Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

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!

Why?

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:

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 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

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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Comments

 
Jacquie Fisher on Friday, 31 August 2012 00:28

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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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!
Guest - Cassie on Saturday, 01 September 2012 17:03

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

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I love the countdown for halloween. I might have to do something like that for my girls!
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 03:59

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

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Thanks Cassie - hope you and the girls have fun with it!
Guest - Vicky on Saturday, 01 September 2012 22:22

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

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What a wonderful idea. Not used to doing a countdown for Halloween, but why not? Vicky fromwww.messforless.net
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 04:00

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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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!).
Guest - Jennifer Fischer on Sunday, 02 September 2012 22:09

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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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.
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 04:01

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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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
Guest - Carolyn on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 00:09

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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What a fun tradition to create with your family, and I like that you added in the idea of making your countdown a craft.
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 04:02

Thank you Carolyn - this kids loved decorating the bags.

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Thank you Carolyn - this kids loved decorating the bags.
Guest - Tricia on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 23:42

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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This is such a good idea. A great way to count down to something and do some activities at the same time :)
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 04:02

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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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)!
Guest - Liz Hallberg on Friday, 07 September 2012 16:38

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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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!
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 04:03

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

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Thanks Liz (for the nice comment and the pin!)
Guest - Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes on Thursday, 13 September 2012 13:44

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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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!
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 04:04

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

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Hi Jamie - would love to come link up! I so love Fall :D
Guest - Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories on Saturday, 22 September 2012 03:59

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

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Love this idea, Jacquie! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. I've pinned it to our feature board. :)
Guest - Holli on Monday, 22 October 2012 19:08

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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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
Guest - Kerri on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 17:31

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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What a neat idea. I found this on Pinterest, and I'm now sharing to my Facebook page. Thank you for the inspiration!
Guest - pinkoddy on Saturday, 05 October 2013 18:27

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

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

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