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Have you been BOO-ed or have you BOO-ed someone?! I was BOO-ed last year for the very first time and my kiddos had smiles from ear to ear when they discovered the abandoned Halloween basket on our front doorstep full of goodies and treats. We had even more fun putting together a basket to “BOO” one of our neighbors.

As you can see from the pictures above, my sister, Bryn, was just BOO-ed for the very first time this past weekend. So much fun! 😀

Have you been BOO-ed before? Or have you been the BOO-er?

** Interested in doing this in your own neighborhood?! Check out more info here!

Looking to do something similar for Christmas?! Consider JINGLING a neighbor or friend. Just print out a a free “Jingle” sheet and include it with a delicious treat. Then leave it on someone’s door step, ring the bell, and run! Head over here for more information. I am including this holiday tradition in my Hip2Save This Holiday series as it is such a great way to get in the holiday spirit without investing much money (and it’s such a nice way to get your friends/neighbors in the holiday spirit!).

For more information on my new Hip2Save This Holiday series and to learn how you can participate in the fun, click here!

Collin founded Hip2Save in 2008 and has over 10 years experience as a deals and lifestyle editor, strategist, and creative copywriter. She is debt-free and has been featured in Parents Magazine, Today.com and MSNBC. Connect with Collin on LinkedIn

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  1. Karina

    I got boo-ed last night for the first time ever. Working on my two boos today and hope to get them out tomorrow.

  2. Corina

    We were Boo-ed yesterday by some friends of my son’s. The kids get so excited to see the surprise on the porch. We plan to spread the ‘Boo’. Our pumpkin was full of tasty & healthful snacks, which is nice. We picked up activity books & fruit roll ups and fangs to stuff in the pumpkins when we drop off on unsuspecting kids. We got Boo-ed twice last year, even though I place the ghost in our front storm door!

  3. janel

    Heard of it but never experienced it. Very cute!

  4. Anikka

    I’m going to start the “jingle” at my office! This is cute and fun!

  5. Jean

    We just did this last night in our neighborhood for 4 families…my kids beg to do it every week in October. We haven’t ever Jingled anyone but my kids will want to do that for sure in December….they will want to Turkey people in November too!!!

  6. Debbie Auen

    I have never heard of this…..but how much fun would this be……I may have to Boo someone just to say Ive done it……is there a message in the Halloween one too????

    • DJ

      If anyone one has Boo-ed messages that they have used, I would love to have you share. I have been booed and it is fun. I love the jingle idea and hope to do it at my work. I work at a college so doing a department will be fun and challenging.

  7. Mary

    In New Jersey My family has been “ghosted”,which is the same concept of being “booed”. My kids are in their twenties now but we have many fond memories of activities like this. If you have kids that play on sports teams there is another idea called “ring and run” where you deliver treats and inspirational messages to teammates before a big game. I did this for a few years for my daughter’s high school basketball team. My good friend has a terrific website http://www.celebrationideasonline.com where you can get info on ghosting and other party ideas.

  8. Susan @ The Royal Cook

    We’ve been boo-ed for (I think) the last 8 years. We LOVE it! It’s so much fun for the kids and they get so anxious that we end up starting it some years. 🙂


    My husband and I got jingled a couple years ago, its such a great surprise and such a wonderful thing to do for other people.

  10. Alea

    What fun!!! I never had either happen but would love to spread some holiday fun!

  11. mom

    We love boo-ing! We have been doing it for years (I stock up the prior year on basket items!) and my kids have such a great time ringing doorbells leaving their baskets and running. (You can sometimes hear them calling each other to the car (yelling) in a loud whisper “run, run, run” as they pull each other in the van by the seat of their pants and tell me to “go, go, go” It is one of their favorite things to do!)

  12. Dawn

    I have a “Boo-ed” message—actually 2 of them….a poem I wrote and another that is from someone else……I’ll write it up tonight! 🙂

  13. Dawn

    OOPS, I didn’t actually write a poem, so here are 2 other poems I have used. (Mine is a boring one that just says “I am the Phantom! If you don’t wish a curse upon your house, you must follow my instructions” (and then list them out)

    Poem #1:
    You have been SPOOKED by the Halloween Spirit!
    He’s quite a kind fellow, there’s no need to fear it.

    He loves to leave goodies in the dark of the night,
    knock on the door and slip out of sight.

    He tries very hard to do his best
    But in his grave this soul must rest.

    He asks your help to spread his fun–
    of our neighborhood families please choose one.

    Copy this poem and his portrait so white,
    choose a yummy treat that is sure to delight.

    Leave it at the door and ring the bell,
    run like the dickens and don’t ever tell!

    Accomplish your task in two moons at the most
    and don’t forget to post in the window your ghost–

    that all might see your part is done
    in helping to spread some Halloween fun!!!

    Happy Halloween!

  14. Dawn

    Poem #2: (not as good as Poem #1)
    The phantom has come to cast a spell
    On the place wherein you dwell
    So your misfortune he will tell
    If these directions are not done well

    Now that the phantom has chosen you
    Here are the things that you must do:
    First, place the ghost upon your door
    But don’t stop now there’s a little bit more.

    The ghost must stay till Halloween night
    And there’s even more to act just right.
    Pick two neighbors* that are really neat
    And give each one a special treat.

    Give them copies of the note and ghost
    So it they can also on their door post.
    Yes, act quickly—don’t delay!
    Or the phantom will strike on Halloween Day.

    From, The Phantom

    (*A fellow teacher put the word “Classes” instead and gave them to classrooms within the school :)—I think she had pencils, crayons, etc or erasers, not candy.)

  15. kelsey

    This is so cute!:) and nice! Just a reminder if anyone has extra stock pile items or toys dont forget about operation christmas child! if you dont know about the program just google it!

  16. Dawn


    The air is cool, it’s time for 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 to you!!
    With this short poem is some treats,
    Enjoy it all, they are yours to keep.

    The excitement comes when friends like you,
    Will copy it and make it two,
    We’ll all have smiles upon our faces,
    No one will know who BOOed our places!

    Just be sure that you don’t tell,
    Keep it secret, hide it well.
    Please join the fun, the seasons here.
    Just spread the BOO’s and Halloween cheer!

    1. Immediately place the enclosed ghost on your
    door or in your window.
    2. Within 2 days, make 2 treat bags and 3 copies of
    this sheet (so you have 4 sheets total – including
    the original).
    3. Places 1 sheet in each treat bag. Cut out the
    ghost from the other sheets and place one in
    each treat bag.
    4. Each package should contain a sheet, cut out
    ghost, and treats. Secretly deliver your
    2 packages to 2 neighbors who haven’t been
    BOOed yet!

  17. Emilytwinmom

    Last year my ‘hood did this, and it ended up being the same basket of candy passed from door to door – no one kept anything from it!!!

  18. MommySpendsLess

    This is such a great idea! A child in our neighborhood has been battling spinal cancer and I’m sure it’s been a very difficult year for his family. He’s the sweetest kid – mature, kind to the younger children and always smiling despite everything he’s been going through. We will definitely be “jingling” his family this year.

  19. Esther

    We have been the recipient and giver of being boo’ed. We put a picture of a ghost in the window so the neighbors know we’ve already been booed and it’s so much fun to make treats and deliver them to unsuspecting recipients! We will be doing this next week in our neighborhood, we usually do two or three families at the same time! We make cookies, give candy or fun little treats on a cute Halloween plate.

  20. Melody

    Just a warning guys-I did this and the neighbors that have known me for years did not take it the way it was intended and was worried/upset. I guess they didn’t like it being delivered anonymously with sealed candy corn in a bag in it and a few simple toys for the children of the house. So make sure you live in an area that is used to this concept or would not be upset by it. It’s been a bigger thing than I intended personally so I don’t want anyone else to get into that position too. I just like to give surprises to folks (without them feeling like they owed me anything-like a random act of niceness) around the holidays but not everyone takes it that way. Just a heads up.

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