Example Halloween Boo Basket

BOO! The Halloween tradition of "Booing" your friends, neighbors, or colleagues is when you anonymously leave someone a basket of treats to find during spooky season! The recipient is then supposed to boo someone else, and so on and so forth until Halloween arrives. It is the perfect way to spread some joy during the start of fall season and to get into the Halloween spirit!

Here are the steps on how to boo your neighbor during Halloween:

  1. Gather your supplies. You'll need a basket or bag, some treats, and a "You've Been Booed" sign (which you can find at KIKIANDNIM on Etsy). You can also grab some other fun decorations like mini spiders, disco balls, or ribbons to dress up your boo basket.
  2. Fill your basket with treats. You can include anything you like but some popular choices are candy, cookies, popcorn, and drinks. For adults try mini bottles, cozy socks, gift cards, or candles. In an office setting cute office supplies, office desk accessories and kind notes go a long way. If you know your neighbors have kids, you might want to include some small toys, games, or friendship bracelets.
  3. Add a "You've Been Booed" sign. You can find cute boo signs at KIKIANDNIM on Etsy that include cutouts to make mini pennant flags, tags, and ribbons. The set also includes instructions for you to print out on how to boo the next person!
  4. Deliver your boo basket in secret! Choose a time when you won’t be caught, so you can leave the basket anonymously. If it is a neighbor, you can either ring the doorbell and run, or just leave it on the porch. If in the office wait for that person to have a meeting or leave for the day.
  5. Wait for the boo train to start! Once your recipient finds their boo basket, they'll be excited to boo the next person. And so on, and so on.

Booing is such a fun, easy, and affordable way to spread some Halloween cheer. You can start whenever you want but it is typical to start mid to late September. Grab some printables, get a few treats and start the spooky season fun in your circle!

Here are some additional tips for booing during Halloween:

  • Consider the age of your neighbors. If you have young children in your neighborhood, you might want to include some age-appropriate treats in your boo basket.
  • If you know your neighbors well, you can personalize your boo basket. For example, if your neighbor loves to cook, you could include some new cookbooks or kitchen gadgets.
  • Get creative with your decorations. You can add some fun Halloween decorations to your boo basket, like a ghost, a pumpkin, or a spider web. Printable cutouts are a great way to diy some boo basket decorations as well.
  • Have fun with it and Happy Halloween!

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