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Yes, Halloween advent calendars are a thing — 17 cool options to shop

Because it’s never too early to celebrate spooky season.
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No matter if you wait until October 1st 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 October 31st quite literally thanks to Halloween 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 in 2022

Disney Villians: 13 Frights of Halloween

Forget Cinderella and Ariel! Instead, count down to Halloween with Ursula and Maleficent in this villanous 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."

Funko Pop! "The Nightmare Before Christmas" 13-Day Countdown

For those who argue that "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a Halloween movie rather than a Christmas movie, play into their love for the movie with this Advent calendar, which includes 13 characters from the film as Funko Pop! statues.

"Hocus Pocus" Advent Calendar Book

Take reading before bed to the next level with this "Hocus Pocus" advent calendar book. With secret flaps on each page filled with decorations, mini books, mementos and other surprises, ring in the spooky season with the Sanderson sisters.

Frisco Halloween 13-Day Dog Advent Calendar

Your furry friend can join in all the spooky fun too thanks to this 13-day Advent calendar from Chewy! Complete with an eyeball on a string and stuffed pumpkins, spiders and ghosts, your literal scaredy-cat will have over a dozen new toys to keep them occupied by the time Halloween arrives.

"Harry Potter" Countdown to Halloween Advent Calendar

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.

JCPenney Hey Boo Advent Calendar

With a friendly ghost perched atop, this advent calendar offers a more neutral, minimalistic approach to Halloween decor. Fill the pockets with sweet treats or knick-knacks for children to find as they count the days to Halloween.

Sugarfina Haunted Candy Factory Advent Calendar

From graveyard cookies to sugar skulls, zombie brains and more scary sweets within, your ghoul or ghost can open a box each day for eight days prior to Halloween — if they dare.

Funko 13-Day Advent Calendar

Hype yourself up for the horror-filled holiday with the characters that make it so. With over 3,000 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.

Pottery Barn Kids "Peanuts" Halloween Advent Calendar

Use Woodstock and Snoopy to count down to the spookiest day of the year as he moves from pocket to pocket. You could also opt to add a monogram or name for a more personalized touch to this Pottery Barn Kids calendar.

Halloween countdowns to shop

Etsy Wooden Halloween Countdown

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."

Witches Cauldron Countdown Calendar

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.

Halloween Advent Calendar Garland

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.

Vermont Christmas Company Halloween Countdown Calendar

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.

Pipsticks Halloween Sticker Countdown

Your ghouls and guys will love sticking and coloring this 13-day countdown. Featuring stickers of black cats, pumpkins, ghosts and more, time will fly as your child has fun with the daily prompts provided inside.

Calendar Bags Halloween Countdown

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.

Disney Block Halloween Countdown

Disney lovers, young children and those who want to add a bit of whimsy to their home, this block countdown is a perfect decoration, especially with Mickey and Minnie Mouse helping wind down the days until Halloween.

Pottery Barn Kids Ghostly Countdown Calendar

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.