Start or continue a fun Halloween neighborhood tradition! Grab these free printable You’ve Been Booed printables to put with your treats!
Hearing my kids squeal and laugh are the memories I cherish forever. A lot of the squeals centered around getting Booed during the month of October.
If you’ve never received a “You’ve Been Booed” paper and treats or looking to start a new tradition among your neighbors or friends, let me fill you in.
You’ve Been Booed Tradition Info
The basis of a neighborhood boo is to spread treats and cheer to others in secret. It is an easy and fun custom that the whole family can get involved with.
Usually, one neighbor starts the Booing at the beginning of October. If you don’t have this fun tradition in your neighborhood yet, you should start it!
It takes quite a few weeks for the boos to spread throughout the neighborhood and this is how it works. One person puts together two Boo baskets filled with treats, simple decor, favors, etc and puts a boo sheet into each of them.
The boo sheets are two free boo printables (download button below). The first sheet states “You’ve Been Booed” and outlines the directions of how to proceed.
The second boo sheet will say something like “We’ve Been Booed” and this is the sheet the recipient will hang where others can see. Like in a window, on a door, on an outside decoration, etc.
It just shows other neighbors that you’ve already been booed (AKA has gotten a secret treat), so they will know to skip your house and give it to someone who does not have a boo sign in the window.
Booing Your Neighbors
The really fun part of this tradition is the secrecy and trying to guess who booed you. My kids loved guessing who they thought it was and sometimes they did figure it out.
The other fun part is leaving it on a doorstep and not getting caught. The kids love coming up with a plan on whose house they are going to boo and waiting for it to get dark. Then they’ll sneak up and leave it on the doorstep and knock (or ring the doorbell) and run to take cover.
Yes, good old doorbell ditching with permission! I admit, the crazy presence of all the Ring Doorbells and security camera puts a damper on this fun but finding a place where it won’t be seen can be a fun challenge. Or parents can just not let their kids see who it was!
Once the recipients get their Boo bucket, they have two days to print out the You’ve Been Booed printables, put together new buckets, and deliver them. Then watch for all the boo sheets go up in windows all throughout the month!
If you love the idea of spreading joy, make sure to elf your neighbors and friends during the Christmas season. Grab free We’ve Been Elfed printables here!
You’ve Been Boo’d Bucket Ideas
The treats you give to your neighbors can be super simple items from the Dollar Store to homemade Fall or Halloween decor. The Dollar Store has great plastic Halloween buckets or I personally like giving the large Halloween candy bin.
Especially if you trick or treat with little ones and leave candy outside, the Dollar Tree bowls are great to use in case you have some rugrats in your neighborhood that steal the entire bowl.
We will go to Dollar Tree or Target and get some Halloween pencils, erasers, notebooks, candy, more candy, cheap decorations, candles, etc. I also like to make a few things to add that special touch!
Making a cute Halloween calories don’t count candy jar is quick and cheap! (container from Dollar Tree!)
DIY Fall Mugs Materials & Tutorial
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- Mugs- I found these plain mugs at the Dollar Tree.
- Cricut cutting machine – always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!) or another cutting machine
- Permanent Vinyl
- Transfer tape
- rubbing alcohol
How to Apply Vinyl to Mugs
Prep your ceramic mugs by cleaning them off with rubbing alcohol. This removes any grease and helps the adhesion.
Find a file that you’d like to put on a Fall mug. I found both of these in Cricut Access. Cut the vinyl out with permanent/outdoor vinyl and weed off the extra vinyl.
Place a piece of transfer tape over the vinyl and scrape it down well.
There are a few ways to apply the vinyl to the mug. If you have a hard time getting it straight and want to make sure it’s straight, check out my video tutorial on applying vinyl to tumblers with the hinge method.
The other way is to eyeball it which is what I did here. Peel the paper off the back of the vinyl (the vinyl should be sticking to the transfer tape).
Center it on the mug and press down the image in the center first. Then press it down towards the sides. Press it all down well with your fingers or a scraper.
Peel off the transfer tape.
If you have a second color, repeat the same steps. Add transfer tape to it. Scrape it down and then center it where it needs to go.
Make sure the vinyl cures for 72 hours before it gets wet.
There you have it! A cute custom Fall mug that you can save or put in your neighborhood Boo basket. I made two different ones.
Make sure the Vinyl can not be put in a dishwasher or it can come off. You can put my printable “handwash with care” in it if you’d like.
You’ve Been Booed FREE Printables!
You are all set to get Boo-ing!! Have fun!
Make sure to Pin for later! Hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!
- Buckets or Bags
- Halloween or Fall stickers, decor, pencils, candy
- Free You've Been Booed Printables
- Go to post and click the button to download the boo printables. Print two sets out.
- Make a trip to the Dollar Store or Target and grab some fun Halloween or Fall candy, decor, pencils, stickers, etc. Or make a couple of cute Fall mugs or candy jars (tutorial in the post!)
- Fill the bag or bucket with assorted goodies. Add one Boo directions sheet and one Youve Been Booed printable in each bucket/bag.
- Be stealthy!! This is what makes it fun. Place the Boo basket on someone's doorstep (who doesn't have a Boo sheet in their window yet!) when no one is looking! Doorbell ditching adds to the excitement.
- You can even hide in the bushes to watch the expressions of your recipients! Try to keep it a secret though.
- Have fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by and please comment below if you have any questions!
Have a creative day,