This time of year is awesome for so many reasons. One of my absolute favorites is the Halloween tradition of getting Boo-ed!
This is where someone puts together a bunch of Halloween themed goodies and leaves it all at your doorstep after ringing the bell and getting out of sight. It’s a mystery of who did it. Your job is to enjoy and do it again at another neighbor’s house. You will know who has already been boo-ed by a sign that looks similar to this:
Hello happy Boo-z time! This is more my style. Is it yours?
Here are life lessons for those of you out there ready to take on any type of Boo activity on your neighbors.
- Boo-zing requires strategy. You need to actively think how fast you are going to jump off the steps of the porch and make a run for it in such a way that no one will see you. Fast is the key word. Also on advice from ummm lets say a friend, flip flops are not the way to go.
- Dress for the part. Wear dark clothes. You have to blend with the night so no one sees you.
- Get in shape for this. Running takes skills. If you don’t have them, the neighbors will laugh at you as they take their treats inside and slam the door while you are sprawled out…steps from their porch. Note to self: start work out routine in September.
- Apologies to the person who gets the plastic pumpkin filled with some empty wrappers. Some people just get carried away on the way over. You can’t blame anyone for not resisting the Snickers. Handy tip: Take extra for yourself on your walk over.
- Next year, disguise yourself as the Grim Reaper. This way if anyone sees you, it will make for a really good story on their end. Haha, make sure they see you!
- There might be times you will have to explain to a neighbor that you are not a peeping Tom just because of having to hide crouched outside their bathroom window while waiting for someone to answer the door to receive their treats before you can take off again. Trust me when I say it can get a bit awkward.
- Trees are your friends. So are bushes, sides of houses, and other unique places to hide. Thank you childhood hide and seek for making us experts on at least this.
- You never know what you will discover. Turns out neighbors have talent and can really play the piano. This is according to my ummm you know, friend. She just sat there on their porch, ate chocolate and listened. On that note (haha, see what I did there?) she was sad she didn’t bring her bottle opener to enjoy the wine as well. Advice to you: be a good listener before ringing that bell.
- Practice keeping a straight face in the mirror. This way, when people ask if you did it, you have a higher chance of not bursting out in a nervous laugh before admitting everything you ever did in your life. Remember, your neighbors are not the CIA. Except maybe that one…you know who.
- Make sure in your attempts to be the ninja you need to be in this, that there are no dog walkers watching in the shadows. They will rat you out especially if you yell hello to them as you are running. * They may also report you to authorities. It’s best to change out of your ninja clothes before the police arrive. Hide the evidence!
- Next year’s advice: don’t drink before running. You leave yourself vulnerable to forgetting to leave the goodies after ringing the bell. It’s a win for you but then rumors start about neighborhood kids ringing doorbells and running.
- The absolute best thing to do after you accomplish your “BOO”, is to call up the person and invite them over for wine. They will happily offer to bring the bottle and chocolate they just received. Of course, remember to change your ninja clothes before your friend arrives.
- You always want to keep your identity secret. One must guard the secret powers of BOO-zing!
Happy Haunting from 40 Wishes and Counting!