Countdown to Christmas: Our ‘Halloween Candy’ Advent

We used Halloween Candy for our Advent Calendar this year!

We used Halloween Candy for our Advent Calendar this year!

I was in the store before December started and saw the little cardboard advent calendars they sell where you open up a square on the page for each day counting down to Christmas.  I didn’t buy the three I needed (one for each child) at the time, and instead I instantly thought of the candy we had sitting in bags in the pantry left-over from Halloween.

Not really knowing how to do this, I thought of the advent calendars I have seen on instructables.com (one of my favorite websites!) and decided to use that candy to Countdown for Christmas.

The result of the above thought process is this calendar.  It takes up quite a bit of space on our table, but the Halloween candy is getting eaten, distributed evenly, and the children always know what day it is.  It’s a visual reminder to my littlest children of how many days are left until Christmas.

I present Our Halloween Candy Advent Calendar.

Halloween Candy used in these cups to eat each day as we countdown to Christmas.

Halloween Candy used in these cups to eat each day as we countdown to Christmas.

MaterialsMaterials I used:

  • Left over Halloween candy
  • Plastic Cups with Lids – We used two packages of Solo Grips to Go cups purchased from Target
  • Scrapbooking number stickers or a sharpie marker

CupsPlace stickers

Place sticker number on cup.

Place sticker number on cup.

I had several left over sheets of scrapbooking alphabet/number stickers from my scrapbooking hey-days.  It took me about thirty (30) minutes to place all the stickers on the cups, and I just started at one and went to twenty-five.

A black sharpie marker would probably have gone faster and would have also sufficed to number the cups.

The cups came in festive red and green cups, and we alternated between the two colors each day as the month progressed.

Fill up the cupsMy children picked out candy for each day, which took a good half-hour, and the 2-year old stopped being interested in filling the cups around cup number 7.

Putting on LidsWe covered the cups with the lids, and considering we did this craft on December 1st, the kids got to eat the candy for day one, something they were very happy about!

Opening up the cup for the dayBetter candy and countdown than just a small chocolate in a cardboard box right?

I think yes.

 


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