Have you been “Booed” on Halloween? Many of my friends around the country haven’t been blessed (or cursed?) with this tradition, but having been booed a few years ago, it’s become part of our Halloween tradition. Booing generally starts October 1 and ends October 31.
With so many communities closing up for trick or treating because of COVID, BOOING is a perfect alternative.
Remember being little and loving to ring your neighbor’s doorbell and run away? (What? You never did that? Well, as Tom Robbins says, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”)
Surprise your neighbor’s child by sneaking special treats on their porch after dark and run away! That’s what Booing is all about. A note is attached that says, “You’ve been booed”. The family then hangs a sign in their window to signify that they have been “booed.” When a family gets “booed” they get to “boo” another family.
So what does this have to do with literacy? In our house we like to make a “Boo” container that has some orange and black pipe cleaners, play dough, Halloween stickers, and some sweet treats and a Halloween Book.
There are some relatively inexpensive Halloween books out there, and I’m going to share just a couple of my favorites.
Who doesn’t love a Dave Pilkey book any time of year? But The Hallo-wiener is one of my all time favorites! It’s for kids and grownups! Just makes me laugh!
For pre-K and Kinders:
The classic Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler,
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell
and Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman.
And one more thing…..since it is the age of “ring” cameras, you might have to work a little more on your “stealth” to avoid being recognized.