One night last year, about a week before Halloween, we heard the doorbell ring. As the kids do anytime they think someone is there to see them they raced to the door, flung it open and found a basket overflowing with Halloween knickknacks, treats and instructions for passing on the Halloween fun.
Honestly they were so excited about their basket and the process of putting a couple of their own together to surprise neighbors and friends you would have thought it was Christmas, and just like that a new Halloween tradition was made.
This year, in addition to all the usual treats and toys the kids pick out for their friends, I wanted to include Halloween decorations and activities that the moms would appreciate just as much as the kids in our Halloween Boo Baskets.
So the kids helped me pick out several Halloween decor items from the Land of Nod including these cute felt snap bins to hold everything, Halloween banner, cat napkins, mini garland, hanging bats, cupcake kit, finger flashlights and vampire props, then we filled it in with some stickers (festive sticker printable available on my blog), tattoos, candy, vampire teeth, glow sticks and goo from the store by our house.
I also made these “We’ve Been Boo’d” signs and instructions for how to play along to include in each basket. (You can CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD).
Once the baskets were filled we waited until it was dark enough (the waiting is the hardest part!) to ring a doorbell and sneak away. The kids always like to hide in a nearby bush. I think it adds to the excitement and the rest of the night they giggle and talk about how things went down and what their friends said when they opened the door.
Honestly, dropping off a Halloween Boo Basket is almost more fun than trick-or-treating and we’re looking forward to seeing the fun spread through the neighborhood again this year.
Have you guys “BOO’D” your neighbors before? Tell us about it and let me know if you have any questions.