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Halloween Countdown Calendar

Today I’m going to show you how to create a super fun Halloween Countdown Calendar using some fun goodies from May Arts and Tombow!


To begin, stamp the pumpkin image 31 times on white cardstock in orange ink.

Cut out each pumpkin and set aside.

Cut the numbers from the calendar.  Cut these rather closely, as they will be added to the punched bats later on.

Punch 31 bats from the chalkboard cardstock and color their bellies with white colored pencil.  Your numbers will go over the white part to make them more visible.

Adhere the numbers to the white bellies of the bats.  Adhere the bats with foam tabs to the corner of each pumpkin.

Lay out your pumpkins and measure lengths of each ribbon (equal lengths).  Be sure to leave extra at the top for the loop and a bit at the bottom to finish it off.  Stitch or glue the two strips of ribbon together.

Cut a dragon tongue at the top of the ribbon, fold over, and insert brad to create a hanging loop.

Adhere hook and loop tabs from Tombow onto the back of each pumpkin and adhere to ribbon.  This will allow you to remove the pumpkins once the calendar is finished and put them up each day for your countdown!

Stamp a title panel and layer on chalkboard paper.  Adhere to the top of the banner.

Adhere pennies to the backside at the bottom of the banner to weight it as it hangs.

Hang your calendar from the wall, remove the pumpkins and add one each day from bottom to top beginning on the 1st of October!

Here is a photo of the full length hanging.  It’s super fun!

Blog post by: Jingle


Hop on over to the Tombow Blog for more inspiration!

Be sure to leave plenty of comments to win!


  1. LinhC

    Cute!  It would be so neat for the little kiddos!

  2. Denise Bryant

    Very fun countdown calendar!

  3. Virginia Fynes

    Great idea! My kiddos would love this

  4. Carmen

    I probably won't do this for Halloween, but it could be easily adapted for an Advent calendar – thanks for the idea!

  5. Monika/buzsy

    What a neat calendar idea Jingle. Love the sweet pumpkings.

  6. [vicki}

    love this! tfs

  7. Kathy P

    Oh, my grandkids would love to have this on Oct. 1st!  What fun!

  8. Sue D

    Cute idea–love the ribbon you used.

  9. Debbie Fisher

    What a fun project! Thank you May Arts for all the lovely ribbon you sent the Tombow DT!

  10. rush

    cute project.  thank you for sharing.

  11. Janj

    Darling idea!  Thank you for the details!

  12. Kim H

    lol love this idea.  not sure I could fussy cut, but can use one of my die cutting machines to do the work for me. thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Ruth G

    Super fun! Wonderful that you can use it over and over and Halloween is definitely a good holiday for the kids to count down to!!! TFS!

  14. sharon gullikson

    WOW, I LOVE those pumpkins. I need to try to find them.

  15. mary s. - aka Big Mamma

    What a great idea.  Love it.

  16. Kristie Maynard

    Very cute project. TFS!

  17. Emily H

    Very creative! Seeing that ribbon makes me want it.

  18. Miriam Prantner

    How fun is this?!  Mmmmmm I can taste the candy already!

  19. Barb Ghigliotty

    OMGosh, what a CUTE idea!!! Thanks!

  20. Charlene

    Too Cute!

  21. Jamie Greene

    This is awesome!:)

  22. monica

    What a fun idea Jingle – great job.

  23. AnnetteH

    Cute Cute Idea!
    It would be fun to do for a countdown to Christmas, birthday or when a loved one is returning home!

  24. Cheryl Hutcherson

    This is just too cute!

  25. erin

    Wow, way to fussy cut out all thoes pumpkins girl, my boys would love this calendar.


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