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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.

 

DIY 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 foam 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 number for 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:

ghost-drawn-bag

Hand-drawn ghost with glitter-sticker face --

drawing a jack-o-lantern is great too!

 

wood-art-bag

Glue on pre-painted wood decorations.

 

black-foam-sticker-bag

 Fun glitter foam stickers that kids love to use!

 

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

Pumpkins

 

    

    

 

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!

 

spooky-sticker-bag

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 Thursday, 30 August 2012 Reply

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 Saturday, 01 September 2012 · Edit Reply

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

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Jacquie Fisher Saturday, 15 September 2012 Reply

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

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Vicky Saturday, 01 September 2012 · Edit Reply

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

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Jacquie Fisher Saturday, 15 September 2012 Reply

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 Sunday, 02 September 2012 · Edit Reply

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 Saturday, 15 September 2012 Reply

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 Monday, 03 September 2012 · Edit Reply

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 Saturday, 15 September 2012 Reply

Thank you Carolyn - this kids loved decorating the bags.

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Tricia Tuesday, 04 September 2012 · Edit Reply

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 Saturday, 15 September 2012 Reply

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 Friday, 07 September 2012 · Edit Reply

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 Saturday, 15 September 2012 Reply

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

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Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes Thursday, 13 September 2012 · Edit Reply

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 Saturday, 15 September 2012 Reply

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

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Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories Friday, 21 September 2012 · Edit Reply

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

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Holli Monday, 22 October 2012 · Edit Reply

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

http://www.fullhands-fullhearts.com/2012/10/seasons-best-halloween-link-up_22.html

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Kerri Wednesday, 02 October 2013 · Edit Reply

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 Saturday, 05 October 2013 · Edit Reply

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

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Jacquie Fisher

Jacquie is the founder & owner of Edventures with Kids, a site that shares unique kid’s activities, fun ways to learn and inspriation for family travel.  She is an educator, nature lover and mom to 2 great kids.  Jacquie enjoys exploring new places with her family and loves encouraging kids to be creative & curious!  Visit our About Us section for more information about Jacquie & Edventures with Kids!


 

 

 

 

 

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