Advent calendars — which feature paper doors that, nowadays, more popularly reveal chocolate or some other treat — aren’t solely a Christmas holiday tradition used to help excitedly count down the days. No, no, no, my friend; Halloween Advent calendars are certainly a ~thing~, and we are 100 percent on board with this holiday crossover.
A little history lesson before we get into what you really came here for, though: Advent calendars date back to the mid-19th century. While the first known Advent calendar was made in 1851 by handwork and the first printed Advent calendar was released in the early 1900s, historians believe Advent has been celebrated since the 4th Century. Previously, German Protestants would draw chalk marks on doors every day leading up to Christmas.
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Again, Advent calendars are traditionally a Christmas tradition, but it’s the year 2019, and we’ve apparently decided to adopt even it earlier in the year: to count down the days leading up to Halloween.
Halloween Advent calendars range from spooky, in the shape of haunted houses, to the elaborate, with tiny drawers that pull out to reveal a creepy-crawly treat (or, you know, Reese’s pumpkins) — and everything in-between.
Ahead, we’ve gathered some of the best Halloween Advent calendars we could find.
Wooden haunted house
Wooden haunted house, $180 at StardustKay/Etsy
Halloween 31-day countdown, $120.71 at NearKissStudio/Etsy
Felt monster house
Felt, magnetic countdown calendar, $20 at SugarHouseShop/Etsy
Countdown with spinning wheels
Countdown with spinning wheels, $22 at Amazon
Wall-hanging countdown, $23.99 at Amazon
Calendar with detachable ghosts, $13.99 at Amazon
Nightmare Before Christmas
Nightmare Before Christmas calendar, $59.99 at The Bradford Exchange
Sofa throw countdown, $29.99 at eBay
Personalized calendar banner, $34.99 at Lillian Vernon
Coffee Advent calendar
Daily K-Cup Halloween Advent calendar, $77 at Mandini904/Etsy
Wooden, hand-painted countdown
Wooden, hand-painted countdown, $275 at JohnnyUNamath/Etsy
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