Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fun Halloween Activities - Boo Your Neighbor

So, I had never heard of this tradition until this past week.  I was visiting a friend, and when I walked up to her doorstep, I noticed a cute basket of Halloween goodies.  There was also a "Boo" sign on her screen door.

I asked her what it was, and she explained that she had been "Booed."  I was intrigued.  Basically once you've been booed, you have 2 days to boo 2 of your neighbors.  The tradition starts at the beginning of October, and hopefully by Halloween, everyone in the neighborhood has been booed.  She said her kids love it.  They come home and scream "We've been booed!"  And then they help their mom make baskets for the other families in the neighborhood.

I immediately fell in love with the idea, and it even comes with its own poem and easy instructions.  If you'd like to spread the Halloween Cheer, feel free to download a copy of the poem here.  There are definitely a few variations out there, but after browsing the internet, this version was my favorite.  I found it on Bunny Cakes Blog.  It actually looks like she has a new version with a chevron design as well, but I did not see it until after I had already made my baskets.

I included some goldfish crackers and kids' board books, since I know one of our neighbors has small
children.  I actually made 3 baskets just in case someone did not want to do it.  I have never lived in a neighborhood that did this, so I am hoping it will take off, and we will have a new fun Halloween tradition started.  I have to say I had a lot of fun putting the baskets together.  The funnest part was definitely delivering the baskets.  I first took a walk around my neighborhood to scout which houses I wanted to "Boo."  I chose our closest neighbor who has 2 young children, another neighbor who looks like he is building a haunted house, and another random one.  I hope I chose well.  I really tried to channel my stealthy ninja skills when I dropped them off.  I have since then realized that I do not have stealthy ninja skills.  When I was delivering the baskets, my heart was racing so fast that I started sweating, and my adrenaline was also pumping pretty hard.  It was a fun rush though.  At one point, my neighbor had his garage open just a little bit, and I could hear him moving around.  I thought, of course, the best route would be to cut across the grass to his front door, but I immediately regretted it when the sound of crunching leaves under my feet accompanied me across the entire lawn!  Lol.  I did safely deliver it to the door though and ran off as quickly as I could without him coming out.

I guess I'll just wait now and see if my efforts pay off.  Hopefully, I'll start to see little Boo signs pop up in people's windows.  Do you have any fun Halloween traditions?  Or do you Boo in your neighborhood already?  I'd love to hear from you.


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