,
My light of faith and prayer;
But lo! it glows like God’s great sun,
For it was lighted there.
Shine on, shine on, shine on bright and clear;
Shine on, shine on now the day is here.
2. I may not hide my little light;
The Lord has told me so.
‘Tis given me to keep in sight,
That all may see it glow.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by setting up a pumpkin carving station for each person. If you have young children, one parent can make the jack-o-lantern as you go through the lesson.
Read aloud: One of the most recognized symbols of Halloween is a jack-o-lantern. People love to take pumpkins and make beautiful creations. Many years ago, people from Ireland brought the tradition of making jack-o-lanterns to America. It comes from the story of a man named Jack who roamed the earth after he died and needed a light to see.
But the Irish didn’t have pumpkins! They used turnips, potatoes, and other gourds to make their jack-o-lanterns. When Irish immigrants started coming to America, they discovered the pumpkin was easier to carve and much bigger.
Today, jack-o-lanterns are a part of the Halloween tradition. But did you know we can learn about Jesus Christ from the jack-o-lantern?
Have everyone examine their/the pumpkin. If you have time, consider washing it off together.
Read aloud: We are like this pumpkin. God picks us from the patch for a special purpose. He has brought us to Earth and to families where he helps us become clean. All the dirt is washed off of us.
Ask: What are some ways that we become clean with the help of Jesus Christ? [Baptism, repentance].
Read aloud: God can ask us to do hard things. Sometimes we are asked to go through trials or illnesses. We make mistakes and need to repent. God wants to change our hearts so we can be more like him. This is like when we cut off the top of the pumpkin and scoop out all the yucky pumpkin goo.
Clean out the inside of the pumpkin. With younger children, you can let them touch the pumpkin slime as a parent takes it out.
Read aloud: There are seeds inside the pumpkin. Inside of us, we have seeds of doubt, fear, or anger. God removes these seeds and instead turns them into seeds of faith, hope, and charity. This is like when we clean off all the seeds and cook them so they’re yummy.
Ask: What are some things that help you through hard times?
Read aloud: God wants us to have joy in this life and in the life to come. He helps us have a smiling face of peace. With the jack-o-lantern, we carve a smile and put a light inside. We have the light of Jesus Christ inside of us that can shine bright for everyone to see.
Finish carving your jack-o-lantern! Complete the lesson with a discussion about how we can share the light of Christ with other people. Come up with a plan on how to give someone a “treat” this Halloween. Leave your testimony about the transformative power of the gospel.
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies or Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
-Your favorite brownie mix
-Can of pumpkin
-Pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Mix the dry brownie mix and the pumpkin together. Bake as directed. Frost with your favorite frosting and enjoy!
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Clean off your pumpkin seeds, and then let them soak for five minutes in a bath of warm water. Pat them dry with paper towels. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a teaspoon of olive oil for each half cup of seeds you are roasting.
Click on the picture or the link below to see six awesome spice combinations for your pumpkin seeds!
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You’ll need rolls of toilet paper, a black permanent marker, and a small pumpkin. Draw jack-o-lantern faces on the rolls of toilet paper. You can also use construction paper and glue. Set up the tower of toilet paper jack-o-lanterns. Cut off the step from the pumpkin so it will roll better. You can also draw a face on the pumpkin if you’d like. Have fun rolling the pumpkin to see how many toilet paper “pins” you can knock down.
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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.