Last Halloween season, my husband and I were returning home from an early sushi happy-hour date, when we spotted something "suspicious" taking place on our front stoop.

There were a few giggly kids (and a Dad) stealthily and "cartoonishly" tip-toe running away from our door, as we emerged from the car. My husband was about to inquire when it hit me, we were being BOOed. 

This was a first for me, but I had been waiting and hoping that we'd be introduced to this community tradition in our new neighborhood. 

So, you might be thinking, what is a "booing?" Sometimes, referred to as ghosting (not to be confused with going MIA after a date), it's when you anonymously leave Halloween goodies on a neighbor's doorstep

Want to bring this fun pre-Halloween tradition to your hood? I'm sharing a few spectacularly fun ways to make it happen. 


1. Map Out Your Boo Streak... Don't just hit ONE house. Boo at least three friends and strategize a plan of attack in advance. Can you walk with your kids to these houses or will you need an escape vehicle? (Last year, we spotted about eight kids piling into a Chevy Suburban after a successful booing and being whisked off by a parent escort! Safety first, always.

2. Give a Little Bit of Candy... but not too much. Halloween is approaching and there will be plenty of sweets--so tread lightly on your fellow parents while you can. Booing is usually a nighttime affair, you don't want to sugar kids up too much in the late pre-bed time hours, lest you make a new mom-enemy. 

3. Give Some Tricky Treats and Trinkets.. Finger tattoos, Halloween crafts from the $1 store, slime, stickers, and other frightfully fun finds will make for an awesome surprise package. 

4. Leave a Note... with a hint! The kiddos can't resist telling their friends anyway so you might as well have fun keeping them guessing in advance; include a message to "boo it forward." It's like a chain letter--without the threat--and it's so much more fun.

5. Don't Forget the Grown-Ups... The kids in our town are absolutely obsessed with booing--and, you know what, so are the adults. So much, in fact, that there's a 21+ spin-off version, called "boozing" your neighbors. (Yeah, I've yet to personally experience that one, but if anybody wants to show up on my door step with a bottle of wine, I won't argue.) 

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