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Do You Boo?

I love holidays, my kids love holidays, and we all love the traditions surrounding them.

There’s something wonderful and comforting about traditions, knowing what’s coming, what to expect and making memories that last a lifetime.

I don’t know if Boo-ing is strictly a Southern thing, but I know that come October, doors all over our neighborhood start sporting “We’ve Been Boo-ed” signs.

I hadn’t heard of Boo-ing until we moved here to Corpus Christi, but that first October I saw  “We’ve Been Boo-ed” signs and buckets of goodies appearing all over our neighborhood.

Once I was told what Boo-ing was, I couldn’t wait for my kids to get to the age where we could join in on the fun!!!

We participate every year, sometimes we start it, and sometimes we get Boo-ed before I even realize it’s October!

This is my daughter’s favorite “We’ve Been Boo-ed” sign for this year

This one is designed by Anders-Ruff and can be downloaded along with the poem here.

My kids look forward to Boo-ing their friends and being Boo-ed every October, and start scouring the dollar sections of our favorite stores for treats to put in our Boo buckets to go along with our Poem, How to Boo instructions and signs..

Boo-ing is simple and it’s a lot of fun.
Find your favorite version of the “You’ve Been Boo-ed” Poem

The air is cool, the season fall, Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore… Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do, in fact a spook brought this “Boo” to you!

The excitement comes when friends like you, Copy this note and make it two.

We’ll all have smiles upon our faces, No one will know who “BOOed” who’s places!

Just two short days to work your spell, Keep it secret, hide it well.

PLEASE KEEP IT GOING BY FOLLOWING THESE DIRECTIONS:
1. ENJOY YOUR TREAT!
2. HANG YOUR “BOO” SIGN ON YOUR FRONT DOOR OR VISIBLE IN A WINDOW.
3. WITHIN 2 DAYS,
4. MAKE UP 2 BOO TREAT BASKETS OR BAGS AND
INCLUDE THE “BOO” SIGN AND INSTRUCTIONS.
5. SECRETLY DELIVER TO 2 NEIGHBORS OR FRIENDS.
6. KEEP AN EYE ON NEARBY FRONT DOORS AND
SEE HOW FAR AND FAST YOUR “BOO” SPREADS BY HALLOWEEN!

Gather up some goodies and put them with the signs and poems.

Choosing the Boo Bucket treats is different for everyone, but it’s definitely something my kids and I enjoy doing together.
We include a couple of yummy goodies – sometimes it’s candy, sometimes it’s cookies, it really depends on how busy we are at the time we’re doing the Boo-ing.  We also include stickers, pencils and a couple other Halloween themed goodies.

Once the buckets are completed, it’s time for the fun to begin!

Wait until dark and then drive/walk to your chosen house — QUIETLY place the bucket on their doorstep, ring the doorbell and RUN AWAY!!! This is my kids’ favorite part.

Watching my kids race towards me, giggling and tripping over each other with bright eyes and flushed faces is my favorite part :-).

There are lots of versions and copies of the “You’ve Been Boo-ed” poem and “We’ve Been Boo-ed” signs floating around the internet and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to search through all of them.

Because I’m so nice, I’ve made it easy for y’all by sharing with y’all my favorites by two extremely talented and generous designers.
A Couple of My favorites are:

Now that y’all know about Boo-ing.. get out there and have some fun!

 

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