Been Booed by Lee St. John

Halloween by Lee St John

Lisa Everyday Reads

Happy Halloween from Lee St. John 

pumpkin display Photo by Artie Siegel on

My neighborhood plays the game, You’ve Been BOOed. Some might call it Ghosting or The

Phantom. It’s a friendly, innocent prank for Halloween fun. We have a lot of children in our neighborhood, so the game starts early in October.

Someone clandestinely starts the game—I know who—by secretly leaving a small Halloween-themed gift bag of treats— and maybe some tricks!—for each child in the selected home. It alsocontainsinstructionsforthepartakingofthefun,a“You’ve Been BOOed” sign, and a “BOO” poem. After a household has been BOOed, they, too, must in turn secretly pay it forward. Those participating will know when a house has already been BOOed because the sign in the goody bag will be placed on the frontdoorallowingotherstomoveontoanotherneighbor.

Part of the fun is how

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