I love Halloween. It is easily one of my favorite holidays. One of my favorite traditions at this time of year is “Boo-ing” friends and neighbors.
“Boo-ing” is a friendly tradition where you secretly leave goodies, along with a Boo sign and instructions on a friend or neighbor’s doorstep. (It’s doorbell ditching at its finest.) The person who receives the Boo is asked to “Boo” others, but it’s not mandatory. Some have called “You’ve Been Boo’d” the chain letter of trick-or-treating, but participation isn’t required, or even expected—it’s just a nice way to add sweetness to people’s days on Halloween.
This tradition started in my house years ago. I did it with my children and now I try to make a point to involve my grandchildren. It is one of the ways I try to teach them (by example) what it means to bring good to others.
There are many different ways that people “Boo,” and I don’t think there’s any right or wrong way, as it’s just a fun little way to bring a bit of Halloween excitement to someone.
The simple idea behind this is:
- You give out goodies! If there’s one thing I love about the holidays, it’s the treats.
- It gets you and your family mingling with the neighbors.
- “You’ve Been Booed” has its very own lyrical ode, à la “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” in the form of a Halloween “Boo” poem.
The rules are like a chain letter. To “boo” someone, you sneak onto their doorstep in the dark of night, leave a small bucket of tricks and treats, ring the bell and skedaddle.
Then, the person who has been “Boo’d,” puts a sign in their window saying they’ve been “Boo’d,” (there are dozens of printables on Pinterest here) and then they in turn can “Boo” to 2 other houses. The ptintables we used were from Catch My Party.
This is our Boo this year. SO simple and easy to put together.
Last year we made Tootsie Roll Pops for my granddaughters kindergarten class, Zare wanted to make them again this year and put them in the Boo Buckets. We improvised since I didn’t have the cheesecloth or google eyes. We used coffee filters and drew the face on with a Sharpie. I think for a spur of the moment craft our little ghosts turned out great. You can see how to make them here.
We put them all in a bucket I picked up at Target, along with the sign that explains what they are and how being “Boo’d” works. Simply print the free poem and fill a basket or bag with inexpensive Halloween items like stickers, candy, glow sticks etc (think Dollar Store or Target One Spot!) and secretly place the “Boo” basket on your family, friends, or neighbors doorsteps. Ring the bell and run away. It’s so fun for the kids to participate – my grandkids love to give these even more than they like receiving them. Enjoy!
This is a fun surprise that is left outside someone’s door without them knowing who left it. This is what childhood memories are made of—happiness, excitement, wonder!