It is that time of year, almost Halloween, and this week is a great week to Boo your neighbors. Not familiar with this tradition? Well, let me explain.
“Booing” your neighbors and friends is a great way to build excitement for Halloween (not that the average kid needs more excitement building!). You create a little gift bag, with a couple treats or toys, and drop it off on your neighbors porch in the dark of night, along with a little poem. Here is the Boo poem I used this year, which came from a prior Boo:
This treat is for you, and we hope you enjoy!
“BOOING” is easy, one we hope you employ!
Keep your “BOO” on your door,
so you don’t get “BOOOED” too much.
And help spread the fun, with a special ghostly touch!
Pass “BOO” along to three other friends,
and a treat to ensure the fun never ends!
Also, I included a little hand-drawn sign with a couple ghosts which reads “We’ve Been Hit By the Boo Bandit”. This is the sign your recipients will put on their outside window or door, so they don’t get Boo’d twice.
Last year, the Boo packages contained a little something for the parents – I wrapped everything up in a cute Halloween-themed kitchen towel. You can also use little buckets or plastic Halloween pumpkins.
As you can see, I got a little Martha Stewart on the Boo Bags this year, and created little pumpkin cut outs, and printed the poem on the back. We filled the bags with silly candy lips, Halloween Pez dispensers, bouncy balls and Halloween caution tape.
If you are looking for something quick-n-dirty, you can print everything out from the computer and just include a bag of candy, or check out some of the pre-made Boo kits sold at your local drugstore.
For printable signs and ideas, check out the Halloween BOO Poem and Signs, You’ve Been Booed Halloween Craft Project, and How to Start the Halloween Boo in your Neighborhood.
And don’t limit yourself to just your neighborhood – I remember BOOing my co-workers a couple years ago, they all thought it was hysterical!