Ever since we set up the nature table for October, my daughter has been asking every morning if it is Halloween. To provide a visual of how many days remain, this spiky haired pumpkin is now our countdown to Halloween. Every night after dinner one toothpick is removed.
I drew a face with permanent marker. We then counted the days on the calendar to Halloween. Next, we counted the toothpicks and pushed the toothpicks into the pumpkin. (Because the pumpkin is very firm and requires hand strength, a younger child may need the adult to make the holes first.)