Most likely there is a ton of research on how traditions bring families closer, with the sameness of rituals comforting to children. No surprise that I did zero research and the following will not contain any factual evidence, charts or expert advice. But our hearts as parents, grandparents, relatives, teachers; actually anyone involved in bringing joy to kids knows it to be true. Holidays are HUGE in our house and most of the excitement begins with anticipation. Some of them came as a surprise to me, like the box which holds our artificial Christmas tree(allergies foil any real tree dreams). It has so many magic marker drawings and graffiti covering every square inch of cardboard, that we may have to start decorating the inside this year when we haul it out of the attic . That is after the hours of the endless possibilities playing with a HUGE empty, cardboard box bring. Although I think they have thought of everything, something new will surely be added this year. My daughter is now 13 and it was around this age that my oldest broke my heart by not caring anymore about gushing over our ornaments as we decorated the tree or where the ceramic Halloween house should go and I am SO OVERJOYED she brought up the subject of "Booing," or "Ghosting" and which families we were going to do this year.
I hope your families and neighborhoods are already having so much fun with this Halloween tradition and if you are, stop reading because this will be so boring. If you are wondering what the heck I am writing about, keep reading because it has everything. Stealth of sneaking through the night, excitement of the seasons first sugar highs, competition of which family member can run the fastest back to the getaway vehicle,surveillance skills tracking families dog barking , bedtimes and getting creative with adorable bags(ok maybe just I like that part) and the artistic ghostly drawings to be taped on the targeted families door.
I'll start with this super cute poem that is included with the treats for the kids and explains it all.
The air is cool, the season fall, Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins,spooks galore...Tricky witches at your door!
The spooks are after things to do, In fact, a spook brought this "Boo" to you!
The excitement comes when friends like you, Copy this note and make it two!
We'll all have smiles upon our faces....No one will know who "Booed" whose places!
Just two short days to work your spell, Keep it secret--hide it well!
Please join the fun, the season's here. Just spread these "Boo's" and Halloween cheer!
You Have Been "Booed!"
1)enjoy our treats! 2. Place the "Boo" sign on your front door. 3) Within 2 days, make 2 copies of this note, treats and "boo"signs. 4)Secretly deliver to 2 neighbors/friends without a "boo" sign o the door. 5) Happy Halloween!
Ok, this is one is waaaay more elaborate and scripted since Target and stores have hijacked this grassroots fun that those of us with older kids have been doing for over 10 years. Of course I can't find that original little paper that some really creative person first came up with , but basically it was--you've been Ghosted, pass it on and Hang a picture of a ghost on your door so we make sure all neighborhood kids have been ghosted. The fun, mystery and excitement the first white ghosts appearance on someones door(or luckily yours) was always just priceless.
Have fun. You and your kids, or just you and friends or spouse starting to spread good family fun or make a kid smile. It is actually harder than you think---leaving the treat bags on the porch and taping the Ghost sign on the door, ringing the bell then running away undetected is the goal.