Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Art Of The Boo

I recently had my third article published in the online magazine Snippets! I seem to do articles on how to DO things, rather than about things. Rather ironic considering I'm a huge procrastinator. But I guess it makes sense, I write/talk about things but actually following through with them is the hard part. In the latest issue which was a horror theme I decided to write about a new Halloween craze that's starting to grow in America and it's called Booing. Have a read of my article so you know what an earth I'm going on about. To briefly explain it I would describe it as "...a cross between a Knock-and-Run and a Secret Santa." I originally heard about Booing from several blogs and decided to do a little bit of my own research on it. I think it is a fabulous way for people who are too old/too shy to trick or treat, to be able to participate in Halloween as it is anonymous. It's also just another great way to celebrate Halloween and since the holiday isn't really celebrated that much here in Australia, I think it's a perfect way to inject a bit of spookyness into the neighbourhood. And lastly, it's a great way to be a part of the community(even though it is anonymous) as you feel connected and it's a great way to give back/say thanks.

I decided to actually take heed of what my article was about and went Booing myself, the other day. It was a bit close to Halloween and I should have done it earlier but 'better late than never'. I packed up two felt bags that I bought for $2.50 each at a discount store, with some different flavoured freddos and gummy snakes(I hope my recipients enjoyed them, I don't eat sweets myself so I was a bit unsure of what to buy). I also added some halloween stickers and a witch's nose to each one. I taped the Booing poem to the outside and popped an "I've been booed" sign in with the gifts. I originally wanted to go Booing at night but I seemed to have forgotten about my fear of the dark and almost wet myself when I went outside. So instead I went around 4pm the next day. I had to keep walking around for ages to find a street where no-one was checking their mail, riding scooters or arriving home from work though. Once I eventually did find two available houses and left the goodie bags on the doormats, I sprinted off just incase I was spotted. Now all that's left is to wait and see if anyone else passes on ... the art of the Boo.

7 comments:

Peppercorn Swirls said...

OH I love Snippets (best online magazine by far). I've never been booing or whatever it's called, but it sounds like funnn! And to answer the question you left on my blog: I was shot at during a school athletics carnival. I was paiting signs for each of the 'houses', when the guy I hated came up to me. He was teasing me so I threw the paint onto him! Haha, good times, good times.. xx Peppercorn Swirls

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

What a fun idea - I hope the recipients appreciated their goodie bags :)

Creativemind said...

Well darnit, I wish I came across this earlier. Tomorrow is Halloween and I haven't got the right boo-stuff for a goodie bag. I just moved to a new neighborhood and this might be perfect for me to do, of course they may figure out who the culprit is being we're the newbies in town, but still would have proven to be fun. I gotta remember to do it next year.

ЯANdOM ЯAWR ◊ said...

I checked out your article [which is great by the way]. I recently wrote a post about how much I hate Halloween, but after your article about Booing, I don’t think I hate it that much anymore. Booing sounds awesome!
Oh! I just realised it’s Halloween today. I really hope there won’t be any trick-or-treaters coming to my house this year, or else I may have to invest in either a javelin or pit-bull. Haha.

Blaize.

Eva said...

Such a good idea :)

Eva.

Creativemind said...

Well darnit, I wish I came across this earlier. Tomorrow is Halloween and I haven't got the right boo-stuff for a goodie bag. I just moved to a new neighborhood and this might be perfect for me to do, of course they may figure out who the culprit is being we're the newbies in town, but still would have proven to be fun. I gotta remember to do it next year.

Peppercorn Swirls said...

OH I love Snippets (best online magazine by far). I've never been booing or whatever it's called, but it sounds like funnn! And to answer the question you left on my blog: I was shot at during a school athletics carnival. I was paiting signs for each of the 'houses', when the guy I hated came up to me. He was teasing me so I threw the paint onto him! Haha, good times, good times.. xx Peppercorn Swirls