Halloween Countdown

I’ve made it a tradition to make an advent calendar for my favorite holidays and events.  I’ve been making custom designed magnetic favor tins with a fun surprise each day inside the tin.  Each day there is a different activity, treat, or something special to unveil.

Check out the other countdown’s I’ve put together:

For Halloween, I decided there are enough treats throughout the month and I don’t feel creative enough to come up with 31 activities to do each day, so I decided the surprise in the tin would be a new joke each day.  The jokes are totally cheesy and are perfect for kids.

Halloween Countdown Tutorial


Print the Halloween patterns for the favor tins then cut the numbers into a circle shape using a 2″ circle paper punch.  My favorite paper punch is this squeeze punch by Fiskars.

Cover each circle with Modge Podge.

Place into the top of the favor tin so it is attached to the clear plastic.

Let the Modge Podge dry.

While the tops of the tins are drying, tape the jokes to the bottom of the tins.

Once the tops are dry, tape the punchlines to the lids of the tins.  When you open the tin, you will see the joke at the bottom of the tin and the punchline will be in the lid.

Glue the magnets onto the tins with E-6000.  I’ve tried to glue the magnets with a hot glue and some of the magnets peel off.

With 31 tins, I needed a larger magnetic board than I’ve used with the other countdowns I’ve created.  I used math to calculate how large of a board I would need.  It turned out that a 10 x 20 frame would work perfect and I happened to have one on hand.  Score.

Measure a metal sheet (I picked mine up at Lowe’s in the roofing section) to the appropriate size, then cut with metal cutters.

Place the metal in the frame so the metal is flush with the frame.

Place the tins on the metal frame and…

you are ready to countdown to Halloween!

You’re done!

Download Halloween Countdown

Download Halloween Jokes Printable Circles

Download Halloween Joke Punch Line Circles

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  1. says

    I love these! I recently found those Wilton tins on sale and I was very tempted to grab them up but I thought to myself I needed to have purpose for them first… and now I do! Hope they are still at the store! 😉

  2. says

    Awesome! My weekly linky party–One Creative Weekend–has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit “One Creative Weekend” on OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.) There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

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