Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Crafting Some Halloween Cheer for the Neighborhood

Ok so, we have lived in Orlando now for about seven months. We live in a nice little neighborhood where everyone waves and says hello in passing. Well now that Halloween is here, I thought it would be a nice idea to start a tradition that I came across when we lived in both Georgia and California. It's called Booing. There are many variations of this festive tradition, but basically it involves giving a small gift to a neighbor who then places a Boo decoration (ghost, pumpkin, bat, etc.) on their door so that the neighborhood knows they have been Booed. Then that person selects another neighbor to Boo and so on and so on. Ideally, the entire neighborhood will be Booed by Halloween night. It is a fun way for the whole neighborhood to spread some Halloween cheer.

So for this week's craft, I'm going to show you all how I made the Boo bucket that started the Booing in my neighborhood. If you are a regular reader, you know all about my gift buckets. If you are new to my blog--I design and create custom gift buckets (previously as a business and currently as a hobby.) Basically, I made a small Halloween themed candy bucket. (See my previous post on how to make a gift bucket for detailed instructions.)I then added several copies of paper ghosts in the bucket for neighbors to hang on their doors. I attached a cute little poem to the handle of the bucket explaining the tradition and giving the neighbor instructions on how to keep the Booing going.

For the poem, I just searched the internet until I found one that was cute. Then I made a few adjustments so that it would work for the bucket to be passed along neighbor to neighbor. Below is the text of the poem. I simply cut it out and glued it to orange paper to make it more decorative.

Since this is the time for goblins and bats
Halloween spirits and ghosts and cats,
Happenings are weird and witches make brew
The following are the things I wish for you:

May the only spirit you chance to meet
Be the spirit of love and friends that are sweet.
May the only goblin that comes your way
Be the neighborhood phantom, the breeze takes away.

So by tomorrow, pick a friend down the street
And give to them a Halloween treat.
Fill this bucket with goodies galore,
Then place it at their front door.

You only have one day to do this, so hurry
Leave treats on their door and run in a flurry
As this bucket moves along from friend to friend,
All good wishes go on and never end.


This is a fun and easy craft that is sure to get your neighborhood in the festive spirit for celebrating Halloween.

***If you are interested in purchasing a Boo Bucket or another Gift Bucket designed by me, please email me at schofield.jacie@gmail.com.

Happy Booing!


michelle @ sweet mady's said...

so cute!!

Kelsey said...

I just found you from SITS, so hi!

We always have "Booing" in our neighborhood, but yours is the cutest package I've seen yet! I love the idea of making a bucket with everything in it!!
You must be so creative!

flygal61 said...

Welcome to the Central Florida area. I think it would be great fun to be "booed" with a little gift. What a neighborly thing to do. I have never seen that taking place in this area, so if you can get it going I am sure it will catch on. Karen of Baby's Own Room.