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“Once Upon a midnight dreary…” may describe a bit how I have been feeling lately. While nothing big or bad has happened, we are gearing up for some of the biggest home DIY challenges we have ever faced. Add the overcast week, and the fact that Hurricane Mathew seems to be heading our way, and everything seems so ominous. Life can get so crazy at times that we get stuck in our own heads, ya know? It gave me pause to reflect on all the things I have in life to feel great about and enjoy life in the moment. Although you can see that creativity is a core value for me, being generous is another. We have had several new neighbors and I hadn’t properly welcomed them to the neighborhood. With Halloween coming up, I wanted to have some fun, relax with friends, and engage with my new neighbors. A BOO Kit Making Party was the perfect way to do all of that! Everyone could enjoy the party, and then we would leave the BOO Kits anonymously on the doorsteps of the new neighbors. That was sure to put a smile on their face and mine!
Let’s talk a little about his soiree. Don’t you just love the mystery and sinister spookiness of Halloween? Ravens, headstones, and even our ticking clock set the scene for this party. I invited a few of my friendly neighbors over to make the kits. I popped some popcorn and set out some MARS® candy from Walmart to snack on while we got to catch up on everyone’s latest life induced mayhem. I also used the candy to make some Chocolate Candy Covered Apples and printed out the BOO it Forward cards to include in the buckets.
I definitely wanted to include a homemade treat and these Chocolate Candy Covered Apples were so easy to make!
At the party, we wrapped them in plastic favor bags and let the guests choose a festive ribbon or two. Aren’t they so cute?!
But the main event of the party was, of course, the BOO Bundles to give to our 4 new sets of neighbors. You don’t have to give them to neighbors though. I know friends, co-workers, and teachers would appreciate one of these.
- Galvanized or plastic buckets
- Yellow and Orange Spray Paint
- Tissue Paper (I used silver American Greetings® tissue paper with glitter sparkles in it)
- Treat bags
- MARS® Candy
- Other small gift items such as a scented candle or homemade goodie
- Boo-It-Forward Printable (here)
I found these galvanized buckets on clearance but you can use any kind of plastic or metal container for the kits. Spray paint the orange around the bottom and allow to dry according to directions. Re-coat if necessary to keep the coats thin. Spray yellow around the top. Provide your guests with additional decorating supplies and the Boo-it-Foward Printable. Let them fill and decorate the buckets with the provided decorations. I included a scented candle but I wish I could have added the new Ghostbusters® movie. (Huge fan alert here.) It is being released 10/11 on Blu-ray, DVD, but you can pre-order it today or buy it on VUDU! We wrapped the apples in plastic favor containers and tied them with festive ribbon.
I put out some fun sized candies including Skittles® Original, Starburst® and Life Savers® Gummies. We filled the small treat bags with them and munched on a few during the party.
To use the BOO It Forward Cards, simply fold the “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card (page 2) and tape the open edges together. Add it to the bucket and that’s all. Secretly deliver it to your chosen victim…ahem, I mean recipient, and BOO it Forward!
Looking to plan your own Boo Kit Making party? Or maybe you have someone in mind that really could use a good Booing. Who will you be BOO’ing, this year?
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