Phantom of the Neighborhood

The vibrant October blue sky darkened quickly, and the long shadows of the towering tulip poplar, oak, and hickory trees faded into the dusk.  The dry leaves rustled on the sidewalk, and in the distance a forlorn dog barked, urging his master to hurry home.  The Mister and I were companionably clearing the supper dishes in the warm glow of the kitchen when it happened.

The doorbell rang sharply; we thought we heard a bit of a scuffle.  Then nothing.  We opened the door and found no one.  Then we looked down and discovered that we had been booed!
First, we found a note that looked like this!
The note was attached to this,
which was filled with this!
Also tucked inside the darling black cat bag were the following instructions:
The phantom ghost has come to town
To leave some goodies to be found.
If you wish to make this a happier fall,
Continue this greeting, this phantom call.
Make two treats and two copies of this poem
Deliver them to neighbors, try to stay calm.
You’ve only one day to act, so be quick!
Leave your treats at doors the Phantom hasn’t  hit!
Deliver at dusk when there isn’t much light.
Ring the doorbell and run; stay out of sight!
This is all in good fun and the spirit of play,
Happy Halloween and Have a Great Day!

What a fun neighborhood treat!  Even though my tricksters are no longer little, they are excited to be part of this!  We will be making our phantom calls tomorrow evening with caramel corn and stickers and, of course, candy!  The question is, who to boo?
Does your neighborhood “boo”? 


  1. Can I move to your neighborhood? Too fun!

  2. Awwww so cute! I booed on person last year and she didn't carry on the game. *sigh* I doubt I will try again this year unless I get booed.

    A few years ago a bunch of people got into it and it was so much fun!

  3. We used to get boo'd in our old 'hood... no longer... I miss it!

  4. Well, this is my first year living in a neighborhood and have never gotten booed, but maybe I'll start it in our own!! :D

  5. Our neighborhood boos. It is VERY fun! ...and yes, even my older ones love the candy...secretly I do too!

  6. How fun!

    Our neighborhood (being in NE Florida), is filled with retirees. And they don't typically like to participate in Halloween. Nice folks, but could not care less about buying candy and waiting for the 4 kids in our neighborhood to come by.

    As such, we have to take the kids (ages 7 and 4) to friends' neighborhoods to Trick or Treat. And that's a whole other story --- the parents get plastic cups at the first house, and each house down the line fills the parents' cups with a choice wine. It's like a "Trick or Wine Tasting" for the parents!

    Anyway, we are going to do "BOO! our neighbors with the kids --- a "reverse" Trick or Treating!!! Since we have a few houses to cover, we'll decorate brown paper lunch sacks instead. Can't wait to see what the kids come up with to decorate their bags.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!!

  7. I had never heard of this until today and now yours is the second blog that has mentioned "Booing" your neighbors. Sounds like a fun tradition.

  8. We have been "Booing" for years and now I will send "Boo" bags to my college girl and her sorority sisters. It is so much fun-no matter the age.

  9. What a charming idea! We rarely get trick or treaters where we live anymore. Neighborhood children have grown, parents have become suspicious, getting dressed up is too much work, etc., etc.

    Last year we bought candy and decorated the walkway to the house spookily, and put out lanterns inviting trick or treaters, and not a single one stopped by. And it was on a Saturday!

    Needless to say I was happy to bring all the left over candy in to the office that Monday, since spent the better part of Sunday eating it at our house.

  10. We are boo-less now and we hardly get anymore trick or treaters as our neighborhood is mostly empty nesters now. :( I loved your intro and was wanting you to continue your beautiful story! More please! :) xoxo

  11. When we moved into the new neighborhood 4 years ago, we started the fun of "We've Been Boo'd." Now each year someone new starts it. Most of the neighbors are empty-nesters who still love to get all dressed up in our scariest garb to hand out candy to our 350+ trick or treaters. No matter the age, everyone gets excited when they find they've been boo'd and we all usually have ghosts flying way before that Hallowed Eve.


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