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A boo-licious boo bark, a spook-tacular party, and BOO’ing our neighbors and friends!
You guys, I have a serious crush on Halloween. The light hearted princess and pumpkins part, and the dark and scary, skulls, and demons part too. I just love the whole concept. From the origins, to the very different version we have today. I love it.
When I was a kid we did not have money for fancy Halloween costumes, so I remember starting the planning very early. We also did not have Pinterest, so getting creative ideas you could make at home was SO hard! I remember going as a bubble bath one year, and wearing pink sweats, which doubled as new pajamas, and a ton of pink balloons, a shower cap, and a bath scrubber. I also remember it meant I had to WALK everywhere, since I couldn’t fit in the car.
I have so many awesome Halloween memories, from making donuts, to traditions like visiting certain neighbors, and watching certain movies. But one of my favorites is BOO’ing.
I remember the first time we got BOO’d. Someone left a chocolate cream pie at our door with a ghost made out of whipped cream, with chocolate chip eyes. It was so cute. I proudly hung the “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign in our window, and we plotted out who to BOO next, and how we would do it secretly. It was so fun. It is a tradition I want to carry on with my kids.
So I thought I would put together a fun Halloween party, where we could celebrate this fun holiday, eat some boo-licious foods, and plan our own BOO kits to share with family and friends.
I went to Walmart and stocked up on MARS and Wrigley candy products and Halloween themed soda cans, cauldrons, and fun Halloween décor.
Then I set up a party. I started by making a BOO Kit station. This is where we put together our BOO kits we would be giving away.
One of the parts of our BOO kits is BOO bark, which is a chocolate bark, filled with MARS candies. I had this fun idea of having it be part of the party activities. The kids could help me make it, and place each piece of candy. I really wanted them to be fully invested in the BOO kit, so helping to make part of it was a great place to start. Since it takes some time to get the BOO bark chilled enough to harden, that is what we started with for our party.
The BOO bark turned out so cute (recipe below). And I found these darling treat bags at Walmart, which were perfect for holding it for our BOO kit.
Then we filled little cauldrons with M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, SKITTLES®, STARBURST®, and LIFESAVERS®. I had this fun idea to decorate the outside with vinyl, but you guys…my kids and vinyl…such a bad idea. It was a mess, so I pulled out some clear stickers that were Halloween themed, and we used those instead. Not as cute, but way easier.
Anyway, after stuffing our cauldrons full of candy, we add in some cute straws, and matched it with Halloween themed 7UP® and Sunkist®!
Then we added our BOO cards. You guys, I printed mine from the MARS social hub (Click here to get yours)! They were pre-made, so cute, and perfect for our BOO kits. All I had to do was print them out, cut the bottom off, and fold. They include a fun card explaining what it means to be BOO’d, instructions for what to do next, and the sign to hang in your window to let your neighbors know you have already been BOO’d! Eazy Peazy, as it should be!
Once we made our kits, we moved on to other fun! We decorated cupcakes, ate Halloween themed foods, and played Halloween games, like Pumpkin Bowling, and of course enjoyed a Halloween classic: Pumpkin Carving. It was a mess. Next year I will be doing the paint/permanent marker thing instead of small sharp knives in little hands! Don’t worry, we all kept our fingers.
And after the activities and fun, we ate some really awesome Halloween themed foods! Like these kick-butt Mummy Dogs! How cute are they? You guys, they take like 5 minutes to put together, and my kids loved helping to make their own mummies! We also had some Skeleton Veggies! (Not all Halloween foods has to be candy).
We also got to enjoy some “Witches Brew!” I couldn’t just put them in the BOO kits, and not let my kids enjoy them too! And those cute little cans! This is why I love Halloween so much.
Lastly, we went and BOO’d our neighbors. But I am not going to tell you who or that might give away the fun! This may be the only time in my life I haven’t wanted my friends and family to read my blog. Haha. But the mystery is a huge part of the fun.
We had a spooktacular time! And the party was so easy and fun. I highly recommend you BOO your neighbors, and make these BOO kits. The BOO bark takes only minutes to whip up. The MARS and Wrigley treats are always a good choice, and the free, printable BOO kit cards could not be easier: PRINT FROM HERE then…
- Cut out the “We’ve been BOO’d sign.
- Fold the “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card (page 2) and tape openings together.
- Include the card and sign when gifting BOO kits.
And don’t forget to make BOO bark, both to enjoy yourself and give away!
- 3 cups Orange Candy Melts
- MARS fun size candy bars
- Candy eyes
- Candy corn
- Halloween sprinkles
- Melt orange candy melts in microwave safe bowl by microwaving in 30 second intervals, stirring between each heating.
- It should take between 1-2 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave to get fully melted, not over-heated candy melts. When heating, stir between each interval, and when the melts are smaller, and the chocolate is silky smooth, that is when you can be done heating.
- Spread over a parchment lined cookie sheet, you want it to be about half a centimeter thick.
- Chop up fun-size MARS bars: SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, 3 MUSKETEERS®
- Evenly place them over the top of the chocolate, add in M&M's®, sprinkles, candy eyes, candy corn, and other Halloween candies.
- Put in the refrigerator and chill for at least half an hour.
- Break into pieces and package or enjoy!
Be sure to check out other great BOO Kit ideas. I’d love to hear about who you are BOO’ing this year to celebrate Halloween!
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