This spooky accessory is about to become your new favorite fall tradition.

By Emily VanSchmus /
August 21, 2019
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We spend all year looking forward to Halloween, and this year’s countdown to October 31 is going to be better than ever. It turns out advent-style calendars aren’t just for Christmas—Halloween advent calendars exist, and you’re definitely going to want one.

These calendars are just like the Christmas version you’re used to but even better. For starters, you get 31 days of prizes or chocolate instead of just 25. Traditional Advent calendars start on December 1, since Advent is a religious season of preparing for Christmas. But the Halloween take on these classic calendars begins on October 1 and will help you count down the days until it's finally time to dress up, trick-or-treat, and head to an All Hallow's Eve party.

We'll certainly be adding this to our list of favorite new Halloween products, along with Michaels' ceramic Halloween trees (which are almost sold out already!) and this sparkly unicorn skeleton. If you want to get a head start on your fall preparations, there are a few Halloween calendar options already on the market, and they’re all hauntingly cute. These are our favorite Halloween advent calendars you can buy right now.

Storytime Countdown

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This calendar is actually a storybook, which makes it perfect for kids! Each pop-out window reveals a photo and a new verse from a story called One Halloween Night, so your family can read the full tale together on Halloween night once all the dates have been opened (and all the candy has been opened).

Fabric Features

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There are so many things you could do with this custom countdown! Instead of candy, fill each pocket with a thoughtful note or creepy critters (think plastic spiders and faux snakes). The felt calendar measures 26 inches long and can be embroidered with a name or phrase.

Spooky Scenery

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This 46-inch-long felt wall hanging features 31 pockets designed to look like windows in a haunted house. Fill the pockets with small treats or trivia facts about All Hallow's Eve.

Victorian Haunted House

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If you’re willing to shell out a little more for your holiday countdown, more elaborate or personalized options can be found on Etsy. This Victorian-style haunted house from Etsy seller Halloween Advent House will run you a little over $1,600 after shipping costs, but it has rave reviews on Etsy and is so popular it’s currently sold out—but we’ve confirmed it will be back in stock soon!

If you'd rather make your own, try one of our DIY Christmas Advent calendars in orange and black and fill it with your family's favorite treats.