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You've Been Boo'ed

Updated on June 06, 2015
A You've Been Boo'ed Treat Bag on a Doorknob
A You've Been Boo'ed Treat Bag on a Doorknob | Source

Boo Your Neighbor - A Fun Halloween Tradition!

One evening this October you may hear someone knock at your door or ring your doorbell. When you open the door you see that no one is there. After investigating further, you may discover a package of Halloween goodies and a message indicating, "You've been Boo'ed!"

If you've been Boo'ed, it means you have a secret friend in your neighborhood. Enjoy your Halloween treats and the fun of trying to solve the mystery of who Boo'ed you. As the recipient of a "Halloween Boo" you have also been invited to participate in the game by Booing other neighbors who have not yet been Boo'ed.

If you've never been Boo'ed, why not start the tradition in your neighborhood? Starting a chain reaction of "Booing" is fun and easy. It helps to strengthen neighborhood ties and makes a great family project for adults and kids to work on together. Your "Boo" can be as simple or as complicated as you like. On this page you will learn everything you need to know about how to Boo your neighbors!

(All photos on this page by Vicki Green - aka PNW Travels)

Hang the "We've Been Boo'ed" sign on your door!

We've Been Boo'ed Sign on the Door
We've Been Boo'ed Sign on the Door

We've Been Boo'ed

Now what do we do?

If you've been boo'ed, the first thing to do is put a "We've Been Boo'ed" sign on your door or in a prominent window to let everyone know that you've been boo'ed. Then as soon as possible - within a day or two - continue the game by booing two or more of your neighbors who have not yet been boo'ed!

If you've just been Boo'ed yourself, or if you want to start the tradition in your neighborhood, the next steps are the same. Here's what to do:

1. Select 2 or more "victims" in your neighborhood that you will "Boo" (either individuals or the entire family)

2. Make a list of what goodies you will include for each victim

3. Buy or make your goodies

4. Buy, make or recycle containers large enough for your Boo treats

5. Copy or create a "Boo Poem" and a "We've Been Boo'ed Sign" to include in each Boo

6. Deliver your Boo to your neighbors just after dark when no one is looking! Leave your package on the doorknob or porch, ring the doorbell or knock on the door, run and hide! (This is usually the part the kids love most)

7. Watch the fun as "We've Been Boo'ed" signs multiply and appear on doors and windows through the neighborhood!

Some Treat Ideas for Your Boo Bag

Halloween Treats
Halloween Treats

To Boo or Not to Boo?

Have you ever been Boo'ed?

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It's Time to Boo Your Neighbor!

October 1st - a great day to begin!

Normally the game is started around October 1st or sometime in the first week of October.

Whether you've been Boo'ed yourself, or are starting the tradition in your neighborhood, select your "victims" and decide on what you want to include as goodies. Remember that the fun of the game is mainly the element of surprise and mystery, so your treats can be simple and inexpensive, but try to select some things you know are particular favorites of your "victims". Here are some ideas:

Halloween Candy

Small Halloween Decorations

Hot Cocoa Packages

Wrapped Cookies and Snacks

A votive candle and votive holder in a Halloween scent

Small sample packages of hand lotion

Lip balm

Key Chain

Refrigerator Magnet



Treats for the family pets

Homemade goodies may not be a good idea, especially if this is a new tradition in your neighborhood. Since the idea is to keep the identity of the person or family who left the treats a secret, some people may be reluctant to eat homemade goodies from an unknown source.

Creating Your "Boo" Gift Bag

Boo Bag Kit
Boo Bag Kit

Start with a Halloween Themed Bag


A set of inexpensive Halloween themed bags like these will work great for your Boo Bags.


Choose a Container for Booing Your Neighbor

Bags, boxes or buckets - whatever you can find!

Although you can leave the Boo Poem, the "We've Been Boo'ed" sign and the treats on your neighbor's porch, to prevent damage from the weather or the treats being consumed by animals, it is best to place them in a container and hang from the doorknob if possible.

As long as the container is large enough to hold the treats, you can use any container you want - a bag, a basket, or a plastic pumpkin with a handle. Recycle something you already have or get the kids involved by decorating a plain paper bag with a handle.

Further down the page you will find links to several websites with free downloads of You've Been Boo'd poems and window signs to add to your bag.

Get the kids involved with designing the "Boo" Bags

Halloween Treat Bag Kits for Children to Make and Decorate (Pack of 4)
Halloween Treat Bag Kits for Children to Make and Decorate (Pack of 4)

If you have children, you can involve them in the fun with these Halloween Gift bag kits that include googly eyes, noses, mouths,hair and other decorations to create faces on the bags.


Candles in Halloween Scents

Halloween Votive Candle
Halloween Votive Candle

Halloween Scented Votive Candles

Add a Candle in an Autumn Scent

Candles have long been associated with Halloween, so a fall scented votive candle in an inexpensive votive holder would make a great Boo treat for a neighbor.

For some ideas, here is a list of some popular Halloween and autumn candle scents:
Candy Apple
Harvest Time
Pumpkin Spice

Inexpensive Halloween Gifts for Girls

Sweet Harvest Lip Balm Candy Apple By Avon
Sweet Harvest Lip Balm Candy Apple By Avon

If the family you have selected to "Boo" include girls, these lip balms in Halloween flavors would be a hit!


You've Been Boo'd Gift Ideas - Inexpensive Halloween Boo Bag Trinkets and Treats

Gifts for your Boo gift bags need not be expensive. You can use halloween decorations you've made, individually wrapped treat-size Halloween candy, travel size samples of lotions, trinkets from the dollar store or individually wrapped coookies and treats. Below are some ideas for some inexpensive items you can use for your Boo Gifts.

A Fun Halloween Gift Idea - Rubber Duckies

Halloween Rubber Duckies (1 Dozen)
Halloween Rubber Duckies (1 Dozen)

These Halloween Rubber Duckies will make bath time fun for both young and old.


More Fun Things For Your Bag

In case you need more ideas for things to put in your Boo Bags - I love these rubber duckies!

Some Ghoulish Gift Ideas for Boys

Eyeball Glide Ball
Eyeball Glide Ball

These creepy eyeballs are always fun and are usually especially a hit with boys.


Halloween Gift Ideas for Boys

If the family you are booing has some boys, usually something more ghoulish will be popular.

Don't Forget that Dogs like Treats for Tricks

Chicken Jerky Treats
Chicken Jerky Treats

Don't Forget the Family Pet

If you need more items to fill your Boo Bag, remembering to include a healthy treat for a beloved family dog or cat will be appreciated.

Decorate Your Bag and Signs with Clip Art

Make it Fun with Clip Art
Make it Fun with Clip Art

You've Been Boo'ed Poems

An example of a "Boo" Poem

There are several versions of the "You've Been Boo'ed" poem. Here's one version:

There was a ghost here bringing treats to you

He flew to your house just to say Boo!

Who left this Boo Bag, who could it be?

You might find out, but not from me!

Place the "We've Been Boo'ed" sign where all can see

So everyone will know a Boo! surprise you received.

Enjoy the goodies and treats from us,

But now it's your turn to Boo! someone else.

Fill each bag with treats and fun,

Bring them to your neighbor's door, knock and then run!


Enclose a piece of paper with additional instructions if you like:

You have been Booed! Please keep it going by following these directions...

1. Enjoy your treats

2. Place your "Boo" on your front door

3. Now you have 24 hours to copy this twice, make or buy treats and copy or make two


4. Then, secretly deliver to two neighbors who don't have a "Boo" on their door.

5. Keep an eye on nearby front doors and watch how far the fun will spread.

Share your opinion about "Booing" at Halloween

Would you participate if you were boo'ed?

Yes, it sounds like a great fun!

Yes, it sounds like a great fun!

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    • MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      We don't celebrate Halloween, but I have no problem gifting my neighbors! This would really be fun especially if it is an unexpected Harvest Treat.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      What if you get booed and want to boo others but it would be too late for them to pass it on because it is already halloween?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes it is cool and fun because i just got Boo'ed... i think it's great and can't wait till i do it too someone else!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes! It seems like a lot of fun.

    • KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      It would be a nice surprise to get boo'ed.

    • Wendy Henderson 6 years ago from PA

      We did this a few years when my kids were little. It was lots of fun!

    • raegal75 6 years ago

      It sounds like a lot of fun!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Booing people sounds fun especially if you get to choose special great gifts for people

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes because if you don't then the boo chain would be broken

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes because it is a great Idea to share the Halloween Moment

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    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm totally going to do this!! This sounds like so much fun!! :) Thanks for sharing this idea! I've never heard of it until today!! :)

    • June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I had never heard of this until now. It sounds like a wonderful tradition and I would definitely play the game.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      were can you buy boo bags.

    • indigomoth 6 years ago from New Zealand

      What a wonderful idea!

    • spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      Very cute idea. Can't wait to BOO my friends & neighbors!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Halloween will become more exciting!

    • Joan4 6 years ago

      Of course! What fun!

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      oh yes, I would and I have and really had fun with it

    No, I would not participate if I was Boo'ed.

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      • spunkyduckling 6 years ago

        If I got kids around then sure! i will let them do the participating otherwise if left to me alone to do it - meh

      Your comments are welcomed! - Share your "We've Been Boo'ed" Experience!

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          Robin S 6 years ago from USA

          What a fun tradition!

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          girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

          I've never heard of this and think it's a terrific idea!!! Great job! :)

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          bdkz 6 years ago

          Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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          justholidays 6 years ago

          Congrats on your blast, it's well deserved!

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          Joan4 6 years ago

          What fun! I love your variations on the "boo" game. Lensrolling to Halloween Neighborhood Game.

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          Mickie Goad 6 years ago

          I must Boo my grandkids!

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          Sami4u LM 6 years ago


          This is a great idea for who ever thought it up. Love it BOO!!!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          This is such a fun thing to do and our neighborhood has done it in the past. I need to get it going again this year.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I want to bee booed this Halloween!

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          June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

          This sounds like so much fun, and what a wonderful topic for a lens.

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          spunkyduckling 6 years ago

          Love the dancing scary animated blue ghost! This lens was fun to read. Each time halloween comes around I am discovering more and more about this spooktacular holiday. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips and poems for someone who have been booed.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          What a fun sounding activity to get to know neighbors better. Perhaps I should consider starting this in my neighborhood.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Awww, what a wonderful idea, I hope lots of communities will start this! What a great way to get to know your neighbours better, and especially if they are new to the neighbourhood! Totally cool!

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          rachsue lm 6 years ago

          What a great idea and great lens. I will have to try it out. I personally have never been Booed!!

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          jgelien 6 years ago

          Very cute idea. Reminds me of the May Baskets of flowers we used hang on the neighbors' doorknobs when I was a kid. Neat lens.

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          Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

          I've never heard of this before. Do you know how it started? Or did you start it?

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          @Jennifer Einstein: I did some research, but couldn't find out who started it - it wasn't me. I first heard about it a couple of years ago.

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          Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

          Such a great idea! I'd love to get that started in my neighborhood! (so -- off to look at Halloween goodies later today).

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          LisaDH 6 years ago

          In my neighborhood, booing doesn't start until mid-October. Those who start the first week of the month must be much more organized than me and my neighbors!

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          norma-holt 6 years ago

          We don't have Halloween where I live, thank goodness. Great lens and featured on Witches

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          JimH 6 years ago

          This is a new concept to me and I like it ... might just start a boo'ing tradition in our area.

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          KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

          I will have to do this to a few of my "Neighborhood Watch" buddies.

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          hexagon 6 years ago

          Very nice idea (and lens) We don't have Halloween where I live :-(

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Boo! Happy Halloween! - Kathy

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          Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

          Clever way to get some neighborhood interaction going. I like it.

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          gottaloveit2 5 years ago

          I've never been boo'ed but I've been "flaminoged" one time. A friend planted a flock of plastic flamingos on my lawn. I thought it was really funny.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've never heard of this tradition, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun. Our neighborhood would be good for this--everyone knows everyone, and there are a lot of kids--but the people without kids enjoy the kids too. Great lens!

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          Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

          I've read about this before. Sounds like fun.

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          LaurenIM 5 years ago

          Sounds like fun. It's the first I've heard of it.

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          awakeningwellness 5 years ago

          I have never heard of this tradition, it sounds like fun!

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          CaliforniaGrown 5 years ago

          I was just recently boo'ed and I had never heard of it until this year!

          It was really cute. My neighbor's kid left a little pumpkin basket on the door step with candy and two bottles of beer. Only he put it so close to the door that when I opened the door the bottles of beer rolled out. The kid popped out from the side of the house and waved and then ran home.

          TOO CUTE.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've never been booed, but always wanted to boo others! I am going to boo people this year.Thanks for inspiring me!

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          GrowWear 5 years ago

          Getting boo-ed and giving boos is a surefire way to raise the feel-good quotient in the neighborhood.

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          MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

          Love the whole idea. Great lens.

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          Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          What a great idea to spread some cheer in the neighbourhood...sounds like fun!

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          dotcomdiva 4 years ago

          How on earth did I get to be this old and have never heard of this? I love it and I'm off to read about "Jingling your neighbor" next!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          we came home to find a bucket filled with goodies and toys. It's such a cute idea tonight we boo two neighbors it was fun to knock and run. Great Idea I and hoping I ge to start the you've been Jingled in a few weeks :)

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          KarenCookieJar 4 years ago

          Cute lens!

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          Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

          What a cute idea. I never heard of this before. I hope it catches on. It's a nice way to be neighborly.

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          squidingaround 4 years ago

          great lens love it

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          DebMartin 3 years ago

          I love this. I've never been booed, mostly I think because my living is so rural. But it can be done and would be fun. I'd just have to park the car a ways away and sneak in. And, of course, get past the usual porch dog. My mother used to do something similar for May Day. She would create a basket full of May Flowers and leave them on the neighbor's door step. She didn't ring the bell. The neighbors just woke up to May Baskets. But that was back when you went to the porch for your milk or newspaper. Might have to ring the bell now. ;-) Your candles are a wonderful idea. They would make a super addition to any holiday basket or bag.

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