This How To Boo Your Neighbors When It’s Hot Out post is sponsored by Oriental Trading.
We live on the kind of block that TV shows are made of. Not a show like Desperate Housewives, but more of one with a Pleasantville feel. Everyone is so nice and really gets along. We live at the keystone of a cul de sac and the owners of the 12 houses surrounding us come over every weekend for Football Sundays. It’s the perfect neighborhood to boo your neighbors.
Have you boo’d yours yet? It’s something that has really caught on in the last few years. I blame Pinterest. Boo’ing your neighbor is such a fun idea, though.
Okay. Let’s stop here for a second. Have you heard of a You’ve Been Boo’d kit before?
Basically, you put together a Halloween treat bag for two of your neighbors. You add a note telling them they’ve been boo’d, give them a note to hang on their door saying they’ve been boo’d, then explain they are supposed to boo two neighbors who haven’t already been boo’d. You do it completely anonymously, which doesn’t make your neighbors feel like they need to give you a thank you. Instead, they just pay it forward.
Sort of like a chain letter. But with candy. And who doesn’t like candy?
If everyone participates, everyone should be boo’d by the time Halloween rolls around. Since I’m me, and I hate anyone feeling left out, I made sure to boo our entire cul de sac last year. Many of the homes weren’t built yet, so I only had six homes to boo. This year, I’m doing a dozen.
The thing is, though, North Carolina is hot. Even on Halloween, it’s hot.
Tip 1 for boo’ing your neighbors when it’s hot out: Pick items that won’t melt. When you boo someone, you leave the gift and let them find it.
Tip 2 for boo’ing your neighbors when it’s hot out: Wait until it gets dark out, then sneak around to all the neighbor’s houses.
There’s a very good chance the gift is sitting on the doorknob all night long, because the recipient doesn’t know it’s there. You don’t want to have them find a treat that has melted. So keep that in mind while you’re picking out your treats.
How To Boo Your Neighbors When It’s Hot Out
The photo below shows the items that I got, specifically, for last year. Of course, you can vary your items.
What You’ll Need:
- Halloween plushes
- Green chevron cake bag
- Ghost Poofs marshmallow treat packs
- Pumpkin Guts cotton candy
- Halloween pretzel packets
- Halloween fruit snacks
- Halloween ghost pencils
- Witch nose pencil sharpener
- Halloween place cards
- Hole puncher
- You’ve Been Boo’d free printable (see more later in this post)
What You’ll Do:
Fill the cake bags with the treats. Fold a flap of the bag over.
Use the hole punch to punch two holes in the flap.
Thread a ribbon through the holes in the flap. Tie that through the hole in the pumpkin guts cotton candy as well (since it doesn’t fit in the bag), then loop it back through the holes in the cake bag.
Tie the ribbon around the neck of the Halloween plush and affix it to the bag.
Use a marker to write “You’ve been boo’d” on the cocktail place card. Tape it to the front of the cake bag.
Leave the You’ve Been Boo’d kit on your neighbors’ doors.
What other tips do you have to boo your neighbors?
You’ve Been Boo’d Free Printable
When you put together a You’ve Been Boo’d kit, you want to include a sheet of paper. On one side is the “We’ve Been Boo’d” image for the neighbor to put on the door. On the other side is the instructions about what Boo’ing is.
To make life so much easier for you, I made a free You’ve Been Boo’d printable.
To use that, right click the image above. Save it to the desktop of your computer (or wherever you save downloads).
When you’re ready for it, just print it out on an 8.5×11 piece of paper (It’s formatted to fit a standard piece of printer paper).
Print one copy per You’ve Been Boo’d kit that you’re making.
Tips For Boo’ing Your Neighbor
– It’s so important that you boo your neighbor anonymously. You don’t want to give any indication that it was you because you don’t want anyone to thank you for it. You’re doing this for holiday cheer, not for credit.
When I first did this for our cul de sac, I was so anonymous that our entire neighborhood gave credit to another neighbor for this. Four years later, everyone still think it’s her.
– Get allergy-friendly treats. We’re really lucky that we’re close to our neighbors. So we know who is gluten-intolerant and who is pre-diabetic. When I’m making You’ve Been Boo’d kits for those neighbors, I make sure to leave sugar-free chocolate for the pre-diabetic neighbor and add extra pretzels for the gluten-intolerant neighbor.
If you’re not sure if anyone on your block has allergies, get allergy-free treats. Skip the peanuts for sure. And gravitate towards hard candy since most hard candies and lollipops are vegan — and you might have a vegan on your block. The point of this is you want your neighbors to enjoy, so if you get non-problematic snacks, then all your neighbors can enjoy.
– Use wrapped candy. As much as you might love to bake, stick with pre-wrapped, store bought treats. Remember, your neighbors have no idea who is boo’ing them. So if a basket of muffins shows up on the doorstep, it will probably get tossed. Wrapped candy won’t.
– Start to boo your neighbors about two weeks before Halloween. If you have a lot of neighbors who you think will participate, you can start three weeks out. You want to start close enough to Halloween so Halloween in on everyone’s brain, but you also want to give your neighbors enough time to put together a You’ve Been Boo’d kit to hand out to other neighbors.
Want to see how we boo’d our neighbors in the past? Check out the post below.