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DIY Halloween Countdown Calendar

Countdown the days to Halloween with this DIY calendar and some great activity ideas!

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!


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, Halloween-themed 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 — or if you just want to do the 13 Days of Halloween than you’ll only need 13 labels) — 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.

Here are 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. They can easily be found at any craft store or online.



Add 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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