In our neighborhood, Halloween isn’t just about trick-or-treating…
We also participate in a fun Halloween tradition of spooking the neighbors!
Each year, during the month or so preceding Halloween, a mystery ghost starts the yearly spooking by leaving a goodie bag (or basket) on two neighbors’ doorsteps. The “ghost” rings the doorbell, drops the bag and runs! Then it’s up to those two neighbors to each put together two more goodie bags and continue with the spooking a day or two later. Just so everyone knows those neighbors have already been spooked, they each hang a ghost on their front door. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
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Here is a goodie basket we received a couple years ago.
As you can see, sometimes a neighbor will get very generous!
That year, our mystery ghost included goodies for the adults as well as the children. What a surprise to find a bottle of wine sitting on the doorstep! How often does something that fortunate happen? Although, it’s not necessary to be this elaborate with the treats. Obviously, it can get costly putting one of these baskets together! A fun Halloween tradition isn’t fun anymore if it causes you to go broke!
The main goal is to have fun and to make Halloween a little extra festive around the neighborhood.
If you are interested in starting your own neighborhood spooking tradition, I listed some ideas from what we have used in the past.
For your convenience, I tried to find similar products. For example, I have seen pumpkin baskets like the one above at Michael’s Craft store. But if you want to go a different route, you could try this – pumpkin candy bag.
Obviously, you could just fill the basket with wine and candy and be done.
Or you could get creative and add some of these…
I mean, who doesn’t need carving tools for Halloween?
Inexpensive note pads, pencils and coloring books are a cute idea…
One year, we received these funny, little notepads but I also found similar Halloween notepads along with these really cute coloring books. Halloween pencils are easy to add to the goodie bags and are great to pass out at school Halloween parties. Halloween stickers are also a fun and inexpensive way to go!
Everyone needs glow bracelets at Halloween.
Just in case you decide to throw an impromptu Halloween party, it’s convenient to have extra paper plates and napkins!
Adding cookie cutters to the goodie bag is another creative and inexpensive idea.
Finally, you might want to complete your bag with scary spider!
Whatever you choose to put in your bag, I hope you enjoy starting a fun Halloween tradition in your neighborhood!
Oh, I almost forgot, this is a website with similar spooking instructions! www.beenbooed.com They have a few versions along with some helpful tips!
While we are discussing Halloween, here are some more creative Halloween ideas:
- How to Decorate a Bar Cart for Halloween
- Halloween Costumes for Dogs
- Henry Danger Inspired Halloween Costume
- Halloween Table Setting
Do you have a fun Halloween tradition in your neighborhood?
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