As a child every Halloween my mum would get out the paper pack and we would create a set of paper chains to decorate the house. It’s a Halloween Crafting Tradition that I’ve carried on with my own children and I wanted to share with your our Printable Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Paper Chains so that you can create your Halloween Paper Chains with your Toddlers and older kids.

halloween paper chains with free printable easy craft for kids from toddler upwards

Easy Halloween Paper Chains to Make with Kids

Paper chains are an easy decoration to make with kids. When we first made these back when we had a toddler and a baby we just used some purple and green construction paper.

Easy Halloween Paper Chain made with a toddler using purple and green construction paper.
Purple and green paper chain – brings back so many childhood memories and the ones we first made and published here in 2011!

We sat and made the loops together and then hung them up around the house as we prepared for a little toddler Halloween party.

As the kids have got older we’ve done similar, raided my scrapbooking pack but this year they wanted to get creative and have a set of Halloween Pumpkins for their decorations. So I was set the task of creating a set so they could make some.

Easy Halloween Paper Chains to Make with Toddlers
Easy to make Halloween Paper Chains with Kids. Even Toddlers and you can do this together.

Halloween Paper Chain Printable

We have created 2 paper chains templates for you to download depending on where you are in the world.

The first produces the “fat” paper chains that you see in the pictures, the second produces much thinner chains as there is 6 to a page instead of 5.

Free printable Halloween Paper Chain papers
Free Printable Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Paper Chains

You can click on the button below to get both sets and then follow the instructions below for printing correctly.

Printing your Pumpkin Paper Chains

The file contains both sizes of paper chains. Each set will print around 60cm of paper chain or 2 foot so repeat as many times as you wish.

Printing Large Paper Chains

  1. Place 3 pieces of orange paper into the printer.
  2. Select print in the PDF.
  3. Print only “Pages 5, 6 and 7”.
  4. Place 1 piece of purple paper and 1 piece of green paper in the printer.
  5. Print page 8 twice.

Printing Slim Paper Chains

  1. Place 2 pieces of orange paper in the printer.
  2. Select print in the PDF.
  3. Print only “Pages 2 and 3”.
  4. Place 1 piece of purple paper and 1 piece of green paper in the printer.
  5. Print Page 4 twice.

Top Tip for Making Paper Chains with Multiple Kids

Halloween Paper Chains to Make with kids with free printables
Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Paper Chain so easy even Toddlers can make.

My kids both like to make paper chains at the same time. But, to be honest we don’t need that many paper chains. So, instead, they each make some and then we join them together.

To do this once they are finished we make sure that they finish on a coloured paper, making sure that they are different colours.

connecting 2 paper chains together
Connecting 2 paper chains together – crafting with multiple kids at the same time.

Then take the orange and then join them together.

Simply then stick that connecting chain together to join your two chains from the kids.

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Fun Halloween Paper Chain to Make with Kids
homemade halloween paper chains with free printable jack-o-lantern faces to make with kids
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How to Make Pumpkin Faces Halloween Paper Chains with Kids

A simple how to with free printable paper to create a set of Jack-o-Lantern Paper Chains with kids.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time20 mins
Keyword: Easy Crafts for Kids, Halloween, Paper Crafts, Paper Projects, Simple Toddler Crafts
Yield: 60 cm of paper chain
Author: Cerys Parker

Equipment

  • Printer
  • Scissor

Materials

  • Orange Paper that will go through your printer
  • Green Paper that will go through your printer
  • Purple Paper that will go through your printer
  • Sticky Tape

Instructions

  • Follow the instructions for printing above depending on the size of paper chains you want.
    Free printable Halloween Paper Chain papers
  • Cut up the paper strips.
  • Form a ring with the first orange Jack-O-Lantern and stick the ends together with sticky tape.
  • Use a purple strip of paper and thread through the orange ring. Now stick to form a loop connected.
  • Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the paper strips. We alternated orange, purple, orange, green through our chains. (Read our tip on connecting the paper chains together if you have more than 1 child making them).
    connecting 2 paper chains together
  • Once complete hang up.
    Easy Halloween Paper Chains to Make with Toddlers

Video

Notes

Read our tip above for making these paper chains with multiple kids as well as the full printing instructions.

Halloween Paper Chain Craft for Kids
Pumpkin Paper Chain easy Halloween Craft for Toddlers.

More Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids

Simple Halloween Craft for Toddlers to make not too scary monster faces. Quick and easy low mess and fun
Monster Faces for Toddlers to Make
Easy Toddler Halloween Craft to make Straw Blown Ghosts
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Simple Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to create spin art pumpkins. Add on faces with black paper to create your own jack-o-lanterns.
Simple Spin Art Pumpkin Faces for Kids to Create

These fun Halloween Crafts are great for kids to make from toddlers upwards.

Make crazy monster faces with our Easy Halloween Monster Craft for Toddlers.

Have fun with paint and create some Straw Blown Ghosts for Halloween.

Make Spin Art Pumpkins with the salad spinner that you never use.

Why not create your own DIY life-sized skeletons with the kids.

More Halloween Fun for Families

As I said the paper chains is one of our Halloween Family Traditions. They decorate the house and along with pumpkin carving, it’s not Halloween if they aren’t up. However, we’ve shared a few more so check out the ideas below and see what you will incorporate today.

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Tried and tested easy Halloween Recipes perfect for cooking with your kids. Delicious fun spooky treats, snacks and meal ideas that you can cook together.
Delicious Recipes to Cook with Kids for Halloween Fun

We’ve put together all of our ideas for fun and simple ways to celebrate Halloween as a family into 1 place. There are ways that your toddlers can get involved as well as older kids too.

But, in our house, no celebration would be complete without food. And we love making Fun Food for Halloween with the kids. So check out our Halloween Recipes to Cook with Kids.

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One of our favourite traditions heading off pumpkin picking at the Pumpkin Patch

If you are near London then check out our Pumpkin Patch Recommendations where you can pick your own at Halloween with our Guide to the Best Pumpkin Patches Near London, UK.

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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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