No matter if you wait until Oct. 1 to decorate for Halloween or you put up fall decor the instant pumpkin spice lattes make their return to the Starbucks menu, it's hard to ignore the sudden drop in temperature. It's just a matter of time before jack-o'-lanterns start lining front stoops and skeletons are propped on every other lawn on the block.
Fortunately, you can now take the countdown to Oct. 31 quite literally thanks to Halloween-inspired Advent calendars. The fun tradition just got even more so, now that children and adults alike can express their excitement for the spooky season for the entire month.
From familiar characters such as Snoopy and "Harry Potter" to creative new ways to count down to Halloween, there is a calendar for everyone, whether you’re a certified scaredy cat or scream queen.
Halloween Advent calendars to shop
Forget Cinderella and Ariel! Instead, count down to Halloween with Ursula and Maleficent in this villainous 13-day calendar. Open envelopes that contain spooky relics relating to each infamous Disney character, such as evil cards from Dr. Facilier's deck from "The Princess and the Frog."
"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is a falltime and Halloween classic and this countdown calendar celebrates this story and others within the Peanuts world by unveiling a new story each day in October leading up to the beloved holiday.
Ditch your muggle title for 13 days of surprises with this "Harry Potter"-themed calendar. Within each pocket are behind-the-scenes gifts, “magical keepsakes” and fun facts about the series that will have you jumping for joy higher than a chocolate frog.
Don't leave your furry friends out of all the fun! With 13 new small stuffed animals for them to enjoy, the Halloween-themed toys include a bone, a candy, a ghost and more.
This 13-day countdown features some of the classic candies they're sure to collect on the holiday, including candy corn, caramels, lollipops and more. The front features a haunted house with door flaps designed as windows for them to unveil a new candy each day.
If your child loves Halloween treats but is allergic to certain ingredients, then they're sure to enjoy this 13-day countdown filled with gluten- and peanut-free bites. Hints on the door flaps allude to what flavor marshmallow might be behind, leaving the recipient to guess until they unveil it.
If you have someone in your life who is a bonafide art aficionado or loves to tap into their creative side casually, this 13-day Halloween countdown is "chalk" full of accessories and supplies to further fill their supply closet.
Hype yourself up for the horror-filled holiday with the characters that make it so. With over 10,000 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, this Advent calendar is a hit with both children and adults alike. "What a great gift to give to horror fans," one reviewer said.
Halloween countdowns to shop
You can have full faith in knowing Vermont Christmas Company knows how to make a good Advent calendar. Countdown to Halloween with 31 windows to open each day of the month leading up to the holiday, with a verse from "Twas the night before Halloween" in each one.
Concoct a different kind of holiday countdown by placing stickers on the cauldron with this budget- and kid-friendly Advent calendar. The cauldron stands tall at almost two feet wide and long, making it hard to miss in your home.
Create a visual way to count the days that can hang anywhere in the house, from a fireplace, TV stand or bedroom shelf. Stuff the bags with pencils, Halloween-themed erasers, sweet treats or other small items children would love to find.
Add a little creativity and a personal touch to your Halloween decor with these canvas tote pouches from Etsy. Sneak a dollar aisle knick-knack inside or stuff them to the brim with candy. Turn one (or all!) of the bags into a scavenger hunt for children to look forward to.
With black, curly wooden numbers to signify how many days there are until Halloween, this wooden countdown board from Etsy can serve as a kitschy decor piece as well. A witch's shoes serve as a stand for the board, adding to the thought and detail put into this piece. "Oh my gosh, so adorable," said one reviewer. "The time and quality put into this piece really shows. I can't wait to start using this Halloween countdown."
For a simple countdown that also doubles as decor, turn the dial according to how many days are left before Halloween with this Disney-inspired calendar. Start on Oct. 13, as this countdown is marked for 18 days.
This customizable felt calendar comes with 31 pockets, perfect for storing sweet treats for your littlest boos to discover each day. Decorated with ghosts, bats and stars, the lead-up to Halloween has never been sweeter.