Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I have to be honest, I really don't like Halloween. I don't like what it stands for, or the characters people dress up as, or the shows and movies on TV at this time of year, or... well, my list goes on.

What I DO like is candy, and dressing up (in happy costumes) and the sense of community I feel when the temps are lower and everyone is outside and hyped up on sugar :-) SO, while we don't decorate or watch scary movies, and we have some strong limitations on costumes and characters, we do dress up and eat candy and play outside and THIS year is the first year we've been BOO-ED!!

I'm new to 'BOO-ing' so if you are, too here's a run-down (there are SO many versions, I've recently learned so I'll just still with the one I know);

~ We got home the other night from dinner and there was a cute Halloween gift bag sitting on our front step. Inside was this poem....

You've Been Boo-ed!

The phantom ghost has come to town
To leave some goodies... I see you've found.
If you wish to make this a happier fall...
Continue this greeting, this phantom call.

First, post this Phantom where it can be seen,
And leave it there until Halloween.
This will scare other Phantoms who may visit.
Be sure to participate, you don't want to miss it!

Second, make two treats,
Two ghosts and two notes like this.
Deliver them to two neighbors who may have been missed.
Don't let them see you, be sneaky, no doubt,
(and make sure they put their BOO Ghosts out)

Next, you have only one day to act, so be quick!
Leave it at doors where the Phantom hasn't hit.
Deliver at dark when there isn't much light...
Ring the doorbell and run, and stay out of sight!!

And last, but not least, come join in the season.
Don't worry, be happy for all the right reasons.
This is all in good fun and we are just trying to say...
And this little guy (well, I didn't like the one that came with our's so I switched it out for this cute guy....)
Our bag was also full of yummy treats; some candy, some chips, cookies... yum!

So last night we filled 2 bags with treats of our own; candy, fruit roll-ups, apples (yep, i'm 'that' mom), and a special bag inside the big bag marked 'for mommy' with some yummy chocolates in it :-) Then, we bundled up and headed out to roam the neighborhood for 2 houses that had yet to be 'BOO-ED'. Hannah had such a fun time running from house to house and it really did make me excited to trick-or-treat with her this year. (Just WAIT till you see what she's going to be :-))

We got home last night and I started feeling slightly left-out and confused... I got to thinking, "Why do the kids get to have all the fun? What about the ADULTS?" :-)

So I wrote my own version of the "BOO" poem and decided that I'm going to do my best to start a new tradition for the adults in our neighborhood... we need to have some fun, too! Here's my poem (don't get critical, now... I never said I was a poet ;-))....

New traditions come with new neighbors
So here’s a new one for (name of neighborhood) to savor;
Kids get to ‘boo’ and run for cover
Now it’s our turn, fathers and mothers.

We don’t get to trick and we don’t get to treat,
And the candy we steal is the candy we eat.
Well, it’s a new day and you’re one who’s been picked.
It’s time for a treat not chewed, bit, or licked.

Not every home has a kid but each one has an adult.
The goal of this game has a creative result.
Like being ‘boo-ed’, you have work to do.
Shop your heart out but classy’s better, it’s true.

Some chocolate, a gift card, some d├ęcor, or wine.;
Keeping ‘adults’ in mind ensures a good time.
$5 or less, yes boundaries are good.
Classy but cheap should work, yes it could.

You have ONE day; copy 2 times, post the glass on your door.
Fill up two bags, ring two door-bells, hit the floor!
Keep the secret or tell, that’s not the point;
In a season of giving, let’s rock this joint!

So, there ya go :-) This is the extent of my creativity and it's all because I felt slightly left out. HA! I'll let you know if this new 'BOO' technique works.

Have you been 'Boo-ed'? If not, consider starting this in your neighborhood... we've met some new friends through 'boo-ing' and it's such a fun thing for the kids to do!


  1. I started this in our neighborhood in Missouri after reading your post and so far, it's been a huge hit! Thanks!

  2. This is so cute! I'm in SC and i'm going to try and start this tonight!


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