You’ve been boo’d!

Start a Halloween boo game in your neighborhood

Hallmark staff
Halloween boo game

We’re not afraid to say it—we love Halloween, and we especially love the new custom that’s spreading across the country: “Booing” your friends and neighbors.

What’s a Boo?
It’s the Halloween version of the May basket—neighbors leave one another anonymous goody bags in celebration of the holiday. The receivers then secretly Boo other neighbors (but not the houses with the ghost on the door—they have already been hit). “I’d never heard of being Boo’d before a neighbor brought us into the loop last year,” says Charlene Prince Birkeland, who blogs at crazedparent.org . “Kids love the mystery of it.”

Want to join in the excitement this year? Use these simple tips to start a Halloween boo game in your neighborhood.

What you’ll need

  • Cellophane bags
  • Sweet or spicy snack mix (see below)
  • Fun, colored ribbons
  • Twist ties
  • Address labels
  • Markers

1. Pick a poem
Get creative and pen your own verse, or choose one of these exclusive Hallmark poems that we unearthed from our archives. Then pick up some spooky paper and use your most frightening handwriting—in heavy black ink, of course! If you’re writing your own Boo, remember, not all poems rhyme, and as long as it comes from the heart, it’s a guaranteed winner!

Halloween poems from Hallmark
Here’s a Halloween wish
that’s just for you,
with a special HI!
and a great big BOO!

Nothing strange,
nothing scary,
just a friendly Boo—
with a wish
for lots and lots of fun
in everything you do!

Hope Halloween night
is fun for you
from your first trick-or-treat
to your very last “Boo!”

Just a friendly little Boo…
from “bet you never guess who!”

I have just one thing to say to you
on Halloween…BOO!

2. Make the mix
Everyone loves a good snack mix, and it couldn’t be easier to make! We made two: a spicy one for the grown-ups (it was a huge hit at parties and work) and a sweet, kid-friendly one. All you need to do is pick up the ingredients and toss them together. Parents, take note: If you’re going to Boo using a homemade mix or candy that isn’t individually wrapped, it might be a good idea to let the adults on the other end know, so that parents know their kids can dig in safely.

Spicy snack mix

  • Honey-toasted sunflower nuts
  • Pretzel letters
  • Rice-cracker sticks
  • Wasabi peas

Sweet snack mix

  • Honey-toasted peanuts
  • Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds
  • Orange-colored malted milk balls
  • Candy corn
3. Bag it and tag it

Express your Boo bag personality (but keep your identity a secret) by creating custom surprise elements. Have your kids design and color a small label that says “Terrifying Treats” or “Spooky Snacks.” Tie the bags with festive ribbons or add Halloween ornaments for a creative touch.

4. Play sneak-a-boo
Pick out a house and sneak up close. (Make sure its windows have no ghost that tells you clearly “We’ve been Boo’d!” It’s best to visit someplace new.) Hang the treats on the doorknob, ring the bell, then run! Once they get your poem and yummy food, they’ll know for sure that they’ve been Boo’d!



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