The best-ever pumpkin harvest awaits visitors at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Kensington from 3-6:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

A display of pumpkins carved by the cloistered Sisters during their recreation time will offer the guests a chance to select a design and a pumpkin to leave with the Sisters for carving and pickup later.

There may be apples from the three trees on the property, and tomatoes available. The Sisters will bake, and hot cocoa and hot apple cider may also be available.

The event will be overseen by three volunteer “Pumpkin Chiefs,” who will assist the visitors. The Sisters, who live the cloistered life, will not be seen.

But their talents will be available through “The Holy Pumpkin Carving Service” Oct. 19-31.

Come to the monastery, 68 Rincon Road, Kensington, turn and ring the doorbell to make the request. Hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6:30 p.m. daily, except during Mass.

The Sisters’ designs include the Nativity, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and angels. Animal designs include a hummingbird, a doe and a donkey.

Full story at The Catholic Voice.