The Best Halloween Advent Calendars to Count Down to Trick-or-Treating

Count down to Halloween with these always adorable, sometimes scary advent calendars!

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Updated on September 29, 2023

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Advent calendars are the perfect way to count down to a holiday; and although they're typically associated with Christmas, why should the fun be limited to one time of the year? In fact, we'd argue that the mysterious nature of advent calendars makes them an absolutely perfect pairing for Halloween. Whether you're looking to make October a little more exciting for kids, adults or even pets, get in the mood for some scary fun with these advent calendars leading up to All Hallow's Eve.

There are advent calendars that are already filled with stickers, dog toys or candy, while some are made to be filled with whatever sweet or savory surprise you want. That way, you can customize them for kids with food allergies, fill them with fun toys or even stock them for adults with little bottles of flavored alcohol. Most Halloween advent calendars are for 13 days, but some options on this list span 24 days or even the whole month. From build-it-yourself kits to over-the-top haunted houses, these Halloween advent calendars will surely make your October a total scream.

This 13-day countdown is the perfect find for older kids or kids at heart. It features a treat a day that includes such nostalgic favorites as mallowcream pumpkins, saltwater taffy, candy corn, sour pumpkins and even a fun sugar cookie. And because this is Williams-Sonoma, you know it's going to be high-quality, gourmet candies.

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Each day brings a brand-new surprise with this hanging countdown calendar. Along with their favorite candies, kids will find an adorably shaped felt character inside each of the pockets, which they can use to fill in the haunted house scene found on the calendar's top.

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This adorable advent calendar tells a story of four friends trick-or-treating on Halloween, and behind each house they visit is a scary delicious cookie! There are 13 vanilla butter cookies with citrus royal icing that come with this countdown, and it ships out mid-month to ensure peak freshness.

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This advent calendar is made for horror movie fanatics: Behind each of its 13 doors is a tiny Funko Pop! figurine from a popular scary movie. It features characters from IT, Beetlejuice, The Exorcist, The Lost Boys and more. Hot tip: When you open each door, turn down the lights and watch the movie the character is in. If you dare, of course.

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This advent calendar from popular high-end candy company Sugarfina has eight days on it, which is perfect for those who may have missed the 13-day countdown memo! And best of all, you get a whole lot of unique candy behind each door like Apple Frogs, Vampire Doughnuts, Bat Bites and Graveyard Cookies.

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Fans of Halloween’s spine-tingling thrills and chills will love this 16-inch haunted house calendar. Complete with 24 wooden pullout drawers, LED lighting and laser-cut "windows", it truly is bat-to-the-bone. It should be noted that the drawers on this advent calendar are on the smaller side, so one piece of candy will probably be enough to fill up each one!

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There's nothing frightening about this ghoulish advent calendar from Pottery Barn Kids. We're big fans of its uniquely shaped felt pockets, which come in the form of squares, five-pointed stars and flying ghosts. Want to give it as a gift? Choose the "customize" option at checkout to get a name or initial sewn onto it!

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If you usually buy corresponding costumes for you and your pup to wear every Halloween, you'll paw-sitively love this 13-day countdown calendar from Frisco. It's loaded up with a fun assortment of bone-chilling (see what we did there?!) toys in seasonally appropriate shapes, like bats, monsters, ghosts and candy corns. The brand also has a cat toy version available for purchase, if you're a kitty mom or dad.

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Something wickedly delicious is sure to come your way thanks to this vintage-looking wooden advent calendar. Not only does it come fully assembled, but you can paint it whatever color you want to make it completely one-of-a-kind. The drawers on this one are also a lot bigger than your average advent calendar, so you can put several pieces of the newest Halloween candies inside. Talk about a happy haunting!

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Putting together this adult-friendly, build-it-yourself Halloween tree is sure to keep you adequately entertained on long October nights. Not only does it feature 13 laser-cut holes that perfectly hold miniature bottles of all your favorite alcohol, but you can also use it again next year without anyone knowing it isn't brand new. How's that for getting your boos on?!

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For 31 days, your little one will open a door to reveal a Halloween sticker that's as much fun as it is scary. There's mummies, ghosts, black cats and other surprises inside that will be perfect to wear, add to journals or make personalized Halloween cards for friends and family.

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