This is a holiday tradition that dates back decades.
Never heard of it? Well, it’s simple and fun to do. You just put together a little goody bag of candy and/or fun for your friend or neighbor, typically with a Halloween theme, along with a paper that says they’ve been booed, giving them instructions to boo someone else, and post a sign letting others know they’ve already been booed. This way, if you start early enough, everyone on your street ends up booed by the time Halloween rolls around. It’s fun for the kids to leave the goody bag at the door, ring the doorbell and run…it’s supposed to be anonymous–as part of the thrill.
This year, we decided to make our boo BIG with the local At Home store. At Home is cool for home furnishings, art work, furniture, pillows and such, but also huge for holidays. The Halloween selection is massive right now, complete with inflatables and enough decorations to create your own Haunted House if you had the desire. We were gifted a $250 gift card by our local store to go out and boo a buddy, which we had a blast doing!
We picked up a fun inflatable, some glowing eyes for the garden, a pillow for her rocker out front, even a bunch of candy to put in our boo bag. And we surprised our fabulous neighbor with what we refer to as ‘the best boo ever’.
Of course, you don’t have to go THAT big. Smaller decorations are fun. We found funny signs and pillows for inside. Cute cat images. And lots of ghosts.
Another fun thing you can do for Halloween that’s been super popular with my pals is just to decorate the door. My daughter found this idea on Pinterest and we made it happen in about 10 minutes with about $5 in supplies (foam pieces and painters tape). Ours was so good, another neighbor asked us to do her door, too. The items we found at At Home would have made these really pop, so try to find ways to incorporate those, too.
Fun frights are the best kind, don’t you agree?