How to ‘Boo’ Your Family, Friends, & Neighbors + Free Printable


how to 'boo' your family, friends, & neighbors this halloween season Ah, Halloween! A time of spooks, scares, and… surprises? Yes! While Halloween typically conjures up images of haunted houses and trick-or-treating, there’s another tradition sneaking its way into hearts and neighborhoods: “Boo”-ing! If you’re unfamiliar with this ghostly game or are looking to up your “Boo” game this year, read on.

What is “Boo”-ing?

“Boo”-ing, also known as ghosting or the Phantom Phantom game, is a friendly neighborhood tradition where you surprise your neighbors, friends, or family with a bag of treats. Once “Boo”-ed, they’re tasked with doing the same for others. It’s a delightful way to spread Halloween spirit!

How to “Boo” Like a Pro:

  1. Prepare Your “Boo” Bags:
    • Fill treat bags with Halloween goodies. This could be candy, small toys, homemade baked goods, or even little Halloween trinkets.
    • Consider any allergies or preferences. For neighbors you don’t know well, stick to non-food treats or common allergen-free goodies.
  2. Include a “Boo” Poem or Note:
    • Your note should explain the “Boo”-ing process and encourage the recipient to pass on the fun. A simple poem might read: “You’ve been ‘Boo’-ed! Enjoy your treat, Pass on the fun, keep it neat! Now it’s your turn, choose a friend or two, And let them know they’ve been ‘Boo’-ed by you!”
  3. Stay Stealthy:
    • Choose a time when your target is unlikely to spot you, such as early evening. Sneak up, place your “Boo” bag on their doorstep, ring the doorbell (or knock), and make a speedy getaway! The element of surprise is key.
  4. Keep the Chain Going:
    • If you’ve been “Boo”-ed, consider placing a sign or note on your door or window indicating you’ve already been a victim of the phantom fun. This helps avoid duplicate “Boo”-ings and encourages spreading the fun to as many people as possible.
  5. Expand Your “Boo” Horizon:
    • While neighbors are the usual targets, consider “Boo”-ing coworkers’ desks, friends’ houses, or even classrooms (with permission, of course).
  6. Safety First:
    • Always ensure the treats you’re giving are safe and sealed. If delivering baked goods, label them clearly and provide a list of ingredients to avoid any allergy issues.

Why You Should “Boo” This Season:

  • Community Building: In times when neighborhoods might feel a little distant, this playful game fosters community spirit and connection.
  • A Welcome Surprise: In a year full of unpredictabilities, a pleasant surprise can brighten someone’s day immensely.
  • It’s Simple Fun: At its heart, “Boo”-ing is about the joy of giving and the thrill of a little Halloween mischief.

So, as the leaves turn golden and the nights draw in, why not add a little mystery to the mix? Start a “Boo”-ing tradition in your community and watch as the Halloween happiness spreads. After all, who doesn’t love a good-natured ghostly game? Happy “Boo”-ing! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ¬

Free Printable

Are you ready to start a new Halloween tradition amongst your family, friends, and neighbors? Download and print our You’ve Been Booed printable! Be sure to tag us on social media, too!
you've been booed printable with instructions on how to 'boo'

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