One of my favorite Halloween traditions is “Booing” our neighbors. Have you ever been “Booed” – do you have any idea what I am talking about? Let me tell you all about Booing your neighbors and give you a free printable Boo sign!
My oldest was six months old when we were first Booed. Now it is as much a part of Halloween in our house as trick-or-treating. Here’s what happens.
Sometime in October, the doorbell rings. When you go to answer it, there is no one there — except a small basket of treats and a note. The note tells of a phantom ghost that has come to town to spread Halloween fun. Once you are Booed, you are challenged to spread the fun within two days by delivering a Boo gift to two neighbors. To ensure everyone gets to be part of the fun, you are also instructed to hang a Boo sign on your door for the rest of the season to let other ghosts know you have already been visited.
Sounds like fun, right? It is.
It is also fun to drive around the neighborhood and see all of the paper ghosts hanging on the doors, more and more appear throughout the month as the Boo is spread.
Plus it is as much fun to deliver the treats as it is to receive them because it is always a challenge to not be seen!
Last week, my daughter and I headed out to look for Halloween supplies. We found tons of great Boo basket treats. Everything was so reasonably priced that I was able to load up our baskets.
What goes into a Boo basket? You can fill your Boo basket with anything. When my daughter was six months old, our thoughtful neighbor included toddler snacks and a plastic pumpkin bowl. I try to tailor our baskets to the family a little bit (making sure there are enough treats for all of the kids in the house). Ideas include:
- Spider rings
- Halloween pencils
- Halloween cups, bowls, etc.
- Halloween note pads
- Glow-in-the-dark stuff
- Halloween jewelry
- Halloween stickers
- Halloween coloring/activity books
- Halloween trinkets/decorations
- Free Printable Halloween Word Search
- Free Printable Halloween Tic Tac Toe game
After spending way too much time considering our selections, we finally settled on a basket full of fun treats. Our overflowing baskets cost $7 each and were so much fun to put together.
Part of the Boo tradition is to include the Boo poem and a ghost to be hung on the door. To make Booing a little more fun, I decided to design a cute Boo sign and poem.
To download your free Boo poem and Boo sign, click on the image below. That will bring up a PDF that you can print. Both of the images are sized to fit on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.