Last year was our first fall in our house and we were introduced to such a fun Halloween neighborhood tradition! One early October evening there was a knock on our door. It was dark and Ryan and I looked at each other as if silently asking “should we answer it?” After quiet contemplation, Ryan arose, went to the door and opened it. And there it was. BOO! Haha I know, so dramatic right?! What we found was our very first Boo Basket. We eagerly looked through the contents, curious for an explanation, and discovered we had been boo’d!
The premise reminds me of when we would do Secret Santa at my school. Simply gather some fun Halloween themed goodies and leave them on 2 neighbor’s doors with a door sign and instruction poem included in the basket (I’m sharing my printables with you below!) Then ring and run!
Here’s how you can make your own Boo baskets if you’d like to start this fun Halloween tradition!
Printable You’ve Been Boo’d poem
You can print 2 of these to include in the 2 baskets (click poem for printable).
We’ve Been Boo’d Sign/Door Hanger
Makes 2 signs
1 – 8 ½” x 11″ piece of orange card stock or construction paper (regular paper is just fine too, it’s the gesture that counts!)
1 – 12″ x 12″ black scrapbook paper or card stock (I found these with a nice subtle textured pattern at Michael’s)
Craft adhesive or tape
Black and orange twine (I found this is the Target dollar bin!)
Halloween themed ribbon (this one is from Michael’s)
Print out the We’ve Been Boo’d signs on the orange card stock (get the free printable here!). Cut in half.
Cut the black card stock in half.
Punch 2 holes in the top of the orange sign. We’ll punch the rest of the holes later.
Using tape or craft adhesive, secure the sign onto the black paper as shown below.
Once attached, punch holes along the sides and bottom of the sign. I drew lines across the back of the sign so I could line up the holes evenly (I don’t have that innate “just eyeball it” skill!)
I punched the holes on top of the orange card stock first because the hole punch isn’t long enough to reach those spots once attached. In order to weave the twine through those holes, gently push through the black card stock in those spots with an x-acto knife or sharp knife tip and twirl around to open up the top holes.
Weave twine in and out of the holes.
Tie twine in a knot on the back of the sign to secure. Trim excess.
Punch 2 holes at the top of the black card stock to weave the door hanger bow through.
Weave ribbon through the 2 holes on the top and tie into a bow to hang from door handle. Last year I also saw a few of the signs in the neighborhood hanging in the side windows of the front door (a good option for those without porches to protect your sign from rain).
Now for the fun part! I found the majority of the goodies for our Boo baskets in the dollar bins from Target and at Dollar Tree (I got the stuff about 2 weeks ago, right when they put out the Halloween goods). This year we’re going to Boo 2 different neighbors than we did last year; 1 house is empty nesters and the other a family of 4, so I bought totally different things for each basket.
Family Boo Basket
I got this cute little spiderweb basket at Dollar Tree, it’s perfect!
The family that we will be boo-ing has 2 little boys, so I stocked up on stickers, glow wands, glow fingers, glow bracelet (basically anything that glows), pumpkin straws, a pumpkin cup, and a note pad, cookies and pumpkin scented candle for the grown ups of the house. 😉
Adult Boo Basket
I got this pumpkin bowl at Dollar Tree as well.
The other neighbors we’re boo-ing just finished building a beautiful bar in their home, so I found all of these fun Halloween themed drink supplies. A spooky silicone ice cube tray, Halloween beer koozies, Halloween beer, wine and beverage labels, straws, Halloween bev naps and a pumpkin scented candle were perfect for their basket.
And then these glasses! How cute! “I’m Here for the Boos!” Have I ever mentioned I’m obsessed with puns? It’s a thing I have. 😉
Once you have your baskets ready, get your running shoes on… aaaand go! Ring, run and BOO!
It’s so fun to see the signs appearing throughout the neighborhood through the month! Since the original Boo-master of our neighborhood moved, I plan to kick this off early in our neighborhood so that everyone has the opportunity to get Boo’d by Halloween! 🙂
Do you have have any fun Halloween or fall traditions you enjoy?
Thanks for stopping by and have a great hump day!