For younger children in particular, the long wait until October 31 can be relentless. Try a Halloween Advent calendar to increase the anticipation of the Big Day! As the mother of two children, I am a firm believer in the idea that going with the kids’ excitement, rather than against it, makes for a happier holiday season. Add Halloween Excitement By Counting It Down! This project is easy to make and fun for the whole family.
The project can be made on either paper (with removable sticky tape) or felt (using Velcro on the back of each day’s addition). You don’t have to be Van Gogh to create this calendar, either – Heaven knows I’m no artist!
The idea is to start with a simple background: a basic haunted house. From this figure, you will daily add a decoration throughout the month of October. By the end of the month, you’ll have a festive, full-color rendering of all things Halloweeny!
Making Your Halloween Calendar
1. Pick Your Materials and Make The Calendar Base
For those who choose the paper option, start with a poster board for the calendar base. Involve your kids. They can even make all the daily add-ons themselves. You can draw the daily add-ons and have your children color them in, make them all yourself, or let the kids have at it totally! If you elect to use felt pens, have the children practice-draw them on paper and then transfer it over to felt.
2. Crafting the Daily Add-Ons
For each day, you create a Halloween-themed picture that you then add, one per day, to your base. Create your own figure, or use and adapt my drawings, which I supply below. One year, I used Halloween cut-outs from old Halloween family photographs for the daily items. You could sketch all the costumes your family has worn and used each of those as a daily add-on. The key is to use your imagination.
While this project certainly can keep from one year to the next, I’ve found it more fun to make a new one each year. It’s inexpensive, and there’s a lot of fun to be had in the creative process.
Using Your Calendar
Keep the daily add-ons separate from the haunted mansion base until that day’s figure is added to the calendar. If you have more than one child, have the children take turns putting on the day’s figure. Remember that the calendar doesn’t have to look professional. My family and I have shared many a giggle over Mom’s “artwork.” The fun is in the process. It is the home-crafted look that makes this project extra spookalishly special.
If you make your own Halloween Advent Calendars, feel free to leave a comment below on how you did! If you have a photo of your calendar, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and he’ll be sure to add it to this article!
Sample Advent Sketches
If you would like, simply click the image below to download your 31 Advent images. A PDF will open up. Simply print the file and cut them out!