You've Been Booed
We love all things Halloween over here. In fact, in our house, we don't have an Elf on the Shelf. We have a Skeleton in the Closet named Bob. Bob moves around each night playing tricks and giving the occasional treat to the kids. Yes. All. Month. Long. (you have to love Halloween to keep up that shtick).
We're not sure where our love of Halloween came from, but we definitely live in the perfect Halloween obsessed neighbourhood...
....unless, of course, you have a child who is extremely frightened of Halloween decorations (like ours). Aside from having to take a completely different route to school to avoid the really scary houses, October is one of our favourite months. It's SSB season (sweater, scarf, and boots) and the leaves are changing, so it's the perfect time to get outside, explore the neighbourhood, and pick out our favourite trees and front yard and porch decorations.
I don't know about your house, but long before October 31st, the kids are planning out their costumes and their trick or treating routes, so a few years ago we came up with a fun activity that gets them excited about the big night while also practicing kindness and thoughtfulness.
You've Been Booed
What is "You've Been Booed"? The idea is simple, you fill up a little goodie bag of treats, print off the two printables, and secretly deliver them to your neighbours'. The kids LOVE this part. They love doing good while being a bit sneaky (treats and tricks). They love tiptoeing up to each door, ringing the doorbell and then running away *attempting* to hide before the door is open. We hide behind trees and cars to watch our neighbours open the door and find their surprise. Since it's often the parents who answer the door and kids are notoriously bad at staying quiet (imagine hearing the bushes break into a spontaneous fit of giggles), the neighbours are quick to assess that their surprise treats safe to consume.
Care to start this new tradition in your neighbourhood? Download the full directions and Boo sign here.