Embrace the spooky season and spread Halloween joy in your community with the beloved tradition of “You’ve Been Booed.” We’ll provide you with creative ideas to join in on the fun, share the rules, and reveal what you can put in your “Boo” bags. Plus, we’ve got a special treat for you – a free You’ve Been Booed printable to help you get started!

A cute "You've Been Booed" bag with free printable attached sits on a marble kitchen counter next to a mini white pumpkin. This is a DIY You've Been Booed idea for a Halloween gift.

Halloween is a time for spooky decorations, creative costumes, and, most importantly, fun traditions. One of the most enjoyable Halloween traditions is the game of “You’ve Been Booed.” 

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Let’s get into the Halloween spirit by creating You’ve Been Booed gift bags! 

What is the “You’ve Been Booed” Tradition?

“You’ve Been Booed” is a delightful Halloween tradition that involves surprising your friends, family, or neighbors with a “Boo” basket or bag full of treats, goodies, and festive decorations. The idea behind this activity is to spread Halloween cheer and create a sense of community by anonymously gifting your chosen recipients with a Halloween-themed surprise.

The core concept of “You’ve Been Booed” includes a note or poem instructing the recipient to continue the fun by “Booing” others. This chain reaction of “Booing” adds an element of excitement to the Halloween season. 

How to “Boo” Someone

1. Prepare Your “Boo” Package
Gather your chosen items and create a festive, Halloween-themed package. We bought our brown paper bags, tissue paper, and goodies at Michael’s

2. Print the “You’ve Been Booed” Note 
Include a copy of a “You’ve Been Booed” note, which can be found in the links below. These notes explain what the treats are all about. 

3. Deliver the Surprise
Anonymously leave your “Boo” package on the doorstep of the recipient, ring the bell, and quickly hide to witness their reaction. We recommend delivering in disguise. 

4. Encourage Them to Continue
The poem will instruct the recipient to “Boo” other households. Encourage them to participate in the fun and maintain the Halloween spirit.

Rules of “You’ve Been Booed”

A free printable with you've been booed rules on a marble counter. There are a few traditional rules for this game to help this  Halloween tradition to run smoothly. However, we don’t believe in enforcing these rules. Having given and received boo packages in the past, we believe you should enjoy this game as you’d wish. Boo as many friends as you like! 

1. Keep It Secret
Maintain the surprise by not revealing your identity when delivering the “Boo” package.

2. Boo Two More
Ensure the fun continues by asking the recipient to “Boo” two other households. This helps spread the joy throughout the neighborhood.

3. Display the Sign
Once “Booed,” proudly display a “We’ve Been Booed” sign in your window or on your door to let others know you’ve already received a treat.

What Do You Put in Your You’ve Been Booed Gift?

Cute pumpkin cupcakes with white fondant pumpkins are perfect for Halloween.

The contents of your “You’ve Been Booed” package are limited only by your creativity. Here are some ideas to consider:

1. Candies and Treats: Halloween-themed candies, chocolates, or other sweet treats like Pumpkin Cupcakes.

2. Craft Supplies: Include items like stickers, colored pencils, or small craft projects to keep kids entertained.

3. Halloween Decor: Spooky decorations, mini pumpkins, pumpkin-scented candles, or glow-in-the-dark items can add a festive touch.

4. Homemade Goods: Bake or craft something unique, like homemade cookies, candles, or soaps.

5. Themed Gifts: Tailor your package to your recipients’ interests, whether it’s a movie night theme, a book-lover’s package, coffee and cookies, a pet lover’s theme, or something else entirely.

Remember, the key is to have fun and spread the Halloween spirit!

A graphic to download as a You've been Booed free printable.

Free Printable “You’ve Been Booed” Note

To help you get started with this exciting Halloween tradition, we’ve created a free printable “You’ve Been Booed” note. 


More You’ve Been Booed Free Printables

We’ve created even more Booing printables for you to choose from, from vibrant to black and white. To print them, feel free to save them to your computer or download the pdf

A black and white you've been booed printable. Cute Halloween graphics with trick-or-treaters, spiderwebs, and a bat. Text overlay reads "You've been booed. A little trick and a few treats from friendly monsters who are quick on their feet."

Black and White Printable 

Here’s a great printable if you don’t have access to color ink. 

A cute You've Been Booed printable with a ghost and cat in ghost costume. Black and orange stripe border.

Black and Orange Ghosts 

These darling ghouls come with a pop of orange and black Halloween colors. 

A bright orange you've been booed printable with a cute ghost graphic.

Sweet Little Ghost 

This friendly ghost printable is perfect for younger kids. 

A cute You've been Booed printable that includes instructions and Halloween graphics.

One-Page You’ve Been Booed Printable with Instructions 

Here’s a simple one-page you’ve been booed printable that includes instructions for those who may not be familiar with this Halloween tradition. 

Final Thoughts 

In the spirit of Halloween, “You’ve Been Booed” brings people closer and adds a touch of enchantment to the season. We hope the ideas, rules, and free printables shared in this post have inspired you to embark on this heartwarming tradition. So, don your spookiest costume, gather your “Boo” packages, and let the fun begin!

You can download our free “You’ve Been Booed” printables here for the one we used on bags and here for the remaining options. Happy Halloween!

Please note that these printables are for personal use only. 

Yield: 1 bag

You've Been Booed Printable & Ideas

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $10

Here's how to create your own You've Been Booed gifts with our free printables. This is a fun Halloween craft idea or game for all ages.

A Halloween You've been booed bag on a marble kitchen counter.



  • Printer with Ink


  1. Choose your favorite "you've been booed" design by clicking the two links in the materials section. Download them to your computer.
  2. Print your design at home or at a print shop. We printed ours at 5x7" at our local Fedex Kinko's but they can be scaled up or down in size.
  3. Fill your goodie bag or basket with your treats.
  4. Attach your printable with glue, double-sided tape, or a staple. Or set the note inside.
  5. Dress up in disguise and deliver your boo bags to neighbors and friends.


Please note that these printables are for personal use only.