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In The Mood For Getting Booed? Follow This Step-By-Step Guide

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This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s senior fall editorial intern Maggie Lardie. Find her on Instagram at @maggielardie. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at

The season of autumn is known for its blend of all things sweet and scary. Seeing as it’s peak harvesting season and Halloween is just around the corner, there’s no better time of year to find your perfect fall combo – whether it’s baking cookies and watching a horror flick or going to a haunted house after apple picking. No matter the scale, nothing tops the ultimate union of tricks and treats! One of my favorite ways to celebrate that incorporates both of these elements is the boo basket. This idea has been around for a while now, but it comes in all shapes and sizes. In fact, we wrote an article on spooky baskets not too long ago! When it comes to getting booed however, there can often be a lot of confusion, but don’t let that scare you! This guide will have you boo’d up and ready to go in no time.

What Is Getting Booed?

Booing someone else means leaving a basket of Halloween goodies on their doorstep. Typically, one person boos at least two other people to increase the chance of the cycle continuing on. Seems easy enough, right? There’s a catch. In order to consider your boo “successful,” you have to remain anonymous. Of course, nothing will happen if you do get caught, but incorporating an element of mystery can make the Halloween factor much more fun. Think you’re up for the challenge? Keep scrolling for the step-by-step plan.

Gather Supplies

Although this trend can make its way to you through someone else, that won’t do you much good if the chain hasn’t been set up yet. As the first person in your neighborhood/apartment complex to “boo” someone else, you’ll have to make the initial monetary sacrifice. (It will come back around!) Head to the store and buy everything you need to fill your basket(s). You don’t have to go crazy in terms of expenses, just fill them with whatever candy/toys/stickers you feel like buying. Our spooky basket article might come in handy if you’re running low on ideas.

Organize Your Baskets

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Congrats! You have all your supplies. Now that you’ve sorted which goodies go where, there’s another thing you have to do. The people you’re booing will have no idea what’s going on if you don’t leave an explanation of some kind, so you’ll have to type/write out a note for each basket. Here’s a template you can base your note off of.

 You’ve been booed!

Make baskets of your own and boo two other people to keep the cycle going!

Place this ghost in the window to let the neighborhood know you’ve already been booed.

Happy Halloween!

What Ghost?

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The ghost that was referred to above should accompany the note you put in each basket. All it is is a paper drawing or printed image that your neighbors can use to signal they’ve already been taken care of. After all, we want to make sure everyone gets a basket and no one gets booed twice. It’s also so much fun to notice a new ghost appear in someone’s window. Trying to guess who the booer was and where the cycle might lead to can often be more entertaining than receiving the treats!

We hope this article was helpful in familiarizing you with the concept of getting booed. We obviously can’t guarantee that the trend will come back around to you, but getting others a little gift is rewarding in itself. We also wanted to emphasize that anonymity isn’t the most important thing! Don’t stress yourself out trying to make the perfect getaway or put yourself in danger by booing in an area you’re not familiar with. Safety is the most important thing here, even on the scariest of holidays. Happy Halloween and happy booing!

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Have you’ve been booed? What would you want to see in your spooky basket? Let us know in the comments!

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