We’ve lived here a year and a half now, so long enough to know our neighbors. Unfortunately, it’s still a military community, so neighbors come and go. The kids constantly have a new rotation of friends to play with, which means new parents for us to meet. One of my son’s best friends lives up the street. His mom and I have met on a number of occasions and have gotten friendly. His dad is currently deployed. I’ve told her time and again that if she needs anything, even just to vent, I’m available. She’s never taken me up on it though. With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to BOO them. It something for her (chocolate, lots of chocolate) and the kids and who doesn’t love fun surprises?
A BOO kit is super simple to put together. Walmart is your one stop shop for this stuff. Shop online or stop by a store and pick up what you need. All the Halloween candy is out, so I picked up a mixed bag of SNICKERS® and TWIX® bars and a mixed bag of Skittles®, Starburst®, and Life Savers®. My continued browsing found these fun mini monster cans of Sunkist® Soda and A&W® Root Beer*. There is also an Ibotta offer on the monster cans right now to save you a little. After that, it’s just finding the fun extras. And if you are going to make one, you might as well make a few more! I bought a big bucket for my neighbor and smaller buckets for the kids to give to their teachers.
You can make these however you want, but this is how I do it.
- A container – Anything could be used from a plastic bucket to a gift bag. I used metal buckets this year.
- Stuffing – I used black tissue paper, but get creative! Straw, wadded up newspaper, or packing paper could be used.
- Treats – I think we can all agree that the treats are necessary. Sunkist Soda and A&W Root Beer and candy, including mini Snickers®, Twix®, Milky Way®, Skittles®, and Lifesavers®, was the way I went.
- Goodies – Completely optional, but feel free to add pencils or fun little toys.
- Embellishments – Using American Greetings® Halloween stickers and washi tape, I jazzed my buckets up. The possibilities are endless here though.
I bought plain black and orange buckets and decided to decorate them myself. American Greetings® had an endcap of super cute Halloween stickers, so I got a few packs of them. I already had Halloween washi tape at home, so between the two, my buckets are decorated and adorable. I’m sorry, but who doesn’t love puffy stickers with googly eyes?
Using washi tape, I also taped orange and black straws onto the side of the soda cans. Cute, right?
Lastly, don’t forget to print out the BOO’d card! Print it at BooItForward.com. It lets them know what is going on and how they can BOO it forward. All that’s left is to deliver it. Make sure you do it secretly though.
The smaller black buckets are for my kid’s teachers. I had left over stickers, so I put them in the kit for my daughter’s teacher. Who besides a second grade teacher can get more use out of googly eyed Halloween stickers?
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Check out the Mini Monsters AR App to interact with all the monsters on the mini soda cans.
*Find these cans in-store at your local Walmart.