Sunday, October 21, 2012


It's that time. One of those Halloween traditions I really enjoy...
In fact I have enjoyed it a lot more this year than I ever did when the kids were little because for the first time I actually have enough financial security to be a little generous. To have a little fun.

What is it? BOOing! We were BOOed Friday night... I actually know who BOOed us, but nevermind... a few of us (re: the Couch to Keg team) had discussed it and how we'd get it going. And we discussed who we'd BOO.

Wait... Maybe I am starting too far in... What IS BOOing?

The leaving of a little goodie basket on a porch of a couple people, and tagging them to ALSO do it for a few people... until everybody has gotten a little Halloween goodie bad... I found the following online to go with it:

(and because it it impossible to read from the pic...)
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 "BOO"ed whose places!
Just two short days to work your spell, 
Keep it secret, hide it well.
Please join the fun, the seasons here .
Just spread these "BOO's" and Halloween cheer

I found it here

I had so much fun putting together the loot, too... I chose two houses with kids (one with three, one with one) all young, all boys. This was the loot I got:

Little punkins...
glow sticks...
peanut butter eyeballs...
glow-in-the-dark bats...
cocoa packets...
and for the baby... a vampire binky...

And then it needs to be delivered with stealth... so one needs... A MINION! Here is my minion, grumbling that I made him go during the day, but HEY, we were delivering to small children.

Is that the most amazing costume ever, or what? I figured he looked the roll for delivering Halloween goodies in it, so I begged and pleaded (and might have bought him new ear buds for his iPod).

Do any of you do this in your neighborhood?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No, but you can come leave me a goodie bag!
That is the most unique costume I have ever seen.

Erin Kane Spock said...

I've been booed before and did boo, in turn. That was more than 10 years ago.
California neighborhoods are really closed-doored. We ignore each other and attempts at friendliness are met with suspicion (unless the person's not a native Californian, then they're relieved).

Shannon Lawrence said...

Love the minion! What a good sport!

We got boo'd for the first time ever, and I am looking forward to going to the store to putting together some fun stuff. I am thinking we will hit a house with 2 kids and another house with 6 kids. Yep, 6. I'm betting other people will skip their house, and that's not fair.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

We've booed and been booed, but not in the last couple of years....too bad, because my kids loved it. Maybe I should start it this time.

Creepy Query Girl said...

That is so cool! And the costume is just awesome. Wish Halloween was bigger here in france. It's hard just to get my neighbors to participate.

Old Kitty said...

All I know about halloween celebrations are a sudden abundance of pumpkins in the shops, chocolate spiders and trick or treating kids on the 31st Oct! LOL!

This Boo-ing tradition is certainly new and most NAKED!

Take care

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's a clever idea. I think it would be fun.

Hart Johnson said...

Alex-That's a long way to send my minion! Especially as he has no driver's license yet.

Erin-that's too bad that Cal is so closed that way! I know I'm really lucky our neighborhood is as fabulous as it is, though.

Shannon-Oh, good of you to take on the huge family! I think you're probably right!

Elizabeth-this was our first year in several, too and I think we were mostly part of it because my buddy started it.

Katie-yeah, Halloween is a sad one to miss!

Kitty-definitely naked!

Diane-I'm surprised you haven't run into it on one coast or the other!

LTM said...

omg! YES! That is the greatest costume evah! :D

We started booing about three years ago when we lived in SF, and it was SO fun. Our neighborhood there really REALLY got into it. Since we've moved here, the girls ask to do it every year, and we DO do it every year. But it's more for the experience of the three of us running around together at night.

Our neighbors here don't boo back. But yay!!! Happy Halloween! <3

Johanna Garth said...

We've been booed before and it's so much fun! I forgot about that tradition, maybe I need to start it up again...hmmm.

lbdiamond said...

Ha! What fun!

Melissa said...

Never heard of BOOing - but I love it! Love the costume, too!!! :D

The only special Halloween thing I ever did was paper the houses we visit with fliers a few days beforehand, then collected canned goods and non-perishables for the local food pantry when we went trick-or-treating.

Adina West said...

Had to follow your links back to this one, cos it is one COOL costume! Seriously, it could be anyone in there. Why not Sworder indeed! :-)