Best idea for Halloween neighbourhood fun ever!

by DaniGirl on October 19, 2011 · 7 comments

in Fun for kiddies, Ottawa Family Fun, Postcards from Manotick

I simply had to interrupt my series of post-Blissdom Canada posts to share this awesome Halloween fun idea with you!

Last night, I was loading the dishwasher and checking homework and doing laundry and preparing lunches and all the other fun things we do between dinnertime and bedtime when I heard a very faint knock on the door. I figured it was Beloved, who had been teaching late, and that one of the kids had slipped the lock on the door, so sent Lucas to open the door for him. When Lucas reported that nobody was there, I stuck my nose out, wondering if maybe the screen door had come loose again.

This was sitting on the porch:

Boo 1 (1 of 1)

Boo 2 (1 of 1)

A plastic cauldron filled with inexpensive Halloween treats and toys, dropped anonymously on the porch — how amazing is that?! The boys and I were tickled orange and black! Also in the cauldron were two pieces of paper. One had a big black BOO printed on it, and the other had a happy little Halloween poem and a set of instructions that said:

  1. Enjoy your treat.
  2. Place your BOO on your front door.
  3. Now you have 24 hours to copy this twice, make 2 treats, copy 2 BOOs and secretly deliver them to 2 neighbours who do not have a BOO on their front door.
  4. Then watch how far this spreads by Halloween.

Is that not AWESOME? I’d never heard of anything like this, but Twitter seemed to have heard of this and called it “ghosting” and “BOOing” — apparently it’s a thing now. And don’t you want to totally start it in your neighbourhood? Well, you should! And to help, I’ve scanned the original poem and BOO sign and saved them as PDFs in dropbox, so you can print out your own copies and start the BOO flowing in your neighbourhood!

What fun! Now I’m off to BOO two of my neighbours, too!


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara October 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I am going to buy some stuff to do my own boo baskets after work.

I’m excited to see if this will take off in my neighbourhood.

2 Carly October 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

What a fabulous idea – I’ve never heard of that before. We’re not big on Hallowe’en around here, but I would love to do something like this at Christmas or Easter! Totally awesome.

3 CoCo October 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I am always so impressed by creative people. Almost makes me wish I was young again !

4 Jen October 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I’ve heard of this! It’s such a neat idea… I’m feeling a trip to Dollarama in my future.

5 SleegsSkees October 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

What a fantastic idea. I’m thinking of doing it as a gift for the baby shower I’m hosting this weekend. Not so sure it would work in my neighbourhood.

6 Alison October 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

We did this among friends an neighbours here in Stittsville for a few years, my kids LOVED it!

7 Karen October 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I so wanted to do this, but time just got away from me. I’m going to try to bring it back to mind this time next year – it would be so much fun to do!

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