What is a Boo basket? 11 spooky gift basket ideas

With Halloween very different this year, you can always celebrate the spooky season by trying something new. Come in: boo the baskets.

What is a boo basket?

Boo Baskets are a fun Halloween tradition to surprise your neighbors or friends with an extra treat!

Since all of the 2020 holidays, including Halloween, have been altered in some way to involve less direct contact and more meaningful communication from a distance, boo baskets work perfectly in this context.

A boo basket is a collection of treats you leave on a neighbor’s doorstep, much like a secret Santa Claus. Ideally, the neighbor will then “hoot” another person, whether it is you or someone else.

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The possibilities are truly endless. In fact, the recycle bin doesn’t even have to be a real basket.

“The baskets are full of candy, local favorites, coloring books, etc. Then you anonymously “boo” someone by leaving the basket at their door. If you get booed, you’re supposed to boo a friend or two to keep this going, ”says Emily Lawson, founder of Pink House Alchemy, which offers Boo Baskets as a fun option for Halloween.

There is no doubt that Halloween is particularly weird this year. As Lawson adds, “A lot of people are still not sure what the trick or the treatment is and are deciding what is best for them.”

So, why not stay safe and celebrate this Halloween with a boo basket?

11 best boo basket ideas

Whether it’s novelty or food, you can put almost anything in a basket as long as it fits the scary season. Most people put candy and chocolate bars in their baskets, but you can also add toys or even homemade treats, like Halloween-themed cookies or pumpkin-flavored foods.

Most importantly, make things a little more interesting and fun, while still maintaining a sense of community.

1. Basket of alcohol

Who doesn’t need a drink this Halloween? A watered basket can include items like bar items, a bottle of wine, their favorite liquor, a canned cocktail, or anything else that will give them a spooky buzz.

An insulated growler has an easy-to-pour stopper and will be fun to carry, while mulled wine and whiskey, or even morning coffee, add a festive touch to their home bar. This boo basket is something they’ll want to toast – in true Halloween style.

What to include in your boozy boo basket:

Stainless steel growler with Noah x Mizu skull patch

SHTOX Rotation Whiskey Bar Glass

VonShef Parisian Cocktail Shaker Bar Set

The Vodka Sampler Gift Basket by BroBasket

Ice cube tray W&P Design Peak Sphere 2.0

2. Witch basket

Is it really Halloween without witches? You might as well celebrate them with a witch-themed basket.

A witch-centric basket can hold everything from a witch hat to fun spell books and witch-type accessories. Have fun with this one and shape it for the person you are offering. A good idea may even be to use the witch hat as the basket itself to tie everything together.

What to include in your witch basket:

Rad + Refined ‘Bad Witch’ Round Sunglasses

Women’s Natsuki Wool Knit Witch Hat

The Complete Grimoire: Magic Spells and Practices to Awaken Your Inner Witch

Unlined 120-page Blue Stone Embossed Leather Journal with Clasp

Juvale Black Obsidian Crystal Ball

Witches Brewing Cauldron Mug

Witch Dust Popcorn

3. Adult themed basket

This boo basket is ideal for your real “boo” whether it is your partner or your friend with benefits. These adult-themed baskets can go in many directions – from a sexy take on the old-fashioned treat or treat game, to taking a bubble bath together, or getting downright steamy.

What to include in your adult basket:

Devol Pocket Vibe

Curses coloring book for adults

‘Tango Ensemble’ Rendezvous Box

Bat Art Bath Bomb

Halloween Koozies

4. Basket on the theme of the spider

Spiders can be scary and scary, but they are also fun and silly ideas, like including temporary face tattoo stickers or googly eyes in your basket. Take it in a scary or fun direction – whatever works for your spider lover.

What to include in your spider-themed boo basket:

Creativity Street Peel and Stick Wiggle Eyes

DKAF Spider Web Temporary Tattoo

Wilton Edible Candy Eyeballs

Rubies Web Vixen Face Mask Tattoo

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5. Basket of homemade snacks

Sometimes the treats can be special and still be quite healthy. It’s a perfect compromise. For the healthy eating people in your life, show you care with healthy fruit snacks, whole grains, dark chocolate, and other treats that won’t make them feel guilty.

What to include in your snack basket:

Pack of homemade snacks

Pirouline Chocolate Hazelnut Wafers

Traina Sun-dried royal ruby ​​apricots

That’s it. Various fruit bars

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt

Parmesan and cheddar chips

6. Basket of chocolates and candies

Whether you are young or old, candy and treats are a big part of Halloween. So why not include it in your boo basket? It takes the snack option the other way around and is still very traditional, with candies still being part of the candy or treat game.

What to include in your basket of sweet treats:

Caramel beer in the flying cauldron

Hershey’s Glow in the Dark Packaging Mix

Zombie bowling pins

Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme Fangs

Nestlé SweeTARTS Skulls and Bones

Hershey’s Kisses Vampire Milk Chocolate

7. Friday 13 Basket

Is there a scarier day than Friday the 13th? This makes it a great way to add a spooky touch this year. Whether it’s movies (there are a lot of them) or just movie memorabilia, there is so much to do for the Friday 13 fan.

What to include in your ‘Friday the 13th’ boo basket:

Mosqueda Friday the 13th Mask

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Movie socks Friday the 13th

Funny Friday The 13th Pullover Hoodie

Friday the 13th Collection of 8 films

8. Autumn basket

It might be hard this year to tell one season from another, but now it’s fall, so celebrate it with a basket of fall-themed produce. Pay homage to all the senses with the flavors, colors and scents of fall. It will smell delicious and really help set the mood.

What to include in your fall basket:

Autumn gift box

Stash Tea Assortment 6 Flavors

P&J Trading Fall Fragrance Oils

Fall leaf blanket

9. Pet toy basket

If your neighbor or friend loves their dog more than anything, leave a basket of dog toys and treats. Or, go further and leave the basket addressed to the animal, who will love to play with all its novelties. Plus, what a great time it will be to enjoy.

What to include in your pet’s poop basket:

Personalized Halloween Dog Treats

The Pioneer Woman BBQ Style Cuts Meat Dog Treats

Greenies Original Petite Natural Dental Treats for Dogs

PUPTECK Halloween Squeaky Chew Toys

10. Spa basket

Give your loved one or neighbor an excuse to sit back and relax with a spa-themed gift basket. Most of us cannot visit the spa at this time, but you can experience the feeling of a great spa treatment, whether it is a scent bath or the surrounding smells and flavors.

What to include in your spa boo basket:

Bubbly Belle Halloween Bath Bombs

LA BELLEFÉE Halloween Pumpkin Scented Candle

VOESH Pedi In A Box 4-Step Pedicure System

NY Threads Women’s Fleece Robe

11. Pumpkin basket

Pumpkins are a perfect symbol of the Halloween season, so play on this tradition by filling a basket with pumpkin-themed treats. There are so many ways to catch the pumpkin trend, so the possibilities are truly endless.

What to include in your pumpkin themed boo basket:

Threshold Corn Husk Rope Pumpkin

Voluspa Spicy Pumpkin Latte Mini Pot Candle

Hot & Spicy Pumpkin Spice Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette

Archipelago Botanicals Macchiato Pumpkin Indoor Diffuser

Chaser Jack-o-Lantern Cozy Joggers

Pumpkin Marigold Spice Kettle

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