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You've Been Boo'ed

Updated on June 6, 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

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

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

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      5 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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      6 years ago

      great lens love it

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 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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      6 years ago

      Cute lens!

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      6 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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      6 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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      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      6 years ago

      Love the whole idea. Great lens.

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      7 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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      7 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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      7 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.

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      7 years ago

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

    • LaurenIM profile image


      7 years ago

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

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

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

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      7 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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      7 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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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

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

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      8 years ago

      Boo! Happy Halloween! - Kathy

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      8 years ago

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

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

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

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      8 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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      8 years ago

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

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      8 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!

    • KarenHC profile image


      8 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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      Jennifer Einstein 

      8 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 

      8 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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      8 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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      rachsue lm 

      8 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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      8 years ago

      Really cool lens! Unfortunately, I'm one of the very few that never heard of this. Think I'll start a tradition in my neighborhood:)

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      8 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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      8 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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      8 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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      June Campbell 

      8 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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      8 years ago

      I want to bee booed this Halloween!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 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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      Sami4u LM 

      8 years ago


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

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      8 years ago

      this is a blast of boos!

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      Mickie Goad 

      8 years ago

      I must Boo my grandkids!

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      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on your blast, it's well deserved!

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      8 years ago

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

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      8 years ago

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

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      What a fun tradition!


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