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Halloween Tradition: Boo it Forward!


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Walmart have partnered to celebrate the release of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call Extended Edition now on Blu-Ray by spreading the tradition of “Booing it Forward” for Halloween this year.  When their PR rep reached out and asked me if I wanted to help spread the word.  I, of course, said emphatically YES since anything having to do with holiday traditions makes my heart skip a beat.

Apparently this fun tradition has been around for several years…and I was not cool enough to have known about it.  But I’m so excited to “Boo it forward” for the first time this Halloween!

Here’s how it works:  Make a Halloween care package and then leave it on a friend or neighbor’s doorstep with a note challenging them to “Boo it forward” in the next 48 hours.  It’s a super cute way to get your kids involved in some good old-fashioned giving fun.

I love this idea especially for little ones like my son who are not so excited about all things Halloween.  While you will be hard-pressed to find a kid that doesn’t like the rot-your-teeth, bounce-off-the-walls, candy aspect of Halloween, there are a lot of little ones like my son who are scared of the costumes, haunted houses or anything remotely spooky.  This is a fun way to help them get in the spirit and create Halloween traditions that don’t revolve around teeth rotting candy consumption or nightmare inducing scary ghouls and goblins.  Not to mention, I’m a fan of anything that involves teaching little ones to give back!img_4528

Here’s what we put in our “Boo it Forward” care package:

  • A copy of the new Ghostbusters on Blue Ray.
  • “Homemade” (from a box mix) Halloween sugar cookies with fall colored m&ms
  • Silly monster stickers
  • Some foam pumpkins to decorate with the stickers
  • A mini pumpkin
  • A “Boo it Forward” note!

We recently came home from the library with You Can Do it, Sam by: Amy Hest which is all about a little bear who makes cakes with his mom for neighbors and friends.  Then she drives around and lets him walk up to the door to leave the surprise package on each doorstep.  I let Avery walk up to the doorstep to drop off the basket.  He was a little apprehensive, but I urged that he could do it just like Sam, and insisted I would be right there watching in case he needed me.  He was so proud of himself when he was done!


I challenge you to start (or continue) this adorable community building tradition yourself.  So if you are reading this, you have 48 hours to “Boo it Forward”!

Happy Halloween!

*I was gifted a copy of Ghostbusters on Blu-Ray for writing this post.  This post contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.



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