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DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar

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My kids just LOVE countdown calendars!  

"How many more days until..." -- it's always so much easier to wait if you have something fun to do :-)  

So, a few years ago, we created a countdown calendar for Halloween.  And it's been such a great addition to our yearly traditions!


Well, fall gets a little busy and the kids just love to do fallish and Halloween themed activities.  So this has been the perfect way to "get all my ducks in a row" so to say (or should I say 'pumpkins in a row').

Here's the details on how we created the countdown along with some of our activities and affiliate links for items you can use to make one of your own this year!


DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar 

Halloween Countdown Calendar

The calendar was created from small canvas bags that we purchased at our local crafts store.  They were 6/$1, so it wasn't that expensive.  

We decorated each bag using Halloween Foam Craft Stickers, scrapbook stickers, pre-painted wood signs or with hand-drawn pictures.  

Each bag includes a number for every day in October. 

Be sure to label each bag with a numberfor the day of the month (from 1 thru 31) -- this was a HUGE timesaver as I could easily fill all the bags on the weekend and just grab the one I needed each day. 

If you begin in September, you can make one or two bags each day and be ready for October 1st!


Here's a few sample bags to give you some ideas:


Hand-drawn ghost with glitter-sticker face -- drawing a jack-o-lantern is great too!



Glue on pre-painted wood decorations.



 Fun glitter foam stickers that kids love to use these!

See, super simple designs and decoration ideas so the kids can help to create the bags.  You could also use fabric paints or washi tape to decorate or label the bags too.


How to Use the Calendar:

1.  You can leave individual bags at the breakfast table each morning OR

2.  String them all on a piece of ribbon and hang them on your mantle, doorway or staircase.


DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar


What Do We Put in Each Bag?

Fun activities we can do as a family!! 

We love fall so this ends up being easy.  I've also been known to sneek in a few pieces of candy corn :-)


Here are some ideas we include on slips of paper in each bag:

  • Visit a pumpkin patch to choose your pumpkins
  • Decorate the house for fall
  • 'Ghost' a friend in the neighborhood
  • Read a Halloween book together (I usually fill 5 or 6 bags with different book titles).  Here are a few of our favorites along with affiliate links so you can check out the details on each book:




The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)

It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies






J is for Jack-O'-Lantern

The Witch Family

Halloween Bugs (Bugs in a Box Books)

Fancy Nancy: Halloween...or Bust!


More Ideas for Halloween Activities:

  • Make a new fall recipe together
  • Head to the store to buy candy for trick-or-treaters
  • 'Spookify' the front door for trick-or-treaters
  • Family movie night -- try one of these:



Hocus Pocus

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

The Private Eyes

Little Bear - Halloween Stories


If you're looking for more inspiration, visit our 'Halloween' board on Pinterest for some creative ideas!



It's a great fall craft for the kids, and a fun way to wait out the days until one of their favorite holidays!!  

Happy Fall!

~ Jacquie


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  • Jacquie Fisher
    Jacquie Fisher August 31

    This is such a great idea! I love finding ways to add a little excitement to the holidays ~ especially the "smaller" ones. I cannot wait to put our countdown together. My little guy will love it...thanks for sharing!

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    Cassie September 01

    I love the countdown for halloween. I might have to do something like that for my girls!

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  • Jacquie Fisher
    Jacquie Fisher September 16

    Thanks Cassie - hope you and the girls have fun with it!

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    Vicky September 01

    What a wonderful idea. Not used to doing a countdown for Halloween, but why not? Vicky

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  • Jacquie Fisher
    Jacquie Fisher September 16

    Hi Vicky - the calendar was one of those 'why not' ideas in our house too. My kids asked why there weren't countdown calendars for all the holidays one year, so we started this one that fall (kids are so smart!).

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    Jennifer Fischer September 02

    Countdowns are a great way to build up excitement about something or help kids wait. For my son, we always have countdowns and waiting excitement for grandma's next visit, so maybe we could do something special for that the next time she is going to come.

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  • Jacquie Fisher
    Jacquie Fisher September 16

    I love that Jennifer! I agree, sometimes kids need a fun way to pass the days - and for a grandparents visit, what a great time to use a countdown - I'm making a note to do that later this year when our grandparents are scheduled to visit :D

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    Carolyn September 04

    What a fun tradition to create with your family, and I like that you added in the idea of making your countdown a craft.

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  • Jacquie Fisher
    Jacquie Fisher September 16

    Thank you Carolyn - this kids loved decorating the bags.

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    Tricia September 04

    This is such a good idea. A great way to count down to something and do some activities at the same time :)

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  • Jacquie Fisher
    Jacquie Fisher September 16

    Hi Tricia - I think my favorite part of the calendar is the activities we do (some of which I keep a surprise until the kids open the bag that day)!

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    Liz Hallberg September 07

    I must admit, we are not big Halloween people around here... but this is adorable, and a great way to do a countdown for just about anything really! I have pinned it to our Seasonal Holiday Crafts Board. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jacquie Fisher
    Jacquie Fisher September 16

    Thanks Liz (for the nice comment and the pin!)

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    What a great idea for Fall! I am hosting an "It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party" .... I would like to invite you to share this project, and other Fall related projects/recipes, you may have. All links will be pinned to a board dedicated to the party. You can find the party at Love Bakes Good Cakes. Hope to see you there!

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  • Jacquie Fisher
    Jacquie Fisher September 16

    Hi Jamie - would love to come link up! I so love Fall :D

  • Guest

    Love this idea, Jacquie! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. I've pinned it to our feature board. :)

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    Holli October 22

    Just wanted to let you know I'm featuring your post today. Thanks again for sharing!

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    Kerri October 02

    What a neat idea. I found this on Pinterest, and I'm now sharing to my Facebook page. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    pinkoddy October 05

    What a great idea - I'm doing something similar with Christmas

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