Count Down to Halloween by Crafting Pumpkin and Ghost Calendars

Christmas isn’t the only holiday kids will enjoy counting down to. Similar to an advent calendar, kids can craft whimsical pumpkin and ghost calendars to countdown to Halloween for use at home or in the classroom.

Halloween countdown calendars are an exciting way for kids to visualize how close Halloween is and build thrilling anticipation for the holiday festivities. And as an added bonus, countdown calendars help reinforce number recognition skills for preschoolers and kindergartners.

Pumpkin Countdown Calendar

Glue a “tissue paper flower” to a special pumpkin countdown calendar each day until Halloween.

Supplies Needed:

  • piece of black construction paper
  • white crayon
  • green tissue paper
  • orange tissue paper
  • scissors
  • white glue
  • pencil


  1. Using the white crayon, draw a large pumpkin, including the stem, onto the piece of black construction paper. If desired, you can cut out the pumpkin shape.
  2. Use the white crayon again to make 30 quarter-size circles, evenly distributed/filling up the pumpkin shape. Make one circle on the stem.
  3. Randomly number each circle from one to 31.
  4. Cut out one square (approximately 2” x 2”) of green tissue paper.
  5. Cut out 30 squares of orange tissue paper.

How to Use Your Pumpkin Countdown Calendar:

  1. On October 1, have your child locate the number one on the pumpkin shape.
  2. Wrap an orange square of tissue paper around the bottom of the pencil. *Note: Use the green square of tissue paper for the number on the stem.
  3. Dip bottom of tissue paper covered pencil in a small amount of white glue.
  4. Using the pencil like a stamp, instruct your child to glue it to the number one on the pumpkin shape, creating a 3-D flower effect.
  5. Repeat steps one through four each day until Halloween, gluing one tissue paper square to the corresponding day. For example: On October 2, glue a square on the number two, and so on until October 31.

On Halloween Day, kids will have a completed pumpkin picture to display in the window.

Ghost Countdown Calendar

Gluing a cotton ball to a ghost silhouette is another boo-riffic way to countdown to All Hallow’s Eve.

Supplies Needed:

  • sheet of white poster board
  • black marker
  • scissors (optional)
  • 31 cotton balls
  • white glue


  1. Using the black marker, draw the outline of a large ghost onto the sheet of white poster board. Drawing in the eyes is a nice additional touch.
  2. Sketch 31 quarter-size circles inside the ghost shape so that they are spread evenly over the ghost.
  3. Randomly number each circle one to 31.
  4. If you choose, cut out the ghost shape or leave as is.

How to Use Your Ghost Countdown Calendar:

  1. On October 1, have your child locate the number one on the ghost shape.
  2. Dip one side of a cotton ball in a little glue.
  3. Have your child glue the cotton ball to the number one on the ghost shape.
  4. Repeat steps one through three each day until Halloween, gluing one cotton ball to the corresponding day.

Kids can hang their completed ghost in the window or on the front door on Halloween night.

Halloween countdown calendars are both fun and educational, and a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.

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