Counting Down to Halloween

by Marie on September 25, 2008

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Since it’s on the last day of October, we like to decorate and celebrate all month long. To help in this process, we’re counting down the days until Halloween. We made a classic paper chain counter, but turned it into a paper chain pumpkin man.

Supplies for Paper Chain Counter:

  • art paper – cut into 30 strips, and extra for pumpkin face
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue stick

1. Cut your paper into strips. I just used construction paper. I don’t suggest using cardstock paper, it’s a little more difficult to curl and tape the paper.

2. Form a circle with one strip and tape it closed. Loop another one through and tape, making them chain together.

3. Now decorate a pumpkin face for the main body of the counter using your paper, scissors, and glue stick. I stapled the arms and legs onto the paper pumpkin. You could tape or glue these on, but we need them to last for a whole month and staples are a little more durable.

Display your cute pumpkin paper chain somewhere visible for the kids (I used packing tape to tape him up on the door, it’s kind of heavy with all the chains).

On the first day of October, they get to tear off ONE chain, and so on until all you have is the pumpkin face on Halloween.

Your Halloween paper chain could be made into a ghost of white paper chains, witch’s hair with green paper chains, or even a cute garland paper chain under the mantel. Either way, it’s fun for the kids to watch as they get closer to the day of dressing-up and eating candy!

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