Halloween Booing is a fun and festive game of 'tag, you're it' complete with spooky treats and Halloween goodies! It's a great way to inspire some Halloween cheer throughout the neighborhood, and the whole family can help prepare the goody bags! We have everything you need to get started boo-ing your neighbors and friends!
Halloween Boo-ing Ideas
Fall is in the air, and that means Halloween is not far behind! From costumes to cobblers and everything in between, there are many traditions to love about this time of year, and Boo-ing is my personal favorite!
If you are like me and love to celebrate Halloween all month long, BOOing is the way to do it. (Especially if you love baking as much as I do!) It is the perfect way to get the goodies circulating in the neighborhood early.
What is BOOing?
BOOing is a bit like reverse trick or treating. Rather than going to your neighbors to ask for treats, you deliver treats to your neighbors. Another way to think about it is like a Halloween version of Secret Santa.
Just like with Secret Santa, BOOing is done anonymously and helps get everyone in the holiday spirit. To BOO someone, you drop off a little goody bag anonymously to a neighbor, friend, or family member.
Goody bags can be filled with candy, Halloween games, or my personal favorite – homemade treats! Follow these steps to get BOOing started in your neighborhood.
Already been BOOed?! Skip down to What to do if you’ve been BOOed to see how you keep the game going.
Make sure you also read to the bottom for my favorite homemade BOOing treats to try this year! Or check out our tasty Halloween treats here!
How to Start the BOOing Game in your Neighborhood!
Make Your Boo Bags
- Choose two to three families you want to BOO! These can be families in your neighborhood, friends, or family. *Note: The best BOOing activity is one that keeps going. Choosing at least two people to give goodies to makes the game more likely to continue. Even if one (or two) families can’t BOO someone else, at least one family is likely to keep it going.
- Decide what type of treats you want to deliver. Read to the bottom to see my favorites!
- Make your goody bags or plates. Don’t forget to have fun and get in the Halloween Spirit. Even something as simple as a pumpkin plate or orange bag works. If you want to get creative, pick up some plastic trick-or-treat pails at the dollar store.
- Make You’ve been BOOed! signs to go with your treat bags or plates. These can be printed on paper or handwritten. Place one on with each set of treats. Don’t put your name! Remember, this is meant to be anonymous.
- Include a set of directions on What to Do if You’ve Been BOOed! I’ve included an example below that you can copy and use.
- Create We’ve Been BOOed! signs. Include one of these with each treat bag/plate. This is to help ensure that more people get BOOed!
- Once your treats and signs are put together, they are ready to deliver!
Deliver Your Boo Bags
- Choose a time to deliver your treats when it will be easy to be sneaky. Remember, this is more fun if it’s anonymous!
- Drop your treats on your neighbor’s porch. Be sneaky! Ring the doorbell and run! *Note: If you are delivering treats to a family that has small children, be mindful of times when kids may be sleeping. Another option is to make it anonymous only for the kids. That way, you can ask the parents the best time to drop off treats.
- When you get home, put a We’ve Been Booed! sign outside your door. This will ensure that someone else gets booed and keeps the game going. However, if you are up for doing the BOOing again (if someone boos you back), feel free to leave the sign indoors!
- Sit back and enjoy some of the treats you made. Wait to hear of the whisperings in the neighborhood of the fun you’ve started!
What to do if you’ve been BOOed!
The first thing is to hang up your We’ve Been Booed Sign. This lets others in the community know that you have already been BOOed and allows them to pass the fun along to someone else.
Once you’ve put up your sign, start thinking about who you want to BOO! Remember that to keep the game going, it is best to deliver to at least two people.
However, once a BOOing game has started, the list of names who have NOT been BOOed yet may get shorter. Therefore, it is a good idea to have some backup names.
The next step is to decide what you are going to BOO people with! What BOO gift you give is up to you. You can do trick-or-treat bags with traditional candy or make your own treats.
In addition to getting your BOO bags ready with sweets, make copies of the signs and directions. Include these items with your BOO bag:
- You’ve Been BOOed! sign.
- We’ve Been BOOed! sign.
- What to Do When You’ve Been BOOed! directions.
Best BOOed Gifts & Treats To Make
BOOing is not only an activity that builds community in the neighborhood but also at home! Making your own treats at home is a fun way to spend time as a family.
Here are some of my favorite BOO treats to make! When making treats for other people, keep in mind any potential allergies. *Note: It is best to avoid nuts. If you do use nuts, place a note on your BOO bag that states it has nuts.
- Candy Corn Rice Krispies Treats - Everyone loves Rice Krispies treats, especially when they are speckled with pieces of yummy candy corn!
- Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Pinwheels - Orange, yellow, and white swirled sugar cookies that are so easy to make!
- Meringue Ghosts - These delightfully tasty marshmallow-like ghosts are a great way to get in the festive Halloween spirit!
- Mummy Macarons - Delicate cookies that are incredibly tasty but easy and fun to make with mummy decorations!
Be sure to check out all of my best and favorite Halloween appetizers for all of your ghastly party planning! Get the whole neighborhood in the spirit with all of my fantastic trunk-or-treat ideas, too!
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Halloween Boo-ing: Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats (+ More Boo Bag Gifts and Goodies!)
- Lightly coat a 9 x 13 baking pan with butter, or line with parchment paper.
- Stovetop Method: In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the mini marshmallows (reserving 1 cup for stirring in later) and stir to coat well with the melted butter. Continue stirring until all of the marshmallows are melted, then remove from heat.Microwave Method: In a large mixing bowl, heat the butter and mini marshmallows (reserving 1 cup for stirring in later) for 1 minute in the microwave. Stir and continue heating in 30-second intervals until the marshmallows are completely melted.½ cup butter, 15 oz mini marshmallows
- Add vanilla and orange gel food coloring, stir until you have reached your desired color.1 teaspoon vanilla extract, orange gel food coloring
- Stir in the rice krispies cereal until well coated with the marshmallow mixture. Add the reserved mini marshmallows and rough chopped candy corn and mix gently until evenly distributed throughout the mixture.9 cups Rice Krispies cereal, 1 ½ cups candy corn
- Spread the mixed rice krispies and marshmallow mixture in your prepared pan in an even layer. Use a buttered spatula, waxed paper, or wet fingers to gently press the coated cereal into place.
- Set the treats aside and allow them to cool and set up for about 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Equipment You May Need
- Use wet fingers to press down the krispies in the pan so they don't stick!
- Line your baking pan with parchment paper for super easy clean up and removal.
- Use a fresh bag of marshmallows, soft fresh marshmallows vs stale old ones.
- Use more marshmallows!
- Make multiple batches for parties.
Storing Your Rice Krispies TreatsStore the candy corn rice krispies treats at room temperature in an airtight container. I usually leave mine in the 9 x 13 baking pan, with the accompanying fitted lid which is not-quite-air-tight and my quality has never been noticeably different or inferior when talking about short-term storage only. Rice krispies treats will last for up to 3 days and do not need to be stored in the refrigerator. If stored in the refrigerator, your rice krispie treats can last for up to 6 weeks. *Be sure to use an airtight container for longer-term refrigerated storage.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!