We live in a neighborhood full of kids (and yes, we love it!), and especially as Anna gets older, we get included in more and more of the kids' activities. And apparently Halloween is no exception!
The neighbors have an annual tradition of "boo-ing" each other, where you leave a treat on the doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run away. You include a print-out of a ghost that says "We've been Boo-ed!" and the recipient is supposed to tape it up in their windows to let everyone know that they've been boo-ed for that year so all the kids get a treat. Then the recipient is supposed to do their own boo-ing to two new houses.
I had never heard of this before, but we did in fact get boo-ed this year with festive Halloween cookies. I did it all wrong though and threw away the ghost print out and we didn't boo anybody else, until I got clued in to the game!
A little bird told us that the girls next door to us (Anna's BFFs) were disappointed that they had only been boo-ed once so we decided that they needed another treat. We knew that everyone was gone all day on Friday and since it's hard to be sneaky with a baby and a dawdling toddler, we decided that Friday was the day to do it. I really really didn't want to have to make a separate trip to the store though, so I made some treat bags from stuff we had at home and I think they turned out pretty darn cute! I have no idea if the girls liked them but hopefully they did.
I made little cheesecloth ghosts to tie to the front of the gift bags, and we raided Anna's stroller treats to include some bags of M&Ms. And Anna added the finishing touch by contributing two of her mini pumpkins!
The funny part came about when I took the bags downstairs to show Steve and to collect the ghost pictures from the printer. Steve got all excited about it once I explained it and he said that he wanted to help too. So we each grabbed a kiddo, did some reconnaissance work to make sure no cars were in the neighbors' driveway, and sneaked over. Maddie and I positioned the treat bags on their front porch and Steve and Anna drew a big chalk ghost on their driveway that said "You've been Booed!".
On the way back in, Steve took a minute to show some UT spirit.
What a fun little tradition and one that we look forward to doing again (properly) next year! Happy Halloween, everybody!