15 Spooktacular Ways to Boo + Boo-ze Your Favorite Fiends This Halloween

Part trick and all treat, surprise your friends and neighbors with one of our ideas for personalized Halloween gift baskets. Add one of our free (and fa-boo-lous!) printable tags, then drop off anonymously to raise the spirits of your best ghoul friends.

September 12, 2020

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

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Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Time to Get Your 'Boo' On

Boo-ing your friends and neighbors is a fun Halloween tradition that makes it easy to let someone know you're thinking about them with an anonymously delivered gift basket, bag or bin filled with useful goodies and tasty treats. To create a personalized gift, fill your chosen container with everything they need for a fun family night at home, a boozy beverage to get them in the Halloween spirit, gardening tools or a few surprises for the furriest family member. Bonus: Our free printable tags and 'We've Been Boo-ed' sign will encourage them to keep the boo-ing fun going.

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Spread the Halloween Fun

Along with your gift, leave one of our free printable 'We've Been Boo-ed' signs for them to display to let other neighbors know the game is afoot.

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Boo #1: Family Game Night

Fill a plastic tub with a classic board game and an assortment of sweet and salty treats. Your local dollar store is a great place to find reusable containers as a handy stand-in for a standard basket and you can also pick up theater-size candies while you're there.

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Bubble Wrap, FTW

So, what's the trick to creating a full gift basket without spending a fortune in colorful crinkle paper or excelsior? Just fill the bottom of your container with leftover bubble wrap or clean, used grocery bags to take up space, then arrange colorful shredded paper and the gift items on top.

Game On

Family-friendly boo buckets are a great way to treat them to a night of fun; after all, who doesn't have fond memories of time spent playing a classic board game? A mix of sweet and salty snacks will keep 'em happily munching.

Boo #2: Put a Little Hocus in Their Pocus

Our free printable hang tag, below, plus a bottle of their favorite vintage is a fail-proof combo.

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Help 'Em Wine a Little

Fold, then cut out the free printable tag, create a hole in the top using a hole punch, nail or awl, and slide through some colorful baker's twine or ribbon. Voila — gifting simplified — no spell-casting required.

Boo #3: Caramel Apple Kit

Any kid and many adults will agree: rich, gooey caramel + crisp apples = a fall treat that's not to be missed. And, best of all, they're fun and easy to make at home. Fill a basket with everything they need to stir up some kitchen magic and make a caramel apple for each family member.

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Fall Flavors on Their Doorstep

This boo basket = T-minus 30 minutes to homemade caramel apples. This is one kitchen craft that even the littlest kids can help with and everyone in the family will enjoy biting into the finished results. Who knows? Gifting them with all the fixins' for this iconic seasonal snack may even kick off their new favorite fall family tradition. Don't forget to include our free 'Stir Up Some Kitchen Magic' tag.

Boo #4: Halloween Up Their Pup

For the pet parents in your social circle, fill a reusable plastic tub with an assortment of treats (first, make sure their pup doesn't have food sensitivities) and size-appropriate toys. A cotton bandana is a colorful and budget-friendly addition (check your local dollar store) for those days when they want to dress up their pup.

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Don't Forget About Furkids

After all, furry family members love celebrating holidays, too — especially when those holidays are all about treats and festivities. Don't forget to include our free 'Halloween Up Your Pup' tag that includes instructions to help the boo basket's recipient keep the boo-ing fun going.

Boo #5: S'mores Kit

If your friends or neighbors love to gather 'round the fire pit, gift them with everything they need — chocolate bars, marshmallows, graham crackers and roasting sticks — to make ooey-gooey s'mores.

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Upcycle an Old Basket

You probably have several old Easter baskets taking up space in your garage, basement or attic, right? Well, a can of black spray paint and a dropcloth are all you need to give that old Easter basket an afterlife as a Halloween boo basket.

Fire Not Included

Containing everything your friends or neighbors need to whip up s'mores, the upcycled basket makes a handy way to carry the goodies out to the fire pit. Bonus: the former Easter basket's tall handle makes it easy to securely attach the roasting sticks with a bit of plaid fall ribbon and our free printable tag.

Boo #6: Help 'Em Raise Some Spirits

A black bucket, ghostie scrapbook stickers and an assortment of mini bottles will help them stock their fall bar or just mix up a little pick-me-up.

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Boos + Booze

Mini bottles are not only a great gift for indecisive mixologists, they're also a fun way to try out something new. For this boo bucket, we chose mini bottles with slightly sinister-sounding names, like 'Devil's Cut' and 'the Kraken'! Have fun when selecting minis and pick potent potables they may not have tried before, then complete the gift with our free 'Raise Some Spirits' tag.

Boo #7: Candy-Free Creativity Kit

Treat their little artist to a sand bucket filled with an assortment of age-appropriate craft supplies, like a sketch pad, colored pencils, kid-safe scissors and even Halloween face paints.

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Inspire Their Inner Artist

This boo bucket proves that snacks aren't necessary. Filled with art and craft supplies, it instead puts the focus on creative fun and is a thoughtful surprise for a family with food sensitivities or who are trying to limit sweets. Savvy Shopper Tip: Many craft and big box stores have great end-of-summer and back-to-school clearance sales in early fall; I was able to find many of these items marked down so I could include more items for less $$.

Boo #8: Boo on a Budget

For a budget-friendly gift that looks like you spent more than you did, hit your local dollar store for a colorful party hat, then fill it with an assortment of kid-friendly finds.

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Magic a Hat Into a Boo Basket

To add a handle so the hat can double as a basket, just attach wide Halloweeny ribbon with a stapler to each side. Dress up the ribbon's ends, and prevent fraying, by cutting up toward the center on each side to create a 'swallowtail' end.

Halloween on Their Door Handle

Fill the party hat's tip with bubble wrap or clean grocery bags to help it keep its shape, add a little colorful crinkle paper or excelsior, then pile in your dollar store finds. And, don't forget to add our free printable card so they know they've been boo-ed and that they need to keep the fun going.

Boo #9: Pretty Witchy Self-Care Kit

Because adults appreciate a Halloween treat too, fill a reusable plastic tub with moisturizing face masks and spa-day necessities, like bath bombs, sugar scrub and an exfoliating brush to help them sparkle from head to toe.

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Spa Day, Anyday

Containing everything they need to turn their bathroom into a spa-ahhh, including an organic dark chocolate bar (yum!), this is one Halloween treat they won't soon forget. Don't forget to include our free printable 'You've Been Boo-ed' card so they know to keep the Halloween fun going.

Boo #10: A Night at the Movies

After all, movie nights are always more relaxing at home so surprise them by filling a reusable plastic tub with the concession stand's greatest hits.

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Pass the Popcorn

... And the Junior Mints. They'll love cueing up their favorite Halloween flick, popping some corn on the stove and settling in for a relaxing night at the coziest cinema in town — where PJs are the dress code and furry friends are always welcome.

Boo #11: What's Their Poison?

When you need Halloween in a hurry, this is one of the easiest boo baskets to assemble — just hit the beer aisle in your favorite market to select six tasty brews for them to sample. The 6-pack carrier is even part of your purchase so no need for a basket, bucket or bin.

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A Seasonal Sampler

Beer lovers are always keen to try something new and a 6-pack of assorted brews will help them tastefully toast the fall season. Don't forget to add our free 'Pick Your Poison' printable tag.

Boo #12: An Ode to Pumpkin Spice Latte

Got a latte-lover in your life? Chances are they're also big fans of the seasonal flavor that takes coffee shops by storm each fall.

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The Coffee Shop on Their Front Porch

An oversized coffee mug (it's actually a whimsical planter), a pair of pumpkin-hued tea towels, a pumpkin-spice candle and PSL K-cups will be a welcome surprise for any coffee lover. Add in some organic cinnamon sticks so they can stir their favorite fall flavor in style.

Boo #13: Help Them Make Garden Magic

Your favorite green witch will love the gift of a custom-painted terracotta pot filled with a journal for jotting down gardening wins, seeds, a trowel, hand cream and gloves.

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Paint a Terracotta Pot

Inexpensive and readily available, terracotta pots are a favorite of gardeners because their porous nature allows for easy evaporation which helps to prevent root rot and soil disease. They're also perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. To give a plain pot a witchy makeover, first paint the pot blue with outdoor-rated acrylic paint.

Give Them the Stars

A chopstick (or wood dowel) and an old toothbrush are all the magic you need to create a starry night effect. Just hold the chopstick a few inches above the painted pot, load up the toothbrush's bristles with white acrylic paint, then slowly slide the toothbrush across the chopstick to create the paint spatter. Tip: Test out the spattering trick first on a bit of dropcloth or newspaper to figure out how much (or how little) paint you need.

Green(Witch) Up Their Thumb

A very happy surprise for any avid gardener, they'll quickly put this gift to use to pretty up the neighborhood. Don't forget to include our free printable 'You've Been Boo-ed' card so they know to keep the Halloween fun going.

Boo #14: Fall Cookie Kit

Using items you can grab at your local grocery or big box store, this DIY cookie kit contains everything they need to bake up a batch of fresh-from-the-oven treats.

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Help 'Em Stir Up Kitchen Magic

A nonstick cookie sheet makes a handy stand-in for a basket, bucket or tub. Just place the cookie mix, sprinkles, cookie cutters, oven mitts and frosting on top, then wrap with clear cellophane wrap. Topped with our free printable 'Stir Up Some Kitchen Magic' tag and colorful ribbon, this is one front porch drop-off any baker would love coming home to.

Boo #15: Drink Up, Witches!

Another easy boo to assemble, a tasty vintage, rick-rack or twine and our free printable tag, below, are all you need.

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Boo + Run

Part of the fun of boo-ing your friends and neighbors is leaving them guessing who dropped off such a thoughtful and personalized gift, so try to pick a time they won't be home to make your delivery then wait for the inevitable 'did you leave a gift for me?' text or phone call.

Boo to You!

Have you been boo-ed before? And, did you boo it forward? If not, this is your year! Be inspired by one of our boos or magic up your own way to share some of your Halloween spirit with friends and neighbors this year.

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