Booing, also called Ghosting, is kind of like the old chain letter idea. If you
aren't old enough to remember chain letters, it worked like
this. You sent, say, five letters to people, usually money
was involved like a dollar bill. The five people sent the
same letter out and moved their name up on the list of
people included inside and you'd end up with a hundred
dollars if everyone did it right. There was always a threat
of bad luck to anyone who broke the chain. It was popular in
the 70's and fortunately has died out.
Booing works under the same
principle except that it's fun and there's no money or
threat involved. You make
two treat bags and place one each at the front door of two
different neighbors. You can deliver them on the same night
but make sure that you are not seen. Half the fun in doing
this is the anonymity of it. Place the bag at
the neighbor's front door, ring the door bell or knock and then run! You don't want
them to see that it was you that did it. Inside the bag,
they will find some Halloween candy, a poem/letter
describing Booing and a picture of a ghost or (as we did)
a hand made felt ghost to put on their front door. They'll
be sticking the ghost on their front door to show that they
have been Boo-ed already so no one else will hit them again.
If they have the Halloween
spirit, they'll do what the note says and make two bags and
repeat the process themselves with two other neighbors.
Booing can be started anytime during October. The earlier you start, the
better chance you have of more Ghosts spreading around!
To Boo someone, you first make
up a couple of treat bags for two of your neighbors. Use brown
lunch bags or Halloween treat bags, enough Halloween candy for
the two bags, a copy of
the "You've Been Boo-ed" letter and two ghost
pictures or felt cut-outs. Put some candy, one letter and
one ghost picture or felt cut-out in each of the bags.
Wait till it's
dark and sneak over to a neighbor's house, leave the bag on
their porch, ring the bell or knock on the door and run away. The point is to not
let them see you! If it works out, your Boo-ed neighbors
will do the same and Boo two more people. Before you know
it, your whole town will have Boo-ed each other! If you
have your kids do this, make sure that an adult goes with
them when they go Booing. If it doesn't look like your neighbors
are pitching in after a couple days have gone by, then Boo a couple more houses until
others join in!
You'll need to
put a note in the bag that explains what Booing is about,
you can use the poem below or write one of your own. If you
write your own, make it clear and concise so that it
explains exactly what they need to do to carry on the
friendly "Ghost" has come your way, now pass
two more on
within two days!
neighbors, friends that will join in! Let the door to
door "Booing" begin!
two treat bags and candy for two, make
two copies of this
letter and two Booing Ghosts will do!
Fill a bag
with candy and treats. Drop in this letter and the ghost
and then repeat!
forget to hang this Ghost upon your front door, if you
forget, well, you might get more!
wait until the sun goes down and sneak to their front
the bag down and ring the door bell, then get run away
fast and never tell!
They'll open the door and find a treat, watch the smile
on their face, it's really quite sweet!
Do this when
it's dark and kids, go with an adult. Leave it on the
porch, ring the door bell and run! The object is to not
let anyone know who is Booing each other for fun!
See how many
Booing Ghosts pop up on doors before Halloween! To not spread
the Ghosts, is frankly, just mean!
Halloween! Let's start this tradition of "Booing" in
our neighborhood, please join in!
That's about it! It's easy
to do, it's fun and put will put your friends and neighbors
in a Halloween mood. You can buy Halloween treat bags right
after Halloween when they go on sale and save them for the
next year. To make felt ghost, you just need a couple
squares of white felt. Cut out the ghost shape, use a black
felt pen to make the eyes and write "BOO!" on it somewhere.