With just a week until Halloween, it’s time to get your Boo on! Booing is a fabulous Halloween tradition that we’ve celebrated with neighbors for years, both when our children were much younger in Virginia and now here in North Carolina as they’ve grown older. Its a family activity that everyone enjoys which speaks volumes since they span elementary all the way through to college aged. Some years we are the first to get the Booing started and others we are taken by surprise when someone beats us to starting this chain of fun. Because Halloween falls on a Friday next week, this weekend is the perfect time to start some neighborhood mischief with only the best intentions in mind. Here is how to Boo:
Find a Boo sign and poem to share.
You can find all kinds of great ideas online and my pick for this year comes from TheTomKatStudio.com. I love the lime color and dots everywhere ~ it just stands out and is a nice refresh on the standard Halloween fare.
Assemble Boo treat bags.
Treat bags are a breeze to pull together ~ think easy things like pencils, spider rings, jelly skeletons, candy, scary glasses ~ whatever you’d like to include. As you can see from the photo above, I like to use old school plastic pumpkins because they can handle awkward shaped items if we choose to include them and they can be repurposed by the recipient in their Halloween decor. As the kids get older or if you want to include neighbors without kids at home, you can upscale their Boo treat bags with candles, spooky nail polish, a small gift card and the like.
Pick two neighbors to Boo!
Booing is basically ding dong ditch with a gift. You pick a home without a sign, go up when its dark, ring the bell and run. The sign tells the next family what they are supposed to do and by the time you arrive at Halloween you’ll find the neighborhood full of friendly fun.
I’m always looking for ways to bind our family together with traditions that will carry forward to our children’s children. I’m hopeful that holiday traditions like Booing at Halloween will create fond and life long memories of childhood that as parents, my children will love to pass on. Booing is just plain fun. Our younger daughter is our only trick or treater this year but her brothers are still engaged with her when we sneak out to stir up some mischief. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the last weekend before Halloween. Tell me…
Do you have a Boo Tradition in your neighborhood?
For more ideas for all kinds of Halloween fun, from games to decor and so much more, check out our Halloween Pinterest Board. Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!