Have You Been Boo’d? Halloween Fun for the Neighbourhood

Have You Been Boo'dI love my neighbourhood. There are many times my husband and I look at one another and grin with glee that we somehow managed to plunk ourselves down in the neighbourhood-community of our dreams. If you watched Gilmore Girls Star’s Hollow isn’t a far stretch from the community we live in. As everyone knows, it isn’t the houses, the roads, or the property values that make for the perfect neighbourhood, it is the people. The folks in our community are top notch and we are tickled pink to be amongst them.

One of the reasons I love our neighbourhood is the holiday traditions. Yes, sometimes we feel like we are trying to keep up with the Joneses, but I love that fact that major holidays are celebrated in an out-loud way. Whether it is enthusiastic Christmas light displays, the annual community summer potluck or the neighbourhood Easter egg hunt, hundreds of families come together and make memories. My favourite tradition, however, is the Halloween boo-ing game.

Have You Been Boo'dIn early October, every year, ghosts start popping up on the front doors of houses. I have absolutely no idea who starts it every year (I hope they never move). The game is to drop off a ghost and a bag of candy on the front door step of a neighbour’s house. Knock on the door and then run for your life because you don’t want to be caught as the “boo-er”. Talk about fun with kids! It is funny to listen to them playing in the back lane asking one another, “have you been boo’d yet?”

When you receive a ghost, you are responsible for boo-ing 2 houses. The game grows exponentially and soon there are ghosts on the doors of almost all the houses. I am sure the local dollar store wonders why they sell out of white cardstock every year at this time. My husband is a teacher to many of the neighbourhood kids. We love that each year the ghost we receive is personalized to the subject he teaches at the local high school.

If you want to start the game in your community, here are more complete details on how to play the game. Happy boo-ing everyone!

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