I was working away on my laptop this afternoon when my cat’s ears perked up. Turning my head, I saw the distinctive silhouette of my friend and neighbour, hurrying away across my front lawn and disappearing into her waiting car. My first thought was, “What the heck??!?”
I opened my front door and smiled to find a little gift bag sitting there – with two Halloween treat bags inside, along with the following poem:
The air is cool, the season fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts, goblins and spooks galore,
Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do,
In fact, a spook brought this to you!
The treats that came with this note,
Are yours to keep, enjoy them both.
The excitement comes when friends like you,
Will copy it and make two.
We’ll all have smiles upon our faces,
No one will know who “BOO” ed 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!
At the end of the poem, I read these words:
You have been BOOed! Please keep it going by following these directions:
1) Enjoy your treats.
2) Place the BOO sign on your front door or visible in a window.
3) Within 2 days, make 2 copies of this note, make 2 treats and 2 BOO signs.
4) Secretly deliver to 2 neighbours/friends that don’t have a BOO sign.
5) Keep an eye on nearby front doors to see how far and fast it spreads by Halloween!
Apparently, this is a little trend that has been growing in suburban Ottawa over the past couple of years – but this is the first I’d heard of it! Thought I’d share as I thought it was a cute, little tradition. Typically, I’m not a fan of “chain letters” or those types of things, but in the spirit of Halloween I thought it might be fun to participate.
I texted my “mysterious friend” to tease her that a career in espionage was probably not in her future, and promised I’d keep her identity a secret from my girls. On the way home from school, I told the kids about it – and allowed them each to choose one friend that we will “BOO” in return.
So look out…you just might get “BOOed” next! Happy Halloween!