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Get a Printable Halloween Boo Poem

Updated on December 26, 2013

You've Been BOO'd! Spread the Fun with Halloween Boo Poems

You've been BOO'ed! That's the message that seems to be getting more common each year as neighbors leave gifts or treats on each other's doorsteps with a Halloween boo poem. If you haven't been the giver or recipient of a Halloween boo visit yet (which is apparently also called ghosting in some parts of the country), this page will provide the basic instructions on how to do it, as well as several variations of the Boo! poem so you can start your own neighborhood tradition. Happy haunting!

The idea behind Halloween Boo! poems are simple - you sneak to your neighbor's house, ring the doorbell or knock, and anonymously leave a small basket or bag of treats at your neighbor's door as you run away before they can find out who left the goodies. It's all in the name of fun! Once you've "been boo'd," you're then supposed to hang a sign on your door so neighbors can tell who has already received treats and who hasn't. That way one house won't be getting all the goodies! It's a simple and easy game for everyone in the neighborhood to play.

Of course, not everyone in a neighborhood may want to play, and that's fine, too. I've heard some people worry that their neighbors won't want to play the game, so they leave out the part of the poem that encourages you to pass the "boo" to someone else. Other families "boo" themselves if no one else in the neighborhood wants to play.

However you do it is up to you! If you're ready to play, here are three variations of the "You've Been Boo'd" poem and sites that offer nice copies of these printable Halloween boo poems.

Halloween Boo! Poem #1

One variation of the "You've Been Boo'd" poem

Since this is the time for goblins and bats,

Halloween spirits and ghosts and cats,

Weird happenings and witches' brew,

These are the things I wish for you:

May the only spirit you chance to meet

Be the spirit of love and friends that are sweet.

May the only goblin that comes your way

Be the neighborhood phantom, the breeze takes away.

So by tomorrow, pick a friend down the street

And give to them a Halloween treat.

Fill this cone with goodies galore,

Then hang it on their front door.

You only have one day to do this, so hurry

Leave treats on their door and run in a flurry

As this cone moves along from friend to friend,

All good wishes go on and never end


You can get a printable Halloween Boo! poem with a version similar to (but not exactly the same as) this one at Executive

You've Been Boo-ed! Poem

Another version of the Halloween Boo Poem

You've Been Boo-ed!

The phantom ghost has come to town

To leave some goodies... I see you've found.

If you wish to make this a happier fall...

Continue this greeting, this phantom call.

First, post this Phantom where it can be seen,

And leave it there until Halloween.

This will scare other Phantoms who may visit.

Be sure to participate, you don't want to miss it!

Second, make two treats & two copies from

Deliver them to two neighbors, try to stay calm.

Don't let them see you, be sneaky, no doubt

And make sure they put their Phantom Ghost out!

Next, you have only one day to act, so be quick!

Leave it at doors where the Phantom hasn't hit.

Deliver at dark when there isn't much light...

Ring the doorbell and run, and stay out of sight!!

And last, but not least, come join in the season.

Don't worry, be happy, you need no good reason.

This is all in good fun and we are just trying to say...

Happy Halloween & Have a Great Day!

This version of the Halloween Boo! poem is from You've Been Boo-ed. Visit the site to get a printable version in color, black and white or outline form.

Another Halloween Boo Poem

There are a lot of ways to say, "You've been booed!"

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 two short days 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

For a printable version of this You've Been Boo'ed poem, visit Cafe Traditions.

Have You Been Boo-ed? - Which Halloween Boo! poem do you prefer?

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      6 years ago

      We have been fortunate enough to experience this in Maine, NC and MD with our children and it is always a lot of fun. We know it as being booed with a poem that begins: "The Phantom of Halloween has come to town, to deliver some treats, I see you have found...."

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      6 years ago

      My daughter lives now in SC and got boo'd and told me about it so I am moving it north....I am booing a neighbor around the corner that has grandchildren and a friend with grandchildren also...then their Mom's can boo their neighbors.

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      6 years ago

      @sorrytodampenthefunbut: get a grip you freak

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      6 years ago

      Although is is neat and fun some kids take it extremes, older ones, teens, and move to the next level, harassment. Just want to let you all know this has happened around here particularly to older neighbors who stick to themselves. I would consider opening someone's unlocked front door and swinging it open, peeping in windows of older people harassment.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a cute idea! Boo!

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      8 years ago

      we just moved into a new neighborhood and we got"boo-ed",at first I wouldn't let my kids eat the candy,then I read the poem and thought it was sooo neat!!!So,we boo-ed two of our neighbors to keep this game going.....

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      This is new to me. I love the idea and maybe can get it started in my neighborhood.

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      8 years ago

      We call it "ghosting," and it's so much fun! I'm adding this to my lensroll of Halloween Treats for Kids.

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      8 years ago

      Hey, I've been boo-ed by the best of 'em LOL

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      Lisa Auch 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      I have never heard of this, but think it's a great idea. Thankyou.


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