Saturday, 29 October 2011

Halloween Horror and Safety

I don't know about you but I get very stressed by children (especially ones I don't know) coming to my door demanding treats and I absolutely don't let my children inflict that same horror on others.  However Halloween is still a fun time in our household and here's how we do it.

1. No Trick or Treat Posters. 
 I just googled no trick or treat posters and a whole load come up Just choose one and print.  I laminate because of the bad weather we have here in October.  Place it in a prominent Light place either your front door, gate or garage.

this is the one I'm using this year

2. BOO your family and friends.

 Welcome to the wonderful world of Halloween BOO-ing!
Sometimes called "Ghosting" or "the Phantom", the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on "Secret Santa" or May baskets.
Usually seen in neighborhoods--but sometimes in the workplace--BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.

To start a Halloween BOO, we secretly leave a small gift- this year a Bat mars bar/ Ghost lollipop, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbour's doorstep.
The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that "We've Been BOO-ed!" That way, new BOO recruits won't leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.
In turn, the neighbour is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction--and Halloween fun.

I love doing the booing as it teaches the children to give not Take.  we use different posters and gifts every year and give to different people and even a few unsuspecting people who serve in the community.

This year the girl who served us in tesco, the security guard in Tesco, The community Wardens all got booed as well as family, friends and neighbours.  Brilliant fun.

Boo Poems

I found these poems around the web. None were credited with authors. Of course you can be creative and make up your own!

Poem #1
The air is cool, the season fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore...
Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do,
In fact a spook brought this "Boo" to you!
The excitement comes when friends like you,
Copy this note and make it two.
We'll all have smiles upon our faces,
No one will know who "BOO"ed who's places!
Just two short days to work your spell,
Keep it secret, hide it well.
Please join the fun, the seasons here .
Just spread these "BOO's" and Halloween cheer.

Poem #2

The air is cool the season fall
Soon Halloween will come to all
The spooks are after things to do
In fact, a spook brought this to you
"BOO" is a shield from witching hour
Just hang it up and watch its power
On your front door is where it works
It wards off spooks and scary jerks
The treats that came with crypted note
Are yours to keep, enjoy them both
The power comes when friends like you
Will copy this and make it TWO
Then others here among our friends
Will give warm fuzzies that do not end
We'll all have smiles upon our faces
No one will know who "BOO"ed whose places
Just one short day to work your spell
Or a big ZAP will strike your tail
And don't forget a nifty treat,
Like something cute or something sweet
Please join fun, let's really hear it
And spread some "BOO"s and Halloween spirit

Poem #3
This treat is for you, we hope you enjoy.
The idea is simple, one we hope you employ.
You pass "BOO" along to two other neighbors.
Along with any kind of Halloween favors.
If we all do our part, and spread the good cheer,
By Halloween night it will be very clear,
We're a friendly bunch, we like to share fun
So please do your part to keep "BOO" on the run!

Poem #4
Since this is the time for goblins and bats
Halloween spirits and ghosts and cats
Happenings are weird and witches make brew
The following are the things I wish for you.
May the only spirit you chance to meet
Be thee spirit of love and friends that are sweet.
May the only goblin that comes your way
Be the neighborhood phantom, the breeze takes away.
So by tomorrow, pick a friend down the street
And give to them a Halloween treat.
Fill this cone with goodies galore,
Then hang it on their front door.
You only have one day to do this, so hurry
Leave treats on their door and run in a flurry
As this cone moves along from friend to friend,
All good wishes go on and never end

Halloween Safety Advice

Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and young people, but it can also be distressing and intimidating for some residents. If you are going 'trick or treating' please respect and consider others and follow these top tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time:


  • Go alone - 'trick or treating' is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family.
  • Go into houses - stay on the doorstep where the responsible adult can see you.
  • Play pranks that may damage property - this could result in arrest and a criminal record.
  • Demand money or intimidate people - Halloween can be a night that some residents dread, so be respectful and polite.
  • Don't throw eggs or flour - it's classed as a criminal offence and you will be arrested!


  • Look out for  posters - These will let you know whether 'trick or treaters' are welcome at a house or aren't.
  • Take extra care crossing roads
  • Go with an adult - get a responsible adult to go with your group to help in case you have any problems.
  • Dress to be seen - wear light, reflective clothes or carry a lamp or torch so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you.
  • Respect people's rights - be polite, don't go out too late, ring or knock only once, and be prepared to take 'no' for an answer.

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