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Halloween Open House

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This year I decided I would join the #BOOItForward movement by creating a “BOO kit” to give to my Realtor and friend who lives just a few streets over from me.  If it wasn’t for this amazing lady, I wouldn’t be celebrating Halloween in my wonderful new home this year!  I will show you how I created this great Halloween inspired care package.

Next, I will give you a peek at a small party I recently hosted.  Some of my friends in the area hadn’t seen my new home and have been asking for a tour.  I decided I would host a mini Halloween themed open house because here in Central Florida Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has already started at the Magic Kingdom and we are in full Halloween mode!

This post has lots of great ideas to share the Halloween spirit, so read on!

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How to Create a BOO Kit

Step One: The Sweets!

I needed to pick up some treats for my BOO Kit! I stopped by Walmart and, of course they have a great selection of Halloween candy at affordable prices. They have bags with different assortments of the following favorite candies: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, SKITTLES®, STARBURST®, and LIFESAVERS®.
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Make sure to save $1.00 on TWO (2) 2L or 6pk 8oz cans of any flavor Sunkist® Soda, 7UP®, Canada Dry®, A&W®, Squirt®, or Sun Drop® by visiting Walmart.com.

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Step Two: Supplies & The Printable

Make sure you grab the printable when you’re creating your own BOO kit. The printable lets your “victim” know that they should to be BOOing others!

  1. Find and download the printable here. Then, print it out.
  2. Cut out the “We’ve been BOO’d sign.
  3. Fold the “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card (page 2) and tape openings together.
  4. Include the card and sign when gifting BOO bundles.

To put my BOO kit together I used a clear, plastic paint can. This allows for easy transport and the ability to see all the goodies inside!

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Step Three: Putting it Together

I keep all kinds of paper shred on hand for gift giving, and a nice bed of orange is just perfect for this gift in a clear container.

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Next I added a couple cans of soda. You’ll see that I also added a few creepy spiders to add some extra BOO!
boo-it-forward-step-3I bought some little, inexpensive gifts to throw in my BOO Kit. After the sodas were place inside I started filling with the candy and little gifts.
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…and here is my finished BOO kit. All ready to start the BOO’ing!
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Step Four: Deliver the BOO kit!

Shhhhh!  Don’t tell her it was from me!  That is the fun of BOO’ing someone, it is a total surprise, and it is one of those great ideas that encourages people to get in on the fun.

Halloween Open House

As I mentioned I had several friends wanting a tour of the new house.  So, I decided to set up a mini party/open house.  I don’t yet have the furniture to host something very large, but a handful of guests I can do!  Since I was already creating a BOO kit I decided to have an area of my party set-up dedicated for people to create their own BOO kits so they could BOO someone else. I’m all about spreading the BOOs far and wide!

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After the fun Pink and Black and sophisticated Black and White Halloween celebrations last year, I decided to go traditional orange and black for my table this year.

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Outside of lots of candy and soda available to my guests I also served them up a Bucket o’ Bones (pork ribs), Rat Legs (chicken), Swamp Sludge (spinach and artichoke dip) and Bat Wings (blue corn chips).  I created printables to label the food and you can download to use them for your Halloween celebration!

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For a while now I have wanted to take one of these ordinary plastic cauldrons and really age it so it looks more spooky.  A friend and I worked on this one for two days and I will be posting a tutorial on how to do it next week.  I knew it was the perfect thing to fill with ice and serve 7UP®, Sunkist® and A&W beverages in.

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This is the BOO kit station for my open house. I provided some smaller sized clear paint buckets, some BOO kit printables, candy and some spooky gifts. boo-kit-station

Be sure to check out other great BOO Kit ideas. Mars/Wrigley and Walmart are also running a sweepstakes for this #BOOitForward movement make sure you enter the sweepstakes below for your chance to win a $1,000 Walmart Gift Card!

I’d love to hear about who you are BOO’ing this year to celebrate Halloween, and will you be hosting a Halloween party this year?

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I’ll be sharing this at the following link parties:  Link-It To Me Link Party | Wordless Wednesday | Creative Princess:  It’s A Party | This Is How We Roll Thursday | Show and Share

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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube

7 Comments

  1. Chloe you continue to amaze me with your party themes! I love the idea of having a book kit station set up for your guests so they can pay it forward. My kids loved to BOO our neighbors when they were younger. Last year I actually had someone BOO me with a bottle of wine and candy 🙂 Halloween is my favorite holiday!

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Dawn! I like that being boo’d with a bottle of wine! Great idea!

  2. Such a fun idea Chloe, and making your home tour into a boo making kit party is a fabulous idea!

  3. So fun!
    I found you on HomeTalk with the DIY Cauldron. Great job!
    I’d love you to link it up to our #partygalslinkyparty on my blog too!

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