9 Spooktacular Ways To Surprise Your Neighbors This Halloween

I’ll admit it. I am that mother. Shortly after delivering my daughter, I exclaimed to my husband, “Halloween just got even better!” I’m really enthusiastic about the holiday, and I like to include our neighbors and friends in on the fun! Come November, we’ll all be holed up from the cold, so Halloween is one of the last chances we get to organically socialize with the neighbors.

The “you’ve been boo’d” Halloween tradition is one that’s been around for a while, but is picking up steam (especially due to everyone’s obsession with Pinterest). In its simplest form, you anonymously give someone a card with the note “you’ve been boo’d!” or “you’ve been ghosted!” and, of course, include a delicious treat. Within the card, encourage your friend or neighbor to keep the tradition going, anonymously leaving a “you’ve been boo’d!” treat on a neighbor’s doorstep. It’s kind of like chain mail, but more delicious than annoying.


Whether you’ve just moved to the neighborhood or you’re looking for new ways to surprise and delight your neighbors, these are my favorite simple and fun ideas for “boo”ing your neighbors. After all, surprising people with treats is never a bad idea. Soon, your whole neighborhood will be wondering who boo’d whom!

Check out the ideas in the slideshow.

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