Boo to You!

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Did you get booed yet?"

So goes the question around our neighborhood. In cruising the internet the last few days, I've discovered that the Boo-Bucket is not a new concept, but it was new to us this year. In case you haven't heard, the idea is to leave a bucket, bag or basket of Halloween treats on your neighbor's front porch, with a note instructing them to do the same to two other neighbors over the next two nights. The package includes a friendly ghost, to display on your door, showing everyone that you have been "booed." The back of the ghost reads:

The air is cool, the season is fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.

Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore,
Tricky witches at your door.

The spooks are after things to do,
In fact a spook brought this "Boo" to you!

The excitement comes when friends like you,
Copy this note and make it two.

We'll all have smiles upon our faces,
No one will know who "Boo"ed who's places!

Just two short days to work your spell,
Keep it secret, hide it well.

Please join the fun, the season is here.
Just spread these "Boo's" and Halloween cheer.

The Boo-Bucket we received included silly straws, stickers, and a bit of candy. The Boo-Bags we sneakily delivered included play doh and pumpkin-shaped cups.

This is a nice way to meet some neighbors. While the boys and I were outside the other day, we met a mom and daughter from one street over, who were looking for the ghosts on doors. Later, we saw them dashing back and forth, delivering two Boo-Baskets, without getting caught.

Does your neighborhood do this, or have another nice Halloween tradition? Please share.

If your neighborhood needs some activities, maybe you can start the Boo! tradition tonight. . . I won't tell that it was you.

P.S. Speaking of good neighbors - check out this blog, chronicling our church's mission trip to Nicaragua this week.

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  1. We got Boo-ed, and Madeline LOVED it! This is the first neighborhood that we've lived in that does this sort of thing, and I love it. Madeline and I had fun delivering our Boo bags although I'm pretty sure we were not terribly secretive seeing as how Madeline walked right up to the doors and starting yelling "Boo!!" at the top of her lungs, and she didn't want to run away. She wanted to stay and chat with our "new friends" as she says. Such fun! :)