Have you been ‘BOO-ed?’

Have you been "Boo-ed?" Are they doing this in your neighborhood? Pain in your bottom or just clean fun?

Have you been "Boo-ed?" Are they doing this in your neighborhood? Pain in your bottom or just clean fun?

Just the other day my girlfriend who lives in a different neighborhood asked me if our neighbors were getting “Boo-ed.” She explained it meant that a neighbor left a note and treats on your door step and then you were supposed to pass it on to two other neighbors. You leave a picture of a ghost in your window so neighbors know that you’ve already been visited. (You can find more info at www.beenbooed.com)

I replied no thank goodness. I do not have the time to mess with that. I haven’t even bought my candy yet.

But guess what happened late last night. Yes, we got Boo-ed. So now the dilemma.  Do you keep it going or just forget about it?

I will probably go and buy candy tomorrow so will probably keep it going but I am feeling like I don’t have time to be doing it. Hum-bug.

I have also heard it called “ghosting.”

Is this happening in your neighborhood? Are you into it or annoyed?

42 comments Add your comment

malleesmom

October 30th, 2012
12:29 pm

no thank heavens, i’ve not seen this.

Sharon C

October 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

Yes, our neighborhood is “into it.” We have lots of kids and I’ve felt left out the one year I didn’t get a boo left at my door! “Nobody likes me! sniff, sniff!” I prepare by KNOWING it’s going to happen, so I always snatch up a couple of trinkets at the dollar store as soon as fall/halloween gets put out so I’m ready. I’d rather pass along a candle with a fall scent, a pack of halloween napkins or a neat pumpkin candy dish and a bag of cheap candy. I also snatch up some stuff on clearance (drug stores have the best clearance deals!) after the holiday and keep in my “gift closet” ready to go. Being prepared makes it more fun than a hassle. :)

Kat

October 30th, 2012
12:33 pm

I wouldn’t do it. It’s like a chain letter – no one but you will know that you did not “continue” the chain.

I’ve been booed one time – last Halloween. It’s almost cute if the kids discover it. But since the kids aren’t supposed to open the door on their own, it’s just kind of lame.

Techmom

October 30th, 2012
12:35 pm

For the past three years it’s happened but thankfully, it didn’t get started in our neighborhood this year (at least I don’t think it did, haven’t seen anything posted in windows). I participated the first couple of years but last year by the time we got Boo’d, it was like the day before Halloween so I didn’t Boo anyone else.

Mayhem

October 30th, 2012
12:43 pm

WOW. We Boo every year, and I usually start it with my two next door neighbors. WE LOVE IT!! We Boo and leave a couple pieces of candy. No need to get expensive, and I usually take a few pieces from our candy stash.

No big deal, and it takes just a few minutes, and it’s fun. It’s fun to see the entire neighborhood with ghosts in their windows. But then again, my neighbors are fun.

DB

October 30th, 2012
12:53 pm

Oh, this was so much fun! We used to do it about 10 years ago, and it was hot and heavy for a few years, but it’s kinda gone by the wayside. After a while, it was hard to find a house to “Boo!” because everyone had ghosts on their door!

It shouldn’t be onerous — and you could send Rose out to do it to a neighbor just after dark :-). It’s supposed to be just something fun — don’t overthink it. Grab a treat bag, maybe get a few leftover goodies from the Halloween party at school or a few pieces out of your stash, and spread the fun.

“Back in the day”, we didn’t have a website to go to — this must be Booed 2.0. :-)

Techmom

October 30th, 2012
12:59 pm

I put Boo’ing in the same category as the Elf on the Shelf- cute if you have time, a pain in arse if you don’t!

Uh, how much time could it take...

October 30th, 2012
1:15 pm

…to leave “a note and treats on your [neighbors] door step”?

Katie

October 30th, 2012
1:19 pm

When we first moved into our new neighborhood we had not been into this “booing”. So when a bag of treats (nice ones) turned up one afternoon, my son found them after school and took them up to his room – hey, thanks Halloween Fairy. Needless to say, he did not post the “I’ve been boo’ed” sign in our front window – so he was able to collect about 4 bags of treats before I discovered all the evidence in his room – candy papers and a collection of I’ve Been Boo’d signs. He was BOO’OOOOD soon after I found out.

A

October 30th, 2012
1:25 pm

It’s annoying, but the kid enjoys it and that’s what Halloween is all about. We just take what was left on our doorstep, take out a few things, add in a few new things and pass it along. No harm, no stressing.

Logic please...

October 30th, 2012
1:34 pm

Chain letter…please.

jarvis

October 30th, 2012
1:35 pm

@Techmom, Elf on the Shelf is the bane of my existence.

jarvis

October 30th, 2012
1:37 pm

It’s a fake plastic elf with a felt hat glued to its head….I think you saw one in the store with me…..How f’ing gullible are you?

(Sorry….I’m off my meds, and Techmom got me rolling.)

kt

October 30th, 2012
1:39 pm

What is Elf on the Shelf, please explain! :)

A

October 30th, 2012
1:42 pm

Elf on the Shelf has got to be 100 times more annoying and pointless than being Booed. Thank goodness my kid is older elementary and could not care less about the silly elf.

Melissa

October 30th, 2012
1:44 pm

We’ve been in our neighborhood 8 years. For 5 years we were Boo’d and participated. However, for the last 3 years we have been overlooked….as have other child-free couples who live near and around us! Boo or don’t boo, but don’t selectively ostracize families without children.

Mayhem

October 30th, 2012
1:56 pm

Elf on a Shelf is dastardly….he goes around making messes and doesn’t get blamed for it.

I much prefer to get Boo’d….

I have halloween wine glasses that I painted ghosts on, and they say “I’m here for the Boos”…the neighbors love them.

non committal mind reader

October 30th, 2012
2:00 pm

After a while, it was hard to find a house to “Boo!” because everyone had ghosts on their door!

Bingo. Don’t participate, but put up the ghost like you have. No one will know the difference

homeschooler

October 30th, 2012
2:07 pm

I wish we lived in a neighborhood so we could get boo’d. I’ve always though it sounded like so much fun. Kind of like the secret Santa thing that no one at my office does anymore.

I am eternally thankful that I never started the Elf on the Shelf thing. Note to people with very young kids…realize you MUST be careful what traditions you start because those little creatures ALWAYS remember and you are stuck doing them LONG after the fun has worn off for you.

Techmom

October 30th, 2012
2:44 pm

@Jarvis – you have no idea how thankful I was when I found out about the Elf and quickly realized my son was too old for it. It would be cute if it were one day but aren’t you supposed to do something different every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas? At least Boo’ing is only one day.

@Melissa – I guess I never thought anyone would be disappointed they weren’t Boo’d as adults. It’s definitely a child-driven activity in our neighborhood as the treats are kid-oriented. Maybe you should start it next year and start by Boo’ing you other child-free friends and give adult-oriented treats (Halloween napkins, candle, etc)?

Techmom

October 30th, 2012
2:45 pm

I also just realized that if Boo’ing involved a bottle of wine or a craft brew, I might like it better. hmm….

redandblack

October 30th, 2012
2:55 pm

We have been Boo’d, but I had no idea I was supposed to pass it on. OOPS!!

motherjanegoose

October 30th, 2012
2:55 pm

DB…yes that was a fad here about 10 years ago too. Most of the kids in our neighborhood are grown and I have not seen anything about it this year. I thought it was kind of fun.

mystery poster

October 30th, 2012
3:21 pm

I’ve never heard of this tradition, it sounds kind of fun :-)

FCM

October 30th, 2012
3:51 pm

HEHHEHE

Apparently our Elf was on a shelf in my home office and the kids found him. Obviously early since he is not supposed to show up until Thanksgiving. I guessed Santa sent him early b/c he heard about some grade issues?

We have not been boo’ed so if they are doing it, not our house. It does sound like fun and I do not get why you see it as putting you out. If you truly feel that way, then don’t participate. And then next year put a ghost up early (even though it would be lie) to keep from being boo’ed.

FCM

October 30th, 2012
3:53 pm

Different subject we can discuss: Apparently a man in China sued his wife and won. He sued her b/c she had 100k of surgery done to make her look pretty, and he felt their baby was ugly. He felt she misrepresented herself before the marriage.

motherjanegoose

October 30th, 2012
4:21 pm

@ FCM…really? Here is one thing I have learned, along the way: attractive parents can have ugly babies and ugly parents can have attractive babies. The mix of of the genes is fascinating, to me. I see kids, once in a while, that are the spitting image of a child I taught years ago. Not possible for them to be related but jaw dropping for sure! People who meet my daughter, say she looks just like mty husband or just like me. Not possible, as we do not look a thing alike. WE get a kick out of it! Funny how this works!

Techmom

October 30th, 2012
4:34 pm

FCM – how bizarre; is China becoming just as litigious as the US?

MJG – my favorite is when people tell us that our son looks like my husband; my husband is not his biological father. We usually just say thanks and laugh about it later.

But does your husband know...

October 30th, 2012
4:53 pm

…that he is not the biological father?

Techmom

October 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

ha- of course!

FCM

October 30th, 2012
6:08 pm

So this really happened: Jian Feng, a man in northern China, successfully sued his wife for $120,000 for misrepresenting herself as attractive and tricking him into marriage.

Unbeknownst to her husband, the unnamed now ex-wife had undergone approximately $100,000 of plastic surgery before they met. When the two had a daughter who looked nothing like either of them—who Feng charmingly described as “incredibly ugly”—he accused his hot wife of cheating. She denied it and explained the child’s appearance by telling Feng about her surgeries. Feng divorced her and sued for damages, saying that they had married under false pretenses. Wow, right?

(the above is from Allure but if you google it you will find several sources).

Denise

October 30th, 2012
6:30 pm

That story in China had me LOL! I’m sorry but that is hilarious. Mad because he married a pretty-now-but-used-to-be-ugly-and-gave-me-an-ugly-kid woman! And then sued and won? That is amazing to me. But what do you tell the “incredibly ugly” kid? “Sorry Feng,Jr. Your daddy thought you were ugly as the Freddy Krueger so he bounced and I had to pay him $120K for false advertisement.”

who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men

October 30th, 2012
6:36 pm

“the above is from Allure but if you google it you will find several sources”

You’re right….there is NO way this is a hoax if it pops up on google.

But, all small Oriental children are cute as buttons...

October 30th, 2012
7:02 pm

…so how could he tell that the kid would grow up ugly?

Right as rein

October 30th, 2012
8:16 pm

I put a bag of boo on my neighbor’s doorstep once, and lit it on fire, and rang the doorbell…

Ginni

October 30th, 2012
9:28 pm

Sounds like the mindless conformity of suburbia; conform or be cast out – lets compare mini vans – do you live in phase one or phase two of our cookie cutter neighborhood – everyone looks the same – zero divesity – comparing chain restaurants – like minded WASPS – and swinger parties more than you think, all in suburbia in addition to if you have been Booed.

M.E.

October 30th, 2012
11:51 pm

We used to do it and the kids especially loved it. They would put it on the doorstep and hide. Since the neighborhood has changed to renters who come and go, no one does it anymore and we miss it.

DB

October 31st, 2012
12:59 am

@Ginni. What a Debbie Downer! Yes, you want to live in the city and be a nonconformist — just like everyone else in the city. I swear, I drive through the in-town neighborhoods and all those houses look just alike to me. Gee, I’ve never been invited to a swinger party — I must have misplaced my invitation.

I absolutely LOATHE “Elf On The Shelf”. Loathe it with a passion. I don’t have the whimsical turn of mind that enjoys that kind of silliness, and I simply refused to get sucked into it. I think our kids were the only ones in 2nd grade that didn’t have an Elf — they were desperately wanting one, because their friends’ elves brought small gifts (WTH!?). I told them that I thought it was very rude of people to expect elves to do all that work on top of getting ready for Christmas, too!

yuki

October 31st, 2012
9:11 am

We got boo’d this year. It’s supposed to be light and fun. Yes, it was a bit of a pain to have to go out at lunch and get some treats to leave at two other houses, but my son enjoyed it so we did it.

I don’t do chain letters, recipe sharing stuff, or any of that but if it’s for my kid, then yes I will make the effort.

and @Ginni, wow! Forget to take our pill today did we??

Becky

October 31st, 2012
10:22 am

I’ve never heard of this, but if it were to happen in my neighborhood, I would go along with it..

@Katie..That’s what my boy would do also..Find the candy, eat all of it, then try to “hide” the evidence…Haha..

We have an Elf, but mine does not make messes..He just moves from one place to another…Mine are 10, so they aren’t that excited by him..

@Ginni..Did you not have any friends when you were younger? Take a happy pill and come back to play another day…

FCM

October 31st, 2012
10:35 am

DB ever since our Elf caused the kids to knock over our tree on Christmas morning (he had set the Angel back and took her spot on the tree and the kids were not amused) he has been told if he is going to stay no mischief. He can change view points, he can move out of the dog’s reach, but he may not cause the silliness other elfs do. He can leave a present under the tree when Santa comes to get him. Otherwise not gifts either.

My kids seem ok with this and the elf behaves. I know how he got in my office (and why), but I did not realize he was going to be spotted.

Stacey

October 31st, 2012
4:09 pm

I’m late to the party on this one. We don’t do this in my neighborhood and since I don’t celebrate Halloween, I probably wouldn’t participate. It seems like fun though for those who are interested.

Last year around Christmas my office played a similar game called “Elfing”. It was the same concept with the small gift and a note that you would post to your desk so that others will know you have been “Elfed” I received a cute little mug and hot chocolate set that I gave to my son. I gave a scented candle and a small bag of candy to my person. Most of the gifts were $5 to $10 and it really was fun. Even the Scrooges in the office seemed to get a kick out of it. By the time I was “Elfed”, there weren’t a lot of people left so I went to someone in another department who I overheard comment that no one in her department had gotten anything and it sounded like fun.