Can you believe it is already October? If you are like many people (myself included) you enjoy this month because the weather is finally starting to cool off, football is in gear, and Halloween gives you an opportunity to have some fun!
One of our favorite traditions is to Boo one (or more) of your friends and neighbors. You’ve Been Booed is a fun tradition where neighbors secretly leave a small gift basket, a BOO poem, BOO instructions, and a BOO sign at a neighbor’s doorstep. Generally people BOO 2 or 3 neighbors and it is fun to see the exponential growth that comes from these Boos. Soon your neighborhood will be popping with I’ve been Booed signs.
Why should you participate?
Besides the fact that it is fun, everyone likes surprises and it is a way to get involved in your neighborhood.
Do I have to spend a lot of money on the 2 or 3 people I Boo?
No! Go to the dollar store and pick up some fun Halloween items!
Should I tell the people I am Booing?
No, it should be a fun surprise! We all have “comfort zone friends” but I recommend going outside this zone and choosing a couple of your boos for neighbors you might not be as close with. Is there a shy neighbor that you think would get a kick out of being booed? Should I get my kids involved?
Yes! They will love being a part of the “surprise”.
Is Halloween the only holiday you can do something like this?
No! All Holidays warrant this type of creativity. If you want to do this around December, you can “Elf” your neighbors.
What are some example items I can include in my boo basket?Candy (make sure it won’t melt on the door step), wine glasses, Halloween dish towels, fake teeth, You’ve Been Booed sign for their door, glow in the dark items, wine, colas, popcorn, cookie cutters, etc.
Why do you have to include a “You’ve Been Booed” sign?The purpose of the sign it to let others know that the resident has already been booed and for others to have a turn. You can print out or make a paper sign, but I like the idea of finding a more permanent sign that is a decoration!
Last year Christa and I had a blast booing several of our neighbors. We found cute items at the dollar store and probably spent about $7.00 a basket. I need to start stocking up on boo basket items after the holiday when it is all on sale so that I can use it the following year.
First, boo hoo…Not everyone will get into the tradition. If you suspect your neighbor would not be into “booing” someone else, it is your call on whether you want to choose that person. I read a blog written by a lady who said she hated this tradition and was glad she moved to a neighborhood where her neighbors don’t partake. I couldn’t help feel sorry for her because she seemed to be such a Debbie Downer. I get that we are all busy, but sometimes if you are such a nay sayer and never partake in activities, the next thing you know your children will be grown and then you might regret not putting more effort into these types of things.
For those of you who are interested in this activity, you can go on Pinterest and find a ton of really cute boo ideas! Also, there are lots of sites that have free boo printable. Our question for you, what would you put in a Boo Basket and what would you want in your basket?