Grab our You’ve Been Booed Free Printables to make Halloween even more fun this year! On top of costumes, trick or treating, and a great party at home, embrace this fun tradition to spread some love around the neighborhood. You might even get some of it back!
👻 How Do You “Boo” Someone?
Booing is a relatively new Halloween tradition that has families anonymously leave gifts for friends and neighbors. It’s usually done starting late September and ends on the night of Halloween.
It can occur in neighborhoods but also in offices, schools, and nursing homes.
The gift should have a note attached saying “You’ve Been Booed” and the receiving family should hang a sign at their window to let everyone else know they’ve already been booed.
Within the next few days, they should prepare two gift baskets or treat bags, make copies of the printables to add them to the gift, and boo two more people or families.
There are other names for this tradition such as ghosting, spooking, hobgobling, and “the phantom”.
You can try a similar tradition for Easter with our free “You’ve been egged” printables!
❤️ Why You’ll Love These Printables
Free To Print – Our You’ve Been Booed printables are a free download so you just need to print them at home or at a print shop. They’ll turn out great either way!
Celebrate The Halloween Spirit – The booing tradition is all about spreading kindness around you and if you have kids, they’ll be super excited to try it!
Not Age Specific – These Halloween printables are great for all ages. Whether you’ll use them yourself or print them for your children, they offer an easy and fun way to “boo” someone.
✔️ What’s Included
This You’ve Been Booed printable set has all you need to turn this fun Halloween tradition into a memorable experience!
“We’ve Been Booed” Printable Sign
This cute sign prints on a full U.S. Letter page (8.5″x11″) so no cutting is needed.
There are no special rules other than making sure it’s in a visible place so everyone passing by your house knows you’ve been already booed.
The set also includes two 4″x10″ printable door hangers, one saying “I’ve Been Booed”, and another saying “We’ve Been Booed”.
Any of these will look super cute on your door and complete your Halloween decor!
“You’ve Been Booed” Gift Tags
When you prep your “boo” Halloween gift basket or treat bag, add these gift tags to make them look more festive.
The gift tags are 2″x3″ and print 9/sheet. They’re perfect for enjoying the Halloween “boo” tradition and even to make cute gifts for coworkers.
If you have children, they can use them to give Halloween treats to their classmates. They might also enjoy our 31 Bucket List Ideas For Halloween Printable that will spread the Halloween spirit into your home!
The neighbors or friends you’re “booing” might not be aware of this fun custom, so your gift should also include these instructions. It will help to keep the “boos” going around the neighborhood.
The instructions sign is 5″x7″ so you will need to cut it to size using a pair of scissors or a paper cutter.
🎃 Halloween Boo Basket And Gift Bag Ideas
Other than printing these fun “You’ve Been Booed” printables, you’ll need to assemble a gift basket or treat bag.
Halloween candy is one obvious gift idea, but if you’re looking to add other items to your boo basket, here’s some inspiration for you:
- Halloween books
- Halloween socks and underwear
- Glow sticks
- Glow-in-the-dark Halloween balls
- Halloween sunglasses
- Mini flashlights
- Vampire fangs
- Glow-in-the-dark slime
- Slap bracelets
- Halloween coloring books
- Halloween toys
- Halloween-themed slinkies
- Temporary tattoos
- Mini yo-yos
✂️ Supplies Needed
Paper Cutter or Scissors | Except for the boo sign that prints on a full U.S. Letter sheet, you’ll need scissors and / or a paper cutter that can hold 8.5 inch paper and make straight cuts.
The scissors is needed to cut the door hangers and while you can also use it for the instructions and gift tags, a paper cutter will speed things up.
String or Ribbon | Any of these will come in handy if you want to tie the gift tags to your basket, bag, or box.
Hole Puncher | Use it to punch holes in your gift tags.
🖨️ How to Print
Our free printable boo kit for Halloween is extremely easy to print and use.
- Open the PDF file using a free PDF reader, like Adobe Reader.
- To make sure the signs, door hangers, and gift tags are sturdy, we recommend you use cardstock paper.
- Hit the Print button and let the pages dry off for a few minutes.
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Booing is a Halloween tradition of anonymously leaving a gift or treat on the doorstep of a neighbor, friend, or family member. If you see a sign saying “You’ve been booed” in the window of a house, it means that person or family has already been booed.
A cute boo basket for grownups can include a variety of items such as gift cards, key chains and other small trinkets, wine, seasonal beer, apple cider, baking mixes, homemade cookies, home decor items, fall scented candles, lip balm, face masks, and body scrubs.
Yes, booing is a Halloween tradition of doing an anonymous act of kindness. The receiving person or family should not know who gifted them the boo bag.
There’s no definitive proof, but it seems that booing friends and neighbors for Halloween may have started in the early 80’s.