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Fun Halloween Printables – Boo Your Neighbors

I can not confirm or deny that we made buckets like the one above for 3 of our neighbours that have children that are friends of Evan’s. We had the most fun doing it! Ok….let me back up. I know “booing” has been talked about a lot over the last few years but in case you don’t know what it is I will give you an overview. To “boo” someone you put together a Halloween gift (can be anything you want), you add Boo instructions (I will put the Halloween Printables at the end of the post) and an “I’ve Been Booed” sign and leave it on a friend or neighbour’s house anonymously. Then you hope the joy is spread further as they “boo” other neighbours.

I’ve wanted to do this for years but life always got in the way. This year I refused to let that happen. I made time to go to the dollar store and the grocery store to gather supplies. I wanted it to be a basket full of fun, not just candy. Jumping spiders, glow in the dark skeletons, glow in the dark bracelets, little boxes of stickers, fun dessert plates, candy and pumpkin peeps were a few things that were included. I had a blast shopping for it.

I was a bit afraid to involve Evan though because I was really scared that he would get too wrapped up in wanting to get booed back and ruin the fun. While this has a bit of a “chain letter” feeling to it, we focused on the giving and I didn’t even tell Evan that there was a possibility that we would get booed back. He had a great time dividing the goodies between the baskets and when the time came to deliver them he was vibrating he was so excited. He and his dad packed the baskets in the car and delivered them. Evan got to drop them off on the doorstep and ring the doorbell. At one point he was in such a hurry to get back to the car without being seen that he ran past the car and kept running. Dewey had to go pick him up. Hilarious!

We got Booed!

The next day we were getting ready for bed after our school’s Parent Council meeting and the doorbell rang. I opened the door and called Evan to see. He started yelling “WE GOT BOOED! WE GOT BOOED! MAMA, SOMEBODY BOOED US!” He was so excited!

Who knows if this will go any further in our neighborhood but for us this was definitely a win. We brought a bit of Halloween fun to friends of ours and it made Halloween a bit more special for Evan. Win Win.

Below is my custom Boo Sign printable (click the image to view full size 8.5X11 pdf for printing)

Boo Sign Printable

and the instructions (written in blood of course)

Boo Instructions

Happy Booing!


Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Okay - you win the best Halloween Mom award!!! What a great treat for Evan in both giving and receiving. You must have LOVED seeing him run past the car, and loved it even more seeing him get BOOE'D! awwww!

Voula Martin

Sunday 27th of October 2013

I love this! We were booed a few years ago when we were all sick with the flu. It made Halloween special despite the fact we didn't go trick or treating. A fun idea!

Jody Robbins

Saturday 26th of October 2013

This is the very best Halloween idea I've ever heard of. Going to see if this works in my ghetto.


Sunday 27th of October 2013

Awesome! I can't wait to hear if it works. Even if it doesn't, though, it is a fun way to show kids how fun giving can be even without an expectation of anything in return.