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How to start the "BOO" in your neighborhood

Posted by  ·  October 1, 2008  ·  Last Updated: October 1, 2008

I can already feel the anticipation and excitement in the air—-days are cooler and Halloween is coming.  One of our favorite traditions is “Booing.”  I look forward to creating special “BOO” treats while my kids look forward to the ‘ding and dash’.  As I watch them stealthily move across the front lawn only to hurriedly (and haphazardly) fling my creation at the front door—clearly  I realize we get different things from this activity. We do all have a blast!

Most “Booing” involves having to photo copy instructions.  We instead create a container that travels from door to door. The only thing the recipient needs to do is enjoy the goodies, refill the container and place on another friend’s door. Some people refuse to pass the container along (you know who you are) so we make a few in hopes they start making the rounds.

I am showing you what we did last year—because this year’s is TOP SECRET! We filled plastic pumpkins with supplies to make caramel apples and then ‘dressed’ it to look like a cat.

Simply cut out a cat face.  You may use ours if you like.

Black Cat Mask Template

We cut our faces out of black poster board and then embellished with glitter. Be sure to check the space between the eyes on the plastic pumpkin.  I noticed not all of these pumpkins are the same so the placement of the eyes might need to be adjusted.  Hot glue the center of the mask to the front of a plastic pumpkin (we bought ours from Wal-Mart).

We attached the following booing poem to the handle.

Am I a jack or a cat that has come to say “BOO”?
All dressed up with treats for you.

Please fill me up with treats galore,
and take me to your friend’s front door.

Sit me down then push the bell.
Run real quick so no one can tell.

As I move from friend to friend,
Good Halloween wishes never end.

You might be interested in our ideas from previous years “Booing”

How to Boo (with PFD  booing poem downloads)

So lets get busy and let the “Booing” begin!

You may find other ideas for celebrating Halloween here.

Leave a Comment


  1. Lisa Barrera
    Friday, September 28th, 2018
    If you are the one who starts this does that mean you don't get booed. I'm not sure how to get it started.
    • Cindy
      Saturday, September 29th, 2018
      Hello Lisa, To start the boo gather your goodies (here are some more ideas https://www.skiptomylou.org/free-youve-been-booed-printables/). Don't hang a sign in your window if you want to be booed. Sometimes I must admit we deliver several boo packages to get it started, but we don't end up getting booed. I just remind my kids the fun part was secretly giving the goodies!
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  4. brooklyn
    Saturday, October 20th, 2012
    i got booed and then i booed my friends in my neiborhood.
  5. Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    We did this. It was so much fun. Thanks so much for suggesting it!!

  6. Monday, October 17th, 2011
    I love this idea even though my boys are past the boo basket stage..but I'm not!! You could easily pick up an extra plastic pumpkin from Goodwill!
  7. Friday, September 30th, 2011
    What a wonderful idea, my daughter will love putting this together for some of our neighbors! Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of the kittykat pumpkin, I think we will do that idea this year.
  8. Michelle
    Friday, October 22nd, 2010
    This is by far the cutest idea I've seen for "boo-ing" neighbors! Thanks for such a wonderful idea!
  9. Kiersten
    Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
    Saw your idea and loved it! So did our neighbors... or so I hear! :~) Thanks!
  10. Jennifer Haas
    Thursday, October 1st, 2009
    I had never seen this idea before and thought it would be a great one to add to our family tradidion! I bought some cute Jack o Lantern pails and we filled it with orange and yellow tissue paper. I made a batch of home made Pumpkin pie playdough and bought some really cute halloween cookie cutters. We filled the pail with halloween stickers and a Berenstein Bear Trick or Treat book. I bought some Martha Stewart craft sacks from Michaels Craft Store that look like little broom sticks and filled with Candy Corn and Hershey's Kisses. Also some Marshmellow Halloween candys. My kids were delighted to put these together and even happier to deliver. Thanks for a great idea!
  11. Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
    This is our neighborhoods third (or fourth??) year booing and this is the first year I've seen the awesome link to online printables!!! YAY!!! I love having the choice and being able to print out new messages instead of having to scan and hope for a legible copy as it trickles down... copy by copy by faded copy. THANK YOU!!!! ~M
  12. Denise
    Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
    I read that at Christmas it is called being elfed, is there one for Thanksgiving or New Years, or other holidays?
  13. Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
    ok its cool
  14. Lauri R
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
    WOW! WE've always done May baskets but this is even way cooler... Is that a word? Anyway, I bought about 30 pumpkins like that after halloween last year for 10 cents each. My husband's nagging me to get rid of them - Thanks for the great idea, I'm goin' booin'!
  15. Sunday, October 19th, 2008
    Awesome! Bookmarking the mask on the jack o' lantern for next year. Brilliant.
  16. Mtn
    Friday, October 17th, 2008
    At Christmas time, it's called "Getting Elfed."
  17. Jessica
    Thursday, October 16th, 2008
    We are doing this at work. We are booing our cubicle mates instead of neighbors! It is so much fun and everyone is really getting into it. We want to do something like this again for Christmas, but what would we call it?!?! Any ideas?
  18. Richard
    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
    Really good idea.

    For lazy people there are sites but I think it is great idea to create one basket and have it passed around from house to house.
  19. Jo-elle
    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
    We totally did this yesterday! Saw you on Tip Junkie and fell in LOOOOOOVE with the disguised pumpkin. We filled our pumpkins with the Betty Crocker bagged sugar cookie mix - punched a hole in the top of the package and tied a halloween-themed cookie cutter and cello baggie of fall-themed sprinkles.

    We made 3 of them and my 7 and 9 year old had a BALL doing sneaky surprise deliveries. "This is so much fun!" Thanks for sharing!
  20. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    This idea is super cute! I would love to make these with my kids and see how far we could get it to go around our area. How fun!

    I would love to show this on my blog, too, if you don't mind.
  21. Friday, October 10th, 2008
    What a great idea! I have been snooping in your sidebar and there are so many projects to add to my to-do list! You are very talented!
  22. Sunday, October 5th, 2008
    What a great idea!! I think I'm going to try it this year. Thanks for letting me know.

  23. Saturday, October 4th, 2008
    I love Halloween. It is so much fun and in my mind is just the start of my favorite time of year - the holidays!
  24. Kathy
    Saturday, October 4th, 2008
    I think this is so cute and I am going to use this for our neighborhood this year.

    TARA- I am making this cards that I stamped with a pumpkin and wrote BOO on. I am going to put them in an envelope with instructions to post on the door after being booed.

    Thanks for the great idea!
  25. Lisa
    Friday, October 3rd, 2008
    We have started the "booing" in our neighborhood for the last five or six years. I laugh to myself thinking of the poor mom trying to keep her frustration inside of her as her children are pumped up to both eat the treats and go find other victims. We try to strategically choose families who will be willing participants. Otherwise, it just dies. And that's no fun driving around looking for ghosts in the windows with deflated children not seeing any reward for their efforts. We can't wait to start again this year. Look out Sunday night!
  26. Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
    I might share this on my blog, have them come check this out on your site, but I might want to keep it a secret too, so my friends here don't know I did it, hmmm........
  27. Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
    Okay that is way too cute, I usually just see the plate of cookies with a note, this is way too cute. Thanks.
  28. Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
    LOVE IT! Loved your other one too! Might have to try both!
  29. Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
    Wonderful idea. I am definitley gonna do this with the family on our weekly family night. The kids will love being sneaky. Thanks for sharing.
  30. Aunt Jenny
    Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
    I am so excited that the little goblins live in my neighborhood this year! Can't wait for this years family costume! The cat Jack is too cute!
  31. Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
    Thanks for showing it to me :)
  32. Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
    very cute. I've heard of this idea in the past. thought about trying it this year.
  33. Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
    I love this tradition! I'll be linking to this!
  34. Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
    I would love to see this years treat. I need to start that here in our neighborhood. We usually always get the ghost but I like that yours is something different.
  35. Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
    I've always really wanted to do this, but been afraid my neighbors wouldn't dig it. How did it first get started in your neighborhood?
  36. Arianne
    Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
    I've been looking for ideas for a Halloween advent. My kids will love helping me make this and then delivering the goodies. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!
  37. Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
    what a cute idea! Much cuter than the little paper that get stuck on the window. Do you leave something on the window still to let people know you've been "booed!"???