A couple years ago, a few girlfriends and I saw the Pottery Barn Kids Advent Calendar. We knew we wanted one, but didn't want to pay for it! I also know that I wanted it to match the colors I use for Halloween. So, we decided to make our own. This is mine...
This is how it looks before being properly stuffed!
I start early finding items for my calendar. Some stores, like Michael's and JoAnne's get their Halloween dollar section in early - beginning in August! I also start hearing about it from my kids in August. This year I told them if I heard one more thing about the Halloween Advent Calendar, there would be no Halloween Advent Calendar at our house this year. It didn't work. They still talk about it, but who can blame them? Look how cute it is!!!
Here are some of the pocket stuffers.
You notice the t-shirt? I know it won't fit in a pocket, but I buy my kids Hallooween t-shirts every year for around $5 each. (They make nice pajamas after October.) I put a little piece of card stock I have cut into the shape of a t-shirt. They pull it out the first day, and get their shirts.
I used to think I had to keep everything in the wrappers, but now, I unwrap things if the packaging is too large, and just stick the stuff in. Looks cuter that way anyway.
The individual pockets are SO DARLING! I have to show you just a few of my favorites up close and personal.
Cute - right? I used some felt stickers, and some heavy dimensional paper stickers. At first, I thought I would stick to just the felt stickers, but there were SO MANY darling high quality paper stickers, that I just couldn't resist, and started using them as well. I even ended up covering up a few of the numbers with the cute little characters.
Here are the pockets all full:
This can cost as much to fill every year as you want. You can do candy only, or you can go a little nuts - like me. The kids are only young once - right?