College football on the television, Crock Pot recipes in the Pinterest feed, and a Pumpkin Spiced Latte on the Starbucks bar…Fall is around the corner, isn’t it?
Looking back through my archives, I don’t think I’ve ever written about Halloween here on the blog. There was this post about my Mixed Up Feelings for the season, but other than that…nothing.
So, I thought I’d get on the broom stick early this year and share a couple of traditions we always make sure to do this time of year. Today’s post is a first in a series of three and I’m talking about Boo’ing your neighbors.
True story: Our house has never been booed. I remember seeing “BOO!” signs on our neighbors’ doors long before I had a kid of my own and couldn’t wait to start that tradition because who doesn’t like surprise gifts waiting on their door step. I figured we would do a few peeps and then we’d definitely get booed back. Two years since we started this tradition…still waiting.
We like to Boo our neighbors with treats they can make. While I think it’s special to give homemade goodies to friends and neighbors, do you really think someone is going to eat something left on their door step anonymously? Yeah, probably not. So, we pack up Halloween themed buckets (you can find them at any drug store or dollar section for a couple of bucks) and fill them with holiday themed cake mix and frosting. Cake mix and frosting is cheap, yo. Find a coupon and get yourself a couple of boxes. I think it’s fun to include Halloween themed cupcake liners and cupcake toppers, too. I’ve been lucky to find super adorable trimmings at Home Goods, Target, and Michaels. Dress it up with some Halloween tissue paper and ribbon and you’re done – almost. Local friends: if you find one of these baking Boo buckets on your door step…guess who it’s from!
Now, you can’t forget the Boo sign! It’s the most important piece because you want your friends or neighbors to hang the sign on their front doors to let any other potential Boo’ers know someone has beat them to it. Also, I’ll think it’s kind of a non-verbal acknowledgement to say “Hey, we got your Boo bucket!”
The chandelier Boo sign we used last year came from The TomKat Studio. I thought it matched nicely with the swirly black and white tissue paper – cute, right? I’m including a couple of link to my favorite Boo signs out there too:
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>Up next: Ideas for a killer, er…fun kids Halloween party including Halloween themed snacks and games! Be sure to check out my seasonal Halloween board on Pinterest too! I’m pinning tons of ideas for our annual party!