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 âhootâ another person, whether it is you or someone else.
The possibilities are truly endless. In fact, the recycle bin doesn’t even have to be a real basket.
âThe baskets are full of candy, local favorites, coloring books, etc. Then you anonymously âbooâ 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, âsays 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
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
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 ââapricots
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
NestlÃ© 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
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 BELLEFÃE 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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