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The countdown to Halloween just got more fun

Halloween-themed calendar and countdown in front of purple background with spider webs. Credit: Calderwood Creations / ShopDisney

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If your kids are the kind that keep asking, “How many more days until…” you know that Christmas Advent calendars are a lifesaver for getting through the days leading up to the big holiday. Well, some genius people have also come to realize that kids are just as eager to get to Halloween. The anticipation of candy, and costumes, and all sorts of fun and spooky events is just too much for their little minds to wander from.

If you’re a fan of holiday decor, and love having a little something to get the Halloween spirit going ahead of the holiday, here are our favorite kid-friendly Halloween Advent calendars, to help them count the days until the big day. Some are good for big kids. Some are good for little kids. All are just perfect for getting the spooky season underway.

1. A calendar with a sweet little friend

Colorful black felt Halloween-themed advent calendar.
Credit: My Growing Season Shop

This calendar has a cute little ghost to help mark the days.

Best for ages: 5 and up

Fright level: 🎃

This handmade, pocket-filled countdown calendar is covered in the sweetest images of an otherwise spooky holiday. If the idea of Halloween makes them apprehensive, this calendar is the perfect choice. The cutest little ghost finger puppet will take them through all the days leading up to Halloween. You can either sit their smiling buddy in each of the pockets as you count down, or you can fill them with treats!

Get the Halloween countdown Advent calendar at Etsy for $31.95

2. A calendar with a charming baby bat

Young child playing with Halloween-themed calendar.
Credit: Our Warm Store

A baby bat helps with the countdown.

Best for ages: 3 and up

Fright level: 🎃🎃

This house may look scary, but it’s filled with friends. True, most of them are ghosts, but they are the friendly sort. These felted friends can either hide out in the daily pockets or stick around outside on the felt exterior. Attached is the most charming little, googly-eyed baby bat that can bounce from pocket to pocket, to lead the way through the number of days left until Halloween.

Get the Our Warm Store Halloween countdown calendar at Amazon for $12.99

3. A calendar that’s heavy on the tricks

Halloween-themed calendar with children on front.
Credit: Vermont Country Store

This calendar is filled with fun jokes and surprises.

Best for ages: 6 and up

Fright level: 🎃🎃

This one is all about the tricks! The 31 windows on this joyful Halloween scene open to reveal a silly picture or a funny riddle. It’s sure to get them howling… in a good way!

Get the Little Goblins countdown calendar at Amazon for $5.95

4. A felted fright

Young child playing with felt Halloween-themed calendar.
Credit: Wild Blu Yonder

This felted calendar is a fun play board.

Best for ages: 2.5 and up

Fright level: 🎃

It’s not your traditional advent calendar, but kids will enjoy this spooky countdown to the Halloween holiday. Each day reveals a high-quality felted ornament that children can pull out to decorate the haunted mansion, making for fun, interactive, craft-style play.

Get the felt Halloween Advent Calendar on Etsy for $58.99

5. A sticky sort of countdown calendar

Halloween-themed sticker calendar.
Credit: Tomte Workshop, LLC

We like this one for bigger kids, who are less likely to scare.

Best for ages: 5 and up

Fright level: 🎃🎃🎃🎃

Stickers are what really make this countdown calendar stand out. A full set of spooky, sticky ghosts take you on a twisted trail, from the House of Horrors to Zombietown to Nosfaratu’s castle, leading the way to a happy Halloween. This one might be spooky for the smaller kids, so it's best to give it to kids who don’t scare too easily.

Get the kids’ Halloween countdown calendar at Etsy for $22.50

6. A jumbo calendar for the little ones

Colorful Halloween-themed house calendar
Credit: Fun Express

This jumbo calendar comes in a set of 12, for a terrific price.

Best for ages: 2 and up

Fright level: 🎃

A flip-book style jumbo calendar, this is just right for the littlest ghouls and goblins. Each window opens to reveal a whimsically drawn Halloween icon, like witches, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns. This is a fun candy-free countdown option. This comes in a pack of 12, so you can hand them out to family and friends.

Get the Fun Express set of 12 jumbo Countdown to Halloween calendars at Amazon for $16.88

7. A mouskeriffic countdown calendar

Disney Halloween-themed countdown clock.
Credit: ShopDisney

It's a holiday harvest-style countdown clock!

Best for ages: 3 and up

Fright level: 🎃

It’s a candy corn hoedown countdown! This fall themed countdown clock features Mickey and Minnie Mouse surrounded by all of our favorite things about fall. Each day turns to click the countdown clock closer to Halloween.

Get the Mickey & Minnie Halloween countdown calendar at shopDisney for $49.99

8. A cool craft that turns into a calendar

Halloween-themed house craft calendar.
Credit: Calderwood Creations

This fun craft turns into a cool Halloween countdown calendar.

Best for ages: 7 and up

Fright level: 🎃🎃

They’ll love this majestic, haunted castle that is just as much of a spooky piece of decor as a fun countdown calendar. Older kids can help assemble it, while younger kids can marvel at how cool it is once it’s all put together.

Each window and door opens to reveal a box that you can fill with the candy, the treat, or the trick of your choice!

Get the Halloween Castle Countdown calendar at Etsy for $14.37

9. A fun and retro set of countdown bags

Scattered Halloween-themed burlap bags.
Credit: KPort Gift Company

One little bag for each of the 30 days leading up to Halloween.

Best for ages: 5 and up

Fright level:🎃🎃🎃

These cute bags with cool retro graphics are just the thing for filling with treats as you count down the days. Each of the 30 bags has a fun, Halloween themed image, and the number of the days left until Halloween. We love the idea of putting each one out for a daily scavenger hunt, to add a bit more fun to the countdown.

Get the KPort Gift Company Halloween countdown bags at Etsy for $42

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