Saturday, September 17, 2011

Been Boo'd

I just love Halloween! I enjoy decorating for Halloween, attending and hosting parties, the fall colors and of course handing out treats to all of the pirates and princesses that come to our home on the 31st!!

For the past few years I've been making "Been Boo'd" kits and placing them on several of our neighbor’s doors a few weeks before Halloween. Five years ago, I never heard of a "Boo". If you haven't either, here's the gist:   put together a treat package with Halloween goodies for a neighbor (or two) and secretively place it on their door step (with a Boo sign and instructions). They in turn do the same for a neighbor that has not already been Boo'd. When a house is Boo'd they will place the Boo sign in their window showing they've been Boo'd. The fun starts around the middle of October and by Halloween nearly everyone in our neighborhood has little signs in their windows. There are all kinds of different ideas out on the internet. At Easter-time I shared my Easter "basket" tins. I pretty much do the exact same thing for my "Been Boo'd" kits (as well my Christmas tag gifts – post to come). I have confessed before that I have a never-ending supply of empty Tazo tea tins.

To cover the tins and make the signs I used the following (I make two of everything and boo two neighbors at a time):
1 sheet of patterned paper (We R Memory Keeps Designer Scrapbook Pad - Halloween)
3 sheets of solid paper to coordinate with patterned paper (PTI - Simply Chartreuse)
3 sheets of sold paper to coordinate (PTI - True Black)
30 inches of ribbon (PTI - True Black)
Ghost for sign 6 inches (Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge - Page 30)
Boo for sign 3 3/4 inches (Cricut Wild Card Cartridge - Page 68)
Ghost for inside lid 2 inches (Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up - Page 30)
Halloween Stamps (PTI - Been Boo'd)

The tin on the left shows the inside of the lid and the bottom of the tin. I like to cover the entire tin.
Since our development is only a few years old, most people have the same type of front door windows. I took measurements of our window and cut my sign to fit in perfectly.
Here are the poem and instructions I adhered to the back of the sign:

This treat is for you, we hope you enjoy
The idea is simple, one we hope you employ You pass "BOO" along to two other neighbors
Along with any kind of Halloween favors
If we all do our part, and spread the good cheer By Halloween night it will be very clear
We're a friendly bunch, we like to share fun
So please do your part to keep "BOO" on the run!

1. Enjoy your treat
2. Place this BOO sign visible in the window by your front door
3. Make 2 copies of this BOO (including these instructions) and make 2 treats
4. Secretly deliver to 2 neighbors/friends without a BOO
5. Keep an eye on nearby front doors to see how far and fast it spreads by Halloween

Here is a view of what is inside of each tin. I have two families in mind that I'd like to Boo (before someone else does), so I put things in the tins thinking of those kids while I shopped.

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