The Mother of Adventure

I’ve been BOOed!

on October 29, 2014

This little sign came with my treat bag – I now have to hang it in a visible place in my window. The idea is to see how far it gets around the neighbourhood before Halloween.

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!

8 responses to “I’ve been BOOed!

  1. Geoff says:

    One of my neighbours is an avid hunter, and it is hunting season, so I’m a little concerned that lurking around his house in my werewolf mask might have unfortunate consequences…other than that it sounds like a fine tradition.

  2. Erin says:

    We were “boo-ed” yesterday as well! I, too, had never heard about this ‘ghostly’ phenomenon. Apparently Barrhaven is kicking it up a notch this year! This is a great idea to get kids excited about sharing some treats. I think we’ve started a new Halloween tradition!

    • I know, it’s pretty cute, eh?? It’s a bit of effort but creates a some hype and excitement around the day! Any idea who your “mystery giver” was??!?

      • Erin says:

        My first thought was that it could be you after I read your post!! Then I saw the text from the parent of one of Ryan’s friends, owning up to the bucket of treats. I have now “paid it forward” to two more houses around Hippo park. 😀

      • Ha ha…as soon as I replied to your earlier comment I thought, “She’s going to think it was ME!” Seems like there are multiple “spooks” at work in our ‘hood!!

  3. Louise says:

    What a fun idea! This is a “chain letter” I could support too 🙂

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