Halloween in Australia has been growing in popularity over the past decade. It’s a fun holiday that allows friendly neighbourhoods to come together, dress up and enjoy a few tricks and treats.
Although things might be a little different this year, we have found a safe and easy way you can keep the spooky spirit alive in your neighbourhood!
Enter BOO-ing, a new way to celebrate Halloween with minimum physical contact and maximum fun! If you’ve ever been BOO’d, you’ll know it’s not quite as scary as it sounds. It can be a safe, “pay-it-forward” initiative to surprise your neighbours and spread the Halloween joy with a frightfully fun treat.
What in the world is Boo-ing?
Also known as Ghosting or being Boo’d, to “boo” someone means to leave an anonymous Halloween surprise at their door in the days leading up to Halloween or on the day itself.
How to make a Halloween Boo bucket
Creating a Boo bucket for Halloween is very simple. All you need is the following:
- A Halloween-themed Boo bucket, like a plastic pumpkin bucket.
Our tip: Get creative and decorate a plain bucket or box with spooky stickers! You could even have a painting session and decorate your container with spooky red had prints, a creepy white cobweb or experiment with spooky Halloween-themed stamps.
- Boo-ing signs and instructions. Download yours for free here!
You’ll also need a variety of Halloween-themed treats to include in your Boo bucket, such as:
- Individually-wrapped candies
- Wrapped chocolate bars
- Glow sticks
- Halloween stickers
- A cute Halloween-themed mug
- Bouncy balls
How does Boo-ing work?
The Boo-ing treat usually consists of a Halloween-themed bucket filled with treats like lollies and fun games.
- Start by creating a Boo bucket. Once you have everything you need, arrange your items in the Boo bucket, making sure that the Boo-ing instructions are clearly visible.
You can then leave your bucket at a friendly neighbour’s front doorstep along with a note proclaiming “You’ve been Boo’d!”
- When you leave the Boo bucket, ring your neighbour’s doorbell and quickly run and hide! If you’re really sneaky, you can hide nearby and watch your neighbours find the bucket.
To really make things interesting, you can “boo” multiple neighbours. If Boo-ing is a new tradition in your neighbourhood, allow extra days before Halloween to spread the Boo-ing fun! This will allow enough time for your neighbours to “boo” someone else! Boo-ing multiple people should kick off the treat-giving in your neighbourhood and hopefully, you’ll start a fun tradition that you and your neighbourhood can continue every year.
- Once your neighbour has received the treat, they can use the sign provided in the bucket. The sign should be posted in their window and should say something like; “We’ve been Boo’d”. This lets the rest of the neighbourhood know not to “boo” them again, so that even more neighbours can get involved.
- Then, if they like, to continue the Boo-ing, the receiver can create their own Boo bucket, and “boo” someone else in the neighbourhood, continuing the cycle.
To kick it up a notch, you can also “boo” your teachers, siblings or other friends or family members outside of the local neighbourhood.
Get started by downloading our Boo-ing instructions and signs here. Happy Halloween!