Ghosting the Neighborhood

Last night, CP#1 and #2 were treated to a new Halloween tradition called “Ghosting.” The festive activity is a neighborhood endeavor. Each family is assigned a neighbor to “boo” during the month of October. The kids fill a pumpkin with Halloween goodies, sneak up to their neighbor’s door, ring the bell, leave the pumpkin, and run to a hiding place as fast as they can.

We prepared by dressing all in black from head to toe. MP kept referring to CP#1 and #2 as Spy Kids, which delighted them to no end. The team also had a great time filling up our pumpkin with candy, stickers, and glowing skeletons. We included a print-out of a ghost and a poem much like this one:

You’ve Been Ghosted!
Late last night, we left you a treat. The tradition is fun, one we hope you’ll repeat.
Take the ghost and pin it on your door, to let others know, you need ghosted no more.
Now it’s your duty to pass on the surprise, to more families, we must advise.
Gather some treats and deliver them soon, within two nights, under the light of the moon.
Include a ghost with each package you give, along with this poem for the tradition to live.

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When it was time to go outside, we crept behind a big boulder and noticed the living room lights were on at our neighbor’s house. Uh oh. The kids worried they might spot us, so we tiptoed down the edge of their driveway and made a plan to creep low to the front door. CP#1 rang the doorbell and we all giggled and ran to their garage as fast as we could, hoping they wouldn’t spot us. The door opened, our neighbor Ms. Polly called out, “Hello?” and we all did our best not to make a sound.

Even if you don’t live in a neighborhood, this is a great activity to plan with a group of local families. The kids talked about their successful “boo” until bedtime, thrilled that they had pulled off the surprise. What a fun way to celebrate Halloween!

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