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Start a Neighborhood Halloween Tradition

Posted by Wendy Moyle on August 3, 2007

Just because the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, doesn’t mean you have to remain inside cooped up away from friends and neighbors.  Get outside and enjoy the moonlight with this fun and friendly Halloween activity that promotes neighborhood bonding and creates Halloween surprises without the nasty tricks.

As Halloween approaches, maybe the week or so before the 31st, make up 3 or 4 goodie bags with fun Halloween favors inside. Use a fun mix of candy, toys, and wearables so that the whole family will have something to enjoy.  Here are some ideas to help fill your bags full:

  • Multicolored Pumpkin Light
  • Alien Test Tube Slime
  • Boo Straws
  • Pumpkin Nail Polish
  • Spider Yo-Yo Ball
  • Glow Items
  • Halloween suckers
  • Flashing Halloween Rings

Phantom FlyerMake a small sign to put on your neighbor’s door that says, “We’ve Been Boo’d”.  Maybe have your kids draw a picture of a ghost on the sign for added fun and color.

Next, print off the following poem and stick a copy in each goodie bag to explain the surprise and to make sure the fun gets spreads to all!

Since this is the time for goblins and bats,
For Halloween spirits, for ghosts and cats,
For weird happenings and witches’ brew,
These are the things that I wish for you…

May the only spirit you chance to meet
Be the spirit of love and friends warm and sweet.
May the only goblin that comes your way
Be this Neighborhood Phantom you must give away.

“Tis much better to give than to receive” goes the old verse
And something this easy won’t empty your purse.
It’s your turn to pass along a treat and a BOO
Because now the Neighorhood Phantom is little old YOU!

So by this time tomorrow, pick three friends sweet,
And give to them each a Halloween treat.
You have only one day – so you’ll need to hurry –
Leave a treat on the doorstep, ring the bell and then scury!


The Phantom

So fill up your goodie bag, fill a few balloons with Helium, and tie them to the handles for a boo-rific surprise!  After dark, maybe right before bedtime, dress your kids in all black and sneak out for some crazy, quiet, sneaky fun!  Here’s how it works:  Creep up to your friend’s door and attach the ghost sign to the front door, leave the goodie bag with the poem at the step, ring the doorbell and RUN LIKE CRAZY!  Do this to 3 or 4 neighbors in one evening.  The idea is for everyone in the neighborhood to get “boo’d” and besides, it’s always a festive mystery to find out who did the “booing” and where it started.

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