Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. How could you not love Halloween? Candy, costumes, crisp weather, fun with friends! It’s the best. Since it’s on the last day of October, we LOVE to decorate and celebrate all month long. To help in this process, we’re counting down to Halloween with this awesome pumpkin paper chain activity and craft. It’s easy enough even your littlest kiddos can join in on the crafting fun.

Counting Down to Halloween with a Pumpkin Paper Chain

Counting Down to Halloween with a Pumpkin Paper Chain

We made a classic paper chain counter, but turned it into a Pumpkin Paper Chain!


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

Halloween Countdown Supplies


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.

Halloween Countdown

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.

Decorating a Pumpkin Halloween Countdown

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). Or you can use painter’s tape or even add him to a nail you have in the house on a wall.

NOW… 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.

Hanging Halloween Countdown

Your Halloween pumpkin 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.

witch halloween countdown

Either way you paper chain, it’s fun for the kids to watch as they get closer to the day of dressing-up and eating candy!