How to “Boo” Your Friends for Halloween

boo your friends for halloween

Spook your friends this Halloween season by “booing” them with a surprise treat. The goal of this wicked tradition is to secretly spread some ghoulish cheer by leaving sweets on peoples’ doorsteps, ringing their doorbell, and running away. Instructions are included in each bag of treats to keep spreading the festive spirit and share the fun with others.

But you can also begin this delightful ritual in the office and at school, see how to “boo” your friends for Halloween with these handcrafted ideas. They’re easy to make and a fantastic way to get people into the Halloween spirit.

“You’ve Been Booed” Instructions

White Halloween invitation with the word boo in large typeface and several small, black bats
Print customized instructions with postcards (8386)

Although getting booed is becoming more popular, there are still many people who don’t know the rules or could use a refresher. Make sure to include a set of “You’ve Been Booed” instructions and a sign for the recipient to hang that lets others know that they have already been booed. We even created a “You’ve Been Booed” template for instructions and our free Design & Print software makes it a snap to create customized “You’ve Been Booed” signs.

Click here for the “You’ve Been Booed” instruction template.

“You’ve Been Booed” Printable Tags

Orange Halloween buckets with bags of popcorn inside for booing your friends at halloween
Give snacks a spooky touch with scallop tags (80503)

Halloween isn’t just about the candy, it’s about the mood. Treats are important but the spooky presentation and personalized details are what can upgrade your boo bag from being just a cute treat to the highlight of Halloween. Printable tags are perfect since they give you the ability to print out phrases with frightful fonts and eerie images.

Click here for the scallop tag template.

Bewitch your friends with personalized tags (22802)

Tags, cards, labels and other trimmings help dress up treats to fit the spooky season. These features also help draw in and direct the attention of the person you’re booing so that they can recognize every enchanting detail.

Click here for the “You’ve Been Booed!” tag template.

“You’ve Been Booed” Treat Ideas

small cellophane treat bags filled with candy corn and labelled with round white Halloween themed labels
Make your snacks spooktacular with round labels (94502)

Traditional Halloween candies and snacks you can gift include candy corn, popcorn balls and candy apples. However, Halloween is also a celebration of all types of candy so feel free to mix and match. Many popular candy companies also release seasonally-exclusive and experimental treats during this time so take a stroll through your local store to see if anything jumps out at you.

Metal buckets filled with treats featuring a white Haloween themed tag and orange ribbon with various candies inside
Business cards (5871) can be used for clever gift tags

You can also choose treats by how well they work together to make a more haunting display. If your treats look good enough, they could even end up on your neighbors’ coffee tables as conversation starters.

Click here for the “Boo” business card tag template.

Boo your friends for halloween with cute bags labeled
Conjure instant bag toppers by folding over rectangle labels (94215)

Ready-to-make packs of snacks are also a fun option to put together, especially with your kids. Craft your own devilish concoctions by mixing together various types of candies.

Click here for the “Eat at Your Own Risk” bag topper label template.

“You’ve Been Booed” Gift Ideas

bright orange bags with black ribbon and white tags, featuring the word Boo in large letters and small black bats
Craft boo bags with paper bags, ribbons, and tags (22802)

Now that you have your instructions, decorations, and treats, it’s time to stitch them all together to make the final package. Make sure that a tag or note is immediately visible so that the recipient knows they’re being booed. This is a good way to let them know why they received a sudden gift and also makes it more likely for them to read the instructions and continue the tradition.

Small, plastic cauldron with several Halloween treats and gifts inside, featuring a white tag with large letters and bats
Coordinate matching templates to create a spellbinding gift

Also, don’t be afraid to branch out and be creative with your gifts. Candy is always welcome but Halloween-themed clothing, toy rats, plastic cauldrons, and more are also awesome gifts. Depending on who you’re gifting, many of these presents can also end up being decorations for desks, homes, or classrooms as well.

And feel free to take a look through our various other labels and cards to see what your devious mind can concoct. You can also use Avery blank labels by the sheet in a huge variety of materials, shapes, and sizes. Or we can even print your projects for you with our WePrint custom printing service.

Even though boo bags are anonymous, the best gift will be the one that is undeniably you.

Products used in this article:

4″ x 6″ Postcards (8386)

2.5″ Scallop Round Tags (80503)

2″ x 3.5″ Tags with Strings (22802)

2.5″ Round Labels (94502)

2″ x 3.5″ Clean Edge® Business Cards (5871)

3-1/3″ x 4″ Rectangle Labels

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