Boo Basket for Halloween

This year, I think we have all realized there have been more tricks than treats, and with COVID-19 restrictions and activity limitations still in place, this means the typical Halloween events are at a lull. For our family, we still plan to decorate, celebrate, and ensure our kids are having a fun time partaking in Halloween traditions, but not at the cost of risking our safety with high-risk activities. So in lieu of trick-or-treating, we decided to make “Boo Baskets” for the boys. If you are considering staying in this year and need a quick and easy filler to make this Halloween spirit special, read on.

Making a Boo Basket is simply and easy:

Pick Your “Basket”

Whether it’s a basket, bin, bucket or bowl – find the size that works for you. I purchased two Halloween buckets, but ended up using a small storage bin for my older son once I realized the book I purchased for him was too large.

Fill Your Basket

What you choose to fill the basket is totally up to you, but here are some fun treats are goodies you can consider:

  • Slime
  • Slap bracelets
  • Books
  • Glow lights
  • Witch fingers
  • Small puzzles
  • Spooky games
  • Halloween stickers
  • Halloween cookies
  • Creepy spiders
  • Toothbrush
  • Holiday cup
  • …and of course, Halloween candy!

Here are some items I chose to put in for my 7 and 2 year old.


Add some spider webs, ribbon, witch legs, glue some spiders, etc. to add a personal touch to each basket. I also used some basket filler items to add a bit of help with the display of your items. Click here to see a bunch of inspiration Boo Baskets!

Make it a game!

Turn this into a true Boo Basket by involving your friends, neighbors and family! Put together a creative basket and spread the Halloween fun, by leaving it on their doorstep anonymously to find with a note that says “You’ve Been Booed!” The poem will give the next instructions to continue the shenanigans by treating 2 other people! Be sure to place the “We’ve Been Booed” sign at your door, so you don’t get booed again.

There are so many ways you can display, decorate and fill your boo baskets, based on the individual or even do themed collections. Not only is it enjoyable and creative to make these Boo Baskets, but it’s an easy way to put a smile on your kiddos face (or neighbors and friends) and spread the “Boo”.

Let us know if you made a Boo Basket for Halloween and be sure to share your pictures in the comments below.

Did you enjoy this post? Be sure to check out our Story Stones post for more fall fun!


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