Are you familiar with the "Boo Your Neighbor" game? It's the fun tradition of secretly leaving a little Halloween treat on your neighbor's door step. I loved the idea so much, that last year I suggested we do it in our MOMS Club. While we had to make a few alterations to make it work for us, we had so much fun with it.
This is our second year doing it and I think it will be even better than last. Last year was the first time for many and we learned from our mistakes. This year I was more specific in my instructions, so I hope it goes a little more smoothly.
Noah and I kicked off the Booing. We went to Target to get everything needed for our Boo Bags. Between the Dollar Spot and the Candy aisle, we were all set. Noah helped me pick things that he likes, and I'm assuming other kids his age will like too... gel clings, light up sticks, bouncy balls, growing zombies/pumpkins, and some chocolate and dum dums. The Dollar Spot even had some cute Halloween baskets that were the perfect size! I love that I could find a ton of cute Halloween goodies at an affordable price!
Then I got to work on the "You've Been Booed" instructions. As I mentioned, we had to make a few changes to the traditional format since this was for our MOMS Club. We live spread out over two towns, so it isn't really practical to just put up a "We've Been Booed" sign. We realized that if we did that, you might drive all around town before finding a family that hadn't been booed yet, wasting a lot of time. And since not everyone knows each other personally, we wanted to provide information (like how many kids and their ages) that would help them decide what to put in the treat bags.
Our first issue was that we have a lot of families in our MOMS Club. We knew that not everyone would be interested in participating and we didn't want the Booing to halt because a treat bag was delivered to someone who wouldn't keep the game going. Our solution was to send an email out to everyone asking who was interested. Our second problem was what we do instead of a "We've Been Booed" sign. Our solution was to create a shared google doc for the participating families. The document has the names, addresses, and children's info for each of the families. Once "Booed", you update the document stating that. This was our equivalent of hanging a "We've Been Booed" sign on the door.
But since these changes won't be necessary for most of you, I've shared the traditional "You've Been Booed" instructions and sign. If you'd like to start this fun tradition with your friends or neighborhood, simply print both the instructions and the sign and surprise someone with some Halloween goodies! Happy Booing!
Have you ever "Booed Your Neighbors"???