Boo Baskets

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Halloween “Boo”ing.

We were introduced to this tradition when the kids were really young. And we LOVE it. We make up some cute little baskets of goodies to share with our friends and neighbors and then…

Drop it. Knock. RUN.

We used to get caught all the time, but now, we are able to make the get away without anyone seeing us. Usually. Unless someone falls down (which does happen). Or one of the smalls has a change of heart and starts to go back to the door. So many things can go wrong when five little kids are trying to be sneaky! It really is difficult for us to pull this off. But we are getting better.

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And sometimes I think the kids hope to get caught!

But half of the fun is in putting the cute little packages together. We usually buy some treats and a cute container. Then we type the letter and stick it in. This is the one we have been using for a few years now:

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There used to be some rules that went with it about putting the sheet on your door so people knew you had already been boo’ed and then boo’ing two or more people in the next week. blah blah blah..

But we scrapped all that. Who doesn’t want to be boo’ed more than once? And it isn’t a chain letter. Spread it if you want and don’t if this isn’t your year! We don’t need any more pressure as moms, do we?

For some fun inspiration, here are some ideas for boo baskets that we are considering this year:

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I think this last one is my favorite, I’m just not sure I will be able to pull it off. Some years it is just so much easier to go through the dollar isle at Target and pick up a simple little container, throw some candy in it and voila.

So if this is your type of thing and it totally energizes you to do it, then by all means pass it on! Either way, I hope you are all boo’ed this year!

Laser Tag Birthday Party

We are in the thick of birthday season at our house right now. So here’s our latest creation!

Theme: Messy Laser Tag Party for a 7-year-old boy

Invitations: I printed these myself at home on vellum paper. The vellum made them seem cooler somehow!

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Decorations: I hardly did anything. Those boys didn’t care…

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Activities: Now, this is where we went crazy! We started with Lazer Tag Capture the Flag, then we moved into silly string, water balloons and sponge balls and concluded with a laser maze. Fun, active and messy!

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This picture was after the fact so some of the “lasers” had fallen down

Food: Pizza, fruit kabobs and ice cream cake that I bought at the store, so sue me!

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Goodie Bag: Inside we put an airplane, foam air darts and, or course, some candy.

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It was an active, messy, seriously fun boy party. All in all, it was a blast!