Today, I am sharing a few ways to kick off Fall and ensure that you have a happy Halloween. First and foremost, start the season with a Fall Bucket List to get excited about what’s to come. Then, participate in a neighborhood tradition, like Boo Baskets, which I’ll tell you all about. At the end of the post, find a simple Halloween treat recipe that the kids will love. Or, anyone who loves chocolate and peanut butter!
Fall Bucket List
- Decorate the front porch or yard. Or, simply add a seasonal wreath.
- Visit the pumpkin patch. Or, a corn maze. Or, an outdoor fall festival.
- Bake a pumpkin pie or Grandma’s Sweet Potato Pie.
- Watch some scary, or not so scary, movies.
- Cozy up around the campfire with the Ultimate S’mores Board or S’mores Dip.
- Carve or paint or decorate pumpkins while listening to spooky tunes.
- Create some Fall crafts like these DIY acorns to decorate your home.
- DIY your own costumes with items in the craft drawers or closets.
- Surprise your neighbors with ‘BOO baskets.’
- Make some easy Fall treats like candy apples or ‘Nutter Butter Ghosts,’ found below.
What is a ‘Boo Basket?’
A ‘BOO Basket’, or basket of Halloween treats, is secretly placed on the front door of friends or neighbors throughout October. Then, others continue the act of kindness by making and delivering ‘boo baskets’ to other houses in the neighborhood. To let others know that you have been ‘BOO-ed,’ simply tape this printable sign on the front door or window. Therefore, the goal is to “BOO’ the whole neighborhood.
However, a ‘BOO basket’ is more than a gift basket. It’s an act of kindness. It’s a fun family activity. It’s a neighbored tradition. It is how we wish others a ‘Happy Halloween.’ It’s less trick and more treat. Because, we can always use a little more kindness and togetherness in this world.
Start this happy Halloween tradition.
- Firstly, fill two or more different baskets with sweet & savory treats. Include a small gift like a Fall scented candle, kitchen tea towel or seasonal decor.
- Secondly, print and attach the ‘You’ve Been Boo-ed‘ tag and instructions, below, to each basket.
- Thirdly, secretly, leave the “boo basket” on two different friend’s or neighbor’s doorsteps.
Go to my bestie’s blog, Cuter Tudor, for 10 different themed Boo Baskets. You will find lots of inspiration to fill your baskets for gift giving.
Print & cut out ghosts to tag treat baskets and or your front door.
Have you been BOO-ed? Continue the kindness.
- If ‘you’ve been BOO-ed,’ enjoy your treats and celebrate a happy Halloween.
- Then, cut out and tape the ‘we’ve been BOO-ed’ ghost on your front door to let neighbors know that you have received a basket.
- Within 3 days, make and deliver two baskets to share with your friends or neighbors.
Nutter Butter Ghosts
As a busy mom, I don’t always have time to make cookies from scratch. However, these chocolate covered peanut butter cookies are easy to do. So, when I’m in a pinch, yet want to be festive, I make Nutter Butter Ghosts.
- Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies
- White melting chocolate OR almond bark
- Mini chocolate chips OR tube of black decorating icing
Tongs are helpful. In addition, parchment paper or a baking mat will ensure cookies don’t stick to the surface. Lastly, the chocolate hardens fairly quickly and doesn’t reheat well. Therefore, heating half the chocolate at a time gives you plenty of time to dip cookies in smaller batches.
- Firstly, melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir. Then, heat in 30 second increments until melted.
- With tongs, dip the cookie in the bowl of melted chocolate. Meanwhile, scoop chocolate with a small baking spatula or spoon to cover 80 percent of both sides of the cookie.
- After that, lay chocolate covered cookie onto the baking mat or parchment paper to dry. Then, drag the tip of a clean spoon onto the edge of the chocolate to create the wispy tails of the ‘ghost.’
- Immediately, drop mini chocolate chips onto the top half of the cookie to form two eyes and a mouth on the ghost. However, if using piping icing, wait till dry to add details.
Melt chocolate. Dip cookies. Drop chips.
Lastly, allow to completely harden before serving or storing in an air tight container. When gifting, place into clear bags and tie with pretty ribbon. Then, place into cardboard treat boxes or Boo Baskets.