Wednesday, October 21, 2009


A common activity for families, in preparation for All Hallows' Eve, is carving Pumpkins. We have found this to be yet another wonderful opportunity to tie in our Catholic Faith. Each year our children look forward to choosing a pumpkin and carving their "Saint-O-Lantern!"

This year American Life League has also suggested carving Pro-Life Pumpkins! They have even shared a template for this beautiful carving:

The possibilities are endless! Even though I have shared links to some pictures in last years Hallowed Days: All Saints and All Souls Fair, I thought I would post them here too, and add to the collection!

Here are some of our own past Saint-O-Lanterns:

The Last Supper ~ St. Pius the X ~ The Birth of Christ

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

St. Peter's Basilica ~ Bernini Columns ~ The Bark of Peter

Here are a few more pictures, of other Saint-O-Lanterns that have been brought to our Home School Group's All Saints' Party in the past:

And here are a few more inspiring Saint-O-Lanterns found online:

Oh, and Donna at Island in the Grove also shares an excellent idea for converting any of your All Hallows' Eve Jack-O-Lanterns for the feast of All Saints'!

Now I am really anxious to get to the pumpkin patch and find our pumpkins!!

If anyone carves a Saint-O-Lantern this year, or has in the past, please leave a link (or email a picture) since I would love to add your own creations to this post!

Here are some of the new additions from this year!!
And here are a few more pictures that were submitted via email:

"Life" carved by C. & S. Nichols

The Immaculate Heart of Mary by LeXuan Culbreath

Our Lady by LeXuan Culbreath

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  1. WOW!! That is too cool! Our family is definitely going to try our hands at this!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. These are great! We carve "holy laterns" out of pumpkins for our all saints party. These are some great ideas. Last year my son did Jesus carrying the cross. We're still trying to decide what to do this year.

  3. Very, very cool! I will pass this on to others.

    God bless!

  4. Thank you, Jessica! We are looking forward to participating in the Saint-O-Lantern contest at our parish's All Saints Party. I will be sure to share a photo.

  5. These are amazing! What a wonderful idea!

  6. I LOVE the Pro-Life Pumpkin and all the other ideas! I never even thought of this. I'm most certainly going to be trying it out this year!

  7. These are so cool! We just finished carving a pro-life pumpkin! :)

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  9. I linked this post to my All Saints Day post! Thanks for the great idea! Visit my post:

    God Bless!

  10. Check out our baby and barque of Peter at

  11. Hi Jessica. Visit my blog to see our Saint-O-Lanterns. We had a great time making them. Can't wait to try some new ones next year! God Bless, Lori

  12. I think the idea of Pro-Life Pumpkins is fantastic, even the smallest things can make a difference!

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    1. Many of the carvings in this post were created without templates, but you can find links to some templates in this post. Hope that helps!