Have you ever noticed a Halloween basket on your neighbor’s porch? Or have you seen a sign hanging from their front door saying, “We’ve been Booed!” ? If you have seen either of these, then you’ve seen a Halloween Boo Basket. This is one of our new favorite Halloween traditions!

Halloween Boo Basket

What is a Halloween Boo Basket?

If this is your first time hearing of a “Halloween Boo Basket,” let me fill you in. It’s a super fun tradition where you secretly leave a basket of Halloween goodies on the front porch of a neighbor or friend. Once they have been “Booed,” they hang a sign on their front door so other neighbors know they have already received a Boo Basket. Then, they pass on the fun by creating a Halloween Boo Basket and secretly gift it to another neighbor.

Is there anything more fun than hearing a knock at your door and finding a gift basket of Halloween fun on your porch? To top it off, you get to doorbell ditch someone else in return with more Halloween fun. Hello excitement!

Halloween Boo Basket

Neighbors With Children

Our neighbors have children. So in typical Maternal Hobbyist fashion, I like to take things up a level. Today, I have partnered with Party City to share a play-based learning Halloween Boo Basket. That’s right! I specifically chose each of the goodies listed below to double as fun and festive sensory bin activities. Even the paper shreds double as sensory filler, so every item in this Halloween Boo Basket is utilized. Of course I included tasty treats because what is Halloween without candy?

Halloween Boo Basket

Play-Based Learning Halloween Boo Basket:

October is around the corner, and Party City is my one-stop shop for all things Halloween! Seeing as how I am social distancing for the remainder of my pregnancy, I ordered these items online with free shipping. I was pleasantly surprised when my order arrived the NEXT day! And would you believe, I got all of this for less than $41!

Halloween boo basket goodies

How to make a Boo Basket:

  1. First, print the “You’ve Been Booed” tags below. Print multiple copies so you can include a few extras in the Halloween Boo Basket. (PRINT HERE)
  2. Then fill the bucket with two bags of paper shreds and add candy.
  3. Place the cling decals in the back of the treat bucket and add the “You’ve Been Booed” tags with instructions. This way your neighbor will know what to do after they have been “Booed”.
  4. Next, add the rest of the Halloween goodies (glow sticks, eyeballs, spider rings, puffy stickers and more).
  5. Finally, for the super fun part, secretly leave the Halloween Boo Basket on your neighbor’s front porch!

The Party City Experience

Party City makes it easy to create joy and unforgettable Halloween experiences for our family. For the helium-filled balloons, I was able to order online with curbside pick up at my local store. They also offer easy In-Store Pick up, or Free Delivery options as well.

So now all you need to do, is decide who you’re going to boo this Halloween! Are your kids excited to get in on this too? Have FUN and let me know who you would like to BOO this year in the comments below.

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  1. This is such a neat idea!! I don’t know how it would play out here in Brooklyn, but I’d definitely be down to try this with my neighbors!

    1. You can also create a Halloween Boo Bucket for a friend instead of a neighbor. You can include different items according to their particular likes as well. I can totally see an adult version or a version for a co-worker.

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