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Boo Your Neighbors Halloween Activity

It’s almost time for Halloween and who doesn’t love an excuse to ding dong ditch?  If you live in the midwest, you might be familiar with May Day.   On May 1st, kids assemble little baskets full of popcorn and little treats.  Then they drop them on doorsteps, ring the doorbell and run! This activity is similar and a great way to create community in your neighborhood and spread a little joy this Halloween season!

To start this tradition, all you need to do is assemble some special treats in a bag, lunch sack or tote. Print off the downloadable copy below, print 2 copies and then choose 2 neighbors or friends to “boo”.
You will want to wear your running shoes because you will drop the treat bag on their door step, ring the bell and run.  You might want to check and make sure they are home first because it’s most fun if they find it while you are dashing away.
Once, you deliver the boo treats, the recipient should copy 2 additional sheets, hang the “we’ve been boo-ed” sign on their door and then boo 2 more people.  Hopefully, everyone will be boo-ed in time for Halloween!
 

 
 
Your boo treat might include:
The options are endless.  Make sure you include enough for each child in the family that you are gifting the bag to!  If you have extra supplies, you can put them in your trick or treat bucket for trick or treaters who might need a non-candy option.
It’s so fun to both boo and get boo-ed.  When you hear that doorbell, you better dash and see if you can find who “boo-ed” you.  Leave a comment and let me know if you do this tradition in your neighborhood.  I promise you it’s so fun, it’s frightening.
Happy Halloween!  Now go boo your neighbors!  Also, check out this cool activity to do with your kids while you are carving pumpkins this year.  Read more about the Pumpkin Parable here.

 

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko
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Carving Pumpkins 2012

Earlier this fall we picked out some pumpkins out at Center Grove Orchard.  We picked a white pumpkin for Vera (because I have always wanted to get one) and Solon insisted on a teeny weeny little pumpkin.  He is not into anything scary or remotely close to it (he has a Jack O’Lantern my mom had made for him with his name and he won’t light it – too scary!).  So we went with some polka dots with a drill (thanks to some blogs I follow for the inspiration) and a happy face on his.
Vera was very interested and not at all grossed out – Solon was not super into it again this year and like last year gagged a few times (Click here for last year).  Cy is on steroids and was trying to grab every last morsel of pumpkin to eat…the girl is hungry all.the.stinkin.time!

I have to admit I was PUMPED to try my hand at the drilled polka-dots it equaled LOTS of fun for Solon and I.

Our finished products – see nothing scary about it!

Posing…
 
and let me remind you of 2 years ago…
 
And last year…
 
They grow up TOO fast!
 

Happy Halloween 2012

Arr Matey!  I have me a pirate…

…and a cute and very wiggly little spider!
 
Their outfits are so perfect for them this year – my mom always picks them out – she loves to and I am not huge into Halloween (I know gasp!) but Solon’s favorite word is “booty” and anything corresponding with said word’s functions – I used to get all up in his grill about it but I have found all boys seem to have a fascination with bodily functions ;0) and so do pirates – Arrgh, a perfect match.  And Vera well she is just busy and wiggly and so the spider is So perfect for her as well but I had to put a pink bow on it because some old lady (what is it with old ladies and gender confusion???) called her a boy – gasp – mama bear came out when I said – I know, SHE IS a cute spider – ;)!
 
Happy Halloween…more pictures of Beggar’s night to come (we do it weird in Iowa, we celebrate on the 30th!)

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