Halloween is an opportunity for families to let their artistic abilities shine. It’s a theatrical time of year and whenever our artistic passions and pursuits peek through, our values and convictions aren’t far behind. Pumpkin carving is no exception when it comes to artistic pursuits and we’ve got the stencils to prove it.
This organization is all about coexistence between our planet and humans. Their vision statement says it all: “WWF’s vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.” The Fund has been protecting the future of nature for 50 years. WWF works in 100 countries. It’s unique way of working “combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.”
The WWF Halloween stencils are just one small way you can connect your home and community to conservation for one, theatrical night of the year.
I am delighted the WorldWild Fund is thinking about opportunities for families to come together and talk about the connections we have to our planet. As corny as it might sound, learning about these animals and ecosystems while getting ready for Halloween is a great idea and WWF has found the perfect fit with their pumpkin stencils.
Creating a coral reef out of a pumpkin opens up a discussion about one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the ocean. Likewise, choosing to carve a leatherback turtle might bring up the fact that these creatures have traveled our oceans for 100 million years. Picture the delicate silhouette of a monarch butterfly as your pumpkin candle flickers behind it. Monarchs fly up to 3,000 miles from Canada and the United States to central Mexico every winter.
There are ten free stencils to choose from. You can download your favorite one -or all of them- on the World Wildlife website in the form of a PDF. Once you’ve carved, we would love to see the finished product. Snap a photo of your pumpkin, post it to Facebook and be sure to tag Lolë. We’ll share your photos with the World Wildlife Fund, too.
Meantime, have a safe and theatrical Halloween!