In our family, we love to do countdowns of all sorts, be it for birthdays, trips, or holidays. I shared last year about the Advent cookie tree I make to count down the days until Christmas each year, and that idea is what prompted me to come up with the project I’m sharing today: a Halloween Countdown Tree, which I am calling our Trick or Tree!
Here’s how it works: For each of the days leading up to Halloween, there is a numbered tag. The fun part is, though, that when you flip over each tag, you’ll find a surprise!
If you see “Treat!” you get to pick out something from a special treat bucket: candy, toys and other small goodies…
…but watch out for the tags that say “Trick!” Those mean that there is something mischievous in store for you in the trick bucket: whoopie cushions, silly glasses, creepy critter toys and more!
For my display, I purchased a spooky tree in the Halloween section at Jo-Ann, but you could easily substitute a tree branch spray-painted black for a DIY alternative.
I then printed out my numbered countdown labels, and my corresponding “trick” and “treat” labels. (All of the labels are available for free download below.) I used a 2-inch circle punch to cut out each label, and then I used a small hole punch to make a hole in the top center of each one.
I used my Epic machine to cut bat, moon and spider embellishments for my tags using the new Halloween dies from Lifestyle Crafts, and I punched a hole in each shape.
I then threaded my two labels, stacked back to back, and one of the die cut embellishments onto a length of baker’s twine, and tied the twine in a knot, leaving tails of twine to secure each tag onto my tree with a pretty bow.
I love how our tree looks displayed on our Halloween mantel!
I added some white pom-pom trim and a black crow from the dollar store for extra pizzazz.
I made 7 “Treat” tags and 6 “Trick” tags for our tree. I can hardly wait to start the countdown with my kiddos! (I opted to do a 13-day countdown, but there are tags available for all 31 days of October if you prefer.)
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