CHICAGO — There’s a ton going on during Spooky Season so it’s important to keep a calendar handy in order to keep track of it all.
While I was planning out my posts for the rest of the year, I realized Halloween wasn’t the only day worth noting on my planner. There are countdowns, pumpkin spice launch days and so much MORE! I figured I wasn’t the only one wondering what dates to keep an eye on — so I decided to make a calendar filled with important spooky dates for 2022.
One of the biggest things all of us in the fall/Halloween fandom want to know is when our favorite store is bringing out their Halloween inventory. But the thing is, a lot of stores are very secretive about the exact date they drop their items. So what I like to do is jot down what date they came out the previous year. The dates usually don’t vary too much, and keeping track of the previous year gives me an idea of when to check if a store’s items have arrived. So if you take a look at the calendar below, some of the dates listed are actually from last year. However, I still felt they were worth noting so we can use those days as a way to keep track of our favorite stores.
Each month, I will post the new calendar for you to download and print out. Newsletters subscribers get them earlier, so be sure to sign up if you want early access. If there are any other stores/dates you want to see, let me know.
PLEASE NOTE: This page will be updated throughout Spooky Season as I continue to add more dates and events. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back.
July 4: U.S. Independence Day. Last major holiday that hits the shelves before Halloween comes out (not including back-to-school which some major retailers stock before Halloween).
July 5: The unofficial start of Spooky Season. Prepare to have your timeline packed with fall!
July 6: Splash of Spooky officially launches with brand new content.
Mid-July: Bath and Body works brings out fall scents. Date varies by location.
Mid-End of July: Michaels puts out fall harvest items. Date varies by location.
July 22: This is the date in 2021 I confirmed the Pumpkin Spice Latte release date with Starbucks. I will try to confirm this year’s date around this time.
July 23: 100 days until Halloween
Throughout the month: Target releases Halloween pre-orders online.
Aug. 5: Splash of Spooky T-Shirt Drop on Etsy
Aug. 17: Dunkin Donuts releases new fall flavors and returning favorites
Aug. 30: Pumpkin Spice Latte, fall favorites return to Starbucks
Aug. 31: Freeform usually shares “31 Nights of Halloween” schedule this day.
Throughout the month: Spirit Halloween stores begin to pop up.
Sept 1: Hello September. People outside the fandom begin to celebrate fall now.
Sept. 2-5: Labor Day Weekend is typically when pumpkin patches open for the season.
Sept. 5. Labor Day
Early September: Target releases Halloween in-store
Early September: Party City brings out Halloween items, costumes in-stores
Sept. 11: 50 days until Halloween
Sept 22: First official day of fall
Sept. 30: “Hocus Pocus 2” releases exclusively on Disney+
Oct. 1: Hello, October. Nice to see you. Instagram lights up on Oct. 1 with tons of posts.
Oct. 1: Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween begins. Check out their lineup.
Oct. 14: “Halloween Ends” premieres in theaters and on Peacock
Oct. 31: Halloween
Nov. 1: Hello November
Nov. 23: Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest party days of the year
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving, the last holiday of the spooky season.
Nov. 25: Black Friday, or as everyone likes to call it “the start of the Christmas season.”
That’s it for now! Keep checking back throughout the season for more dates to put on your calendar.