Over the weekend I noticed something on our front porch. It wasn't a mail package, but a cute Halloween box full of Halloween goodies! Attached to the box was a small sign saying "You've Been Booed!" Inside the box was lots of candy, Halloween stuff (eyeball salt and pepper shakers, a solar dancing pumpkin, a growing zombie, cookie cutters, a kitchen towel - you get the idea). I wish I could say I had a picture of the box, but my kids (and me) tore it apart looking for all the goodies. How fun!
Turns out, this is the idea of Tricia at Nola Mommy from 2011. It's a fun way to get to know your neighbors - even if it is a bit anonymously - and a fun activity for your kids who are either too young to trick or treat or can't in the neighborhood. This is like the reverse trick or treat! Here is the original "You've Been Booed" sign along with the complete instructions and free printables from Nola Mommy:
We couldn't wait to put our own "boo baskets" together for two of our neighbors. It wasn't very expensive - we used some cool metal pails we've had for a while for containers and then added little items from the Dollar Store and Target. It was fun to find ring pop eyeballs and bloody vampire teeth. The dish towels from Target are a cute addition too! Here's what our finished products look like, all ready for "booing":
Don't these pumpkins look like little waiters?
I really love this idea, but I can't take credit for starting it in my neighborhood. Some nice anonymous neighbor did that! These would be great for a lot of holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. The possibilities are endless and you can never get too much community going on, especially when you live in an area where neighbors don't tend to know each other.
Don't forget to check out the full directions at Nola Mommy and happy booing!