In the spirit of the spooky (yet fun) season, a relatively new (to me) practice is taking neighborhoods by storm. The practice of leaving treats BEFORE Halloween on someone’s doorstep. Ring the doorbell, knock and scoot! Be gone. I’ve seen it called ‘Boo Gram,’ ‘Halloween Phantom Boo,’ ‘Treats, not Tricks,’ ‘Ghost Gram,’ ‘Boo Basket.’ I’m sure there are many variations.
The gesture is a fun way to spread cheer among neighbors. You can take into the office for coworkers, into school for classmates, teachers, administration, security and environmental staff, deliver as a pick-me-up for hospital patients *check with the Child Life Department for children’s hospitals and the Volunteer Department for adult hospitals to see what items they allow in gift baskets.* You can leave boo gifts in the mailbox for mail carriers, take one to your favorite stylist, business owner – you get the idea. You can adapt the size and scope and not just reserve for your neighbors.
It’s funny, I knew I was going to write about this today and guess what? We got ‘Booed’ last night! My kids have already eaten the yummy cookies someone made us, but here is what remains of our special delivery.
Last year was the first we participated. For our neighbors without young kids living in the home, I adapted the contents (see below). You can spend as much or as little as you like. I try to keep the treats to about $12 each and most instructions I’ve seen direct you to make two treat baskets or bags to leave for friends/neighbors. Trust me, if you do this, and they find out you were the culprit, you will be friends! I find it especially nice for people new to the hood. But mix it up, leave treats for new people each year.
Ideas for Kids: Halloween-themed stickers, bubbles, glow sticks, dollar store trinkets, coloring books or coloring pages, sugar-free gum, disposable camera, craft projects, roll of cookie dough & sprinkles (make sure they are home and can retrieve goodies so they don’t sit out!), decorations, candy, orange drink boxes or a bottle of Sunny Delight, popcorn packets, hot chocolate packets, cinnamon applesauce cups, mini pumpkins & markers, a dozen Halloween donuts from Krispy Kreme – they come in a cute box!
Ideas for Adults: Fall candles, flame-less candles (I’ve found tea lights), Halloween-themed dish towels, window clings, a favorite fall recipe written on a card, maybe even ingredients (if not dry, be sure they are home!), bottled root beer, pumpkin ale, popcorn & flavored sprinkles, variety of apples, caramel & sticks to make caramel apples, fall photo frame, bottle of wine, fresh garlic bulbs, dry cheese ball mixes, solar yard stakes, a potted mum, apple cider, door decor.
Place your finds in a basket, gift bag or plastic candy bowl like we received. Shhh! Don’t share your secret until Halloween. If you get booed, place the boo sign in your window or on your front door. I’ll have my kids color ours.
Download this free original Halloween boo sign and poem my friend Jen Goode created on her site Lil Goodies, art for your creations. Check out the rest of her site, she also offers cool witches potion stickers to make your dinners more festive this month and other fall fun. No tricks, just treats!
Have you been booed? What did you get? Have you booed? What did you give? Share your ideas.