How to Start the Halloween Boo in Your Neighborhood
If you haven't been boo'd, you're missing out on a fun Halloween tradition. This is such a fun way to start off the whole fall holiday season and strengthen ties with neighbors. There are some variations on how people do it, but the basics are the same. Put together a goodie-basket of Halloween treats for a neighbor and then they do the same for another neighbor. You need to get started by the middle of October so let the Halloween booing begin!
What Is a Boo-Gram?
A boo-gram is a mysterious note you leave on a neighbor door, usually with some kind of treat for the kids in the family, or for everyone. The note is usually a poem. You also leave a large boo! sign with the note and bucket/basket. Some people use a ghost or other decoration to designate the boo. The sign or decoration tells other neighbors that this house has already been hit. If people participate, by Halloween you'll see boos lining up and down the street on all the doors in the neighborhood!
You choose whatever you want to give for treats. They usually vary from small candy to small kid's toys, to hand towels and magazines for Mom. To keep the chain going, when you get boo'd, you need to boo one or two other neighbors.
Half the fun is ringing the doorbell and running away! Kids love to get in on this and it's even more fun when they choose which neighbors to boo and pick out some of the treats.
Don't wait for someone else to begin the boo! It's easy to start your own and your neighbors will thank you!
How to Start a Boo!
1. Make up two boo buckets/baskets.
2. Print a boo-gram.
3. Choose a cute poem from below (or write your own).
4. Deliver, ring doorbell, and RUN!
Bonus: Here is a pre-made poem and boo sign you can simply print off!
It's easy to start the boo when you have a cute poem! Write your own or copy and paste one of these:
The air is cool the season fall
Soon Halloween will come to all
The spooks are after things to do
In fact, a spook brought this to you
"BOO" is a shield from witching hour
Just hang it up and watch its power
On your front door is where it works
It wards off spooks and scary jerks
The treats that came with crypted note
Are yours to keep, enjoy them both
The power comes when friends like you
Will copy this and make it TWO
Then others here among our friends
Will give warm fuzzies that do not end
We'll all have smiles upon our faces
No one will know who "BOO"ed whose places
Just one short day to work your spell
Or a big ZAP will strike your tail
And don't forget a nifty treat,
Like something cute or something sweet
Please join fun, let's really hear it
And spread some "BOO"s and Halloween spirit.
This treat is for you, we hope you enjoy.
The idea is simple, one we hope you employ.
You pass "BOO" along to two other neighbors.
Along with any kind of Halloween favors.
If we all do our part, and spread the good cheer,
By Halloween night it will be very clear,
We're a friendly bunch, we like to share fun
So please do your part to keep "BOO" on the run!