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You’ve Been Booed! – Fun Halloween Activity with Free Printable!

Spread spooky vibes throughout your neighborhood with this simple Halloween activity. You’ve Been Booed is fun for kids of all ages, and is sure to become a well-loved holiday tradition. 

And be sure to check out my You’ve Been Booed free printable! Nine out of ten ghouls think it’s totally fab-BOO-lous!

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Booing is as Simple as 1, 2, 3!

You’ve Been Booed is a Halloween-themed pay-it-forward activity with a tag-you’re-it vibe. Neighbors take turns secretly delivering boo baskets filled with Halloween-themed treats to houses with kiddos. 

And the guidelines are as simple as 1, 2, 3!

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Step 1 - Place the We’ve Been Booed Sign on Front Door

When someone receives a boo basket, they place a We’ve Been Booed sign in a visible spot on their front porch to indicate that they’ve already been booed. Typically a front-facing window or the front door work best. 

Each house is booed only one time.

Step 2 - Gather Spooky Treats to Share

Once someone gets booed, it is their turn to boo another house with kids in the neighborhood. 

The booer gathers together some spooky, Halloween-themed goodies to share and places them in a bucket or basket of choice along with a copy of the You’ve Been Booed and We’ve Been Booed signs. 

Ideally, they would boo someone else within two days of being booed.

Step 3 - Secretly Deliver Boo Basket

Using ultimate ninja-level stealth, deliver the specially curated boo-basket to an unsuspecting neighbor that hasn’t yet been booed. 

Then the cycle repeats until Halloween!

THREE DIFFERENT BOO BASKETS FILLED WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF HALLOWEEN GOODIES SITTING ON TABLE.

You’ve Been Booed Free Printable

I’ve created this adorable You’ve Been Booed free printable to help get you started. 

One half of the page is the We’ve Been Booed sign to hang on the front door once you’ve been booed. The other side is the You’ve Been Booed basket stuffer complete with the instructions for future booers. 

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This Halloween printable is designed to print on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper in landscape orientation. 

These printables do best when printed on cardstock, but regular printer paper works as well. 

If you’re kicking off this Halloween activity in your neighborhood, you could print several copies so that future booers have what they need to keep the chain going. Or each booer can print their own copy by visiting Ever Harc. To make it extra easy, the website is listed at the bottom of each printable!

Another option is to laminate a copy of the You’ve Been Booed instructions so that the same printable follows each subsequent boo basket. Then each family can make their own We’ve Been Booed sign to display.

OVERHEAD VIEW OF YOU'VE BEEN BOOED PRINTABLES SITTING ON A TABLE SURROUNDED BY HALLOWEEN TREATS.

You’ve Been Booed Ideas

There are so many fun things that you can add to a Halloween boo-basket. 

While candy is an obvious choice,  most kids will end up with more candy than they can possibly eat once Halloween rolls around. Aside from a few novelty candies, I generally try to fill boo baskets with non-candy items. 

I’ve listed just a few non-candy You’ve Been Booed ideas to consider below.

Boo Basket Ideas

CLOSEUP OF BOO BASKET FILLED WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF HALLOWEEN GOODIES AND TOYS AS WELL AS YOU'VE BEEN BOOED SIGNS.

Themed Boo Baskets

You can take these boo baskets one step further and fill them with items that stick to an overall theme. Here are just a few ideas for a themed You’ve Been Booed basket:

  • S’mores Theme: Add Halloween-themed marshmallow peeps, mini chocolate bars, graham crackers and glow sticks.
  • Same Color Basket: Select a color and add only things of that color to the basket. Orange, black, red and green are all great color options for Halloween!
  • Movie-Night Theme: Pick a Halloween movie (Hocus Pocus, anyone??) and add some popcorn and popcorn flavoring, a fun drink with a Halloween cup, some fuzzy socks and a box of candy.
  • Halloween Craft Basket: Add all the arts and crafts supplies needed for a fun Halloween craft. 
  • Baking Basket: Fill this basket with some Halloween-shaped cookie cutters, a fun spatula, sprinkles, chocolate chips and cookie mix. You could even make the basket a mixing bowl!

Looking for some budget-friendly ideas for your boo basket?

Look no further than these FREE Halloween-themed coloring pages!

Because free fits into every price range 🙂

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CLOSEUP OF BOO BASKET WITH HALLOWEEN SOCKS, SKELETON HANDS, SPIDER RINGS AND OTHER TREATS.

FAQs About This Halloween Activity

Q: When to start You’ve Been Booed?

A: I generally start this activity 2-3 weeks before Halloween. If you live in a large neighborhood with a lot of kids, it may not hurt to begin as soon as October hits.

Q: What are some common variations for this activity?

A: While You’ve Been Booed is a pretty straightforward activity, there are a few variations you can try. 

The first is to ring the doorbell and run away and hide when delivering the basket. This is fun for kids, but not always appreciated by parents. It’s also a bit of a let down if the family isn’t home when delivering the basket.

Another variation is for each family to ‘boo’ two other families instead of just one. This works especially well for larger communities or when working in a shorter timeframe.

Q: How do you know what age group, gender and how many kids to plan for?

A: It’s sometimes difficult to know all of the families in your neighborhood. 

Usually, my kids know the general ages and how many kids are in each family since they all play together often. 

Our community also has a Facebook group where I can connect with other parents in a low-pressure, non-invasive way. 

If all else fails, it never hurts to fill a boo basket with generic items that most kids can use and will enjoy such as stickers, coloring items, stuffed animals, etc.

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Sharon
2 days ago

This looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks so much for the great idea.

Noelle
2 days ago

I love these!! I’ll be sharing this with some friends with little ones

Kirsten Smith
2 days ago

Love these! I’ll be using some of these ideas this year.

Jenn
2 days ago

Love this idea so much! What a great way to connect with neighbors and friends!