There is a new Halloween tradition in town and it’s called Booing. Have you heard of it? Has anyone on your block been Boo’d? Well, if you don’t know about it, don’t worry, this will help get you in on the action. It really is a fun way to kick-off the Halloween season and strengthen ties with neighbors. I've even heard of some people starting the Boo tradition in their office. So, what is Booing?
Basically, you put together a goodie-basket of Halloween treats for a neighbor, leave the basket at their door when they aren’t looking, ring their bell and run. They then have to follow the instructions and do the same for another neighbor. And so on, and so on.
Hopefully it will spread around the neighborhood so that everyone gets a basket. Since Booing is new and people may not be familiar with it, you may need to take the lead and kick start the tradition. To get everyone started and keep the chain going, you might need to Boo two neighbors to start it all off. To give everyone enough time to participate (buy some goodies and reciprocate) you should get started by the middle of October.
Here’s how to start the tradition in your neighborhood. Let the Halloween Boo-ing begin!
1. Have the kids help you put together your Boo Basket filled with Halloween treats. Here’s a post with ideas on what to put in the Halloween Boo basket besides candy.
2. Write a mysterious note encouraging everyone to keep the chain going, or download and print out one of these free printable Boo Poems from KeepingLifeCreative.com, TomKat Studios, and SkiptoMyLou.org to include in the basket.
3. Download and print off a “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign to put in the basket. In addition to the links above, I like the ones from Amanda Parker and Family Blog, or the Anders Ruff Blog.
4. Pick a neighbor to Boo, leave the basket on their doorstep, ring their doorbell, and run. (The kids LOVE this part.)
5. Once you have been Boo’d, make sure you put your sign on the door to let all of your neighbors know, so you don’t get hit multiple times.
If you have a fun neighborhood and everyone participates, you’ll see Boo signs on all the doors on your block. Have fun!
Have you ever been Boo'd?
Sue Kirchner is a family fun coach, kids party planner, and weekly contributor to Patch.com. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on TV, newspapers, magazines, blogs, as well as her own family fun site ChocolateCakeMoments.com.