No Need to Cancel Halloween, Make Boo Baskets!


Fall is officially here, and I know a lot of us have started to think about what Halloween might look like. Some of you will decide to forgo trick-or-treating events like my family.

So, what’s a mom to do? 

In deciding how we wanted to celebrate with our three-year-old, I immediately started thinking of something like an Easter basket. That’s when I learned about Boo Baskets.

I had no idea Boo Baskets even existed, but I think they are a great idea for several reasons.

One, you can work with any budget you want, which is especially awesome if you’re making more than one basket. Two, they’re a great way to gift your kiddo some of their favorite items, especially those seasonal favorites. Lastly, this is a wonderful way to get creative and support your favorite online small shops or local spots. I got a super cute Halloween tub from Amazon, though any little trick-or-treating bucket would work, and filled it with some awesome goodies. 

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Here are the goodies I put in our Boo Basket:

Reusable Snack Bag: We use these for so many things! Snacks, headphones, small toys, traveling, art supplies, and more. I’m filling them up with our favorite treats for our Boo Basket. 

Treats: It’s Halloween, so I feel like treats are a necessity! Candy, cookies, gummies… all the good stuff! To prevent a total sugar crash though we’ll include some Halloween themed chips or crackers and maybe even a ghostly cheese stick or two. 

Dollar Spot Goodies: There’s still time to hit up your favorite local dollar spot and load up on little goodies! I grabbed all of ours from the Target Dollar Spot and ended up with stickers and a couple of light-up toys. These are always the cheapest part of my baskets and often the biggest hit!

Halloween Themed Books: I’m a sucker for a themed book! Holidays, seasons, life events … I’m all in. So, every year I buy AT LEAST one Halloween book (not going to lie, I’ve already bought two this year). I always try to include a bilingual book if I can, so this one was perfect! This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_2787.jpg

Art Supplies: Check Michaels, Hobby Lobby, any Dollar Store, and the Dollar Spot at Target. They’ll have tons of perfectly themed crafts for all age groups. This will be a great way to keep kiddos busy in lieu of trick-or-treating. 

Halloween Themed PJ’s: If you haven’t gotten them yet, don’t panic! It’s not too late. Many stores still have them in stock and some of them are marked down. As much as I love themed books, I love themed (and matching) pajamas just as much! You’ll want the pajamas for the next part… 

Halloween Movie: Once the crafts are done it’s time to slip into your Halloween pajamas, grab your treats, and turn on a movie. All the major streaming services have quite a few options and there are even some great toddler safe Halloween movie options too. Snuggle up and close out the evening with some quiet and spooky family time. 

However, you decide to celebrate, stay safe! What else would you add to your basket?

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Carey Shofner
Originally from Indiana, Carey moved to South Carolina in 2009. She and her husband, Brett, met during college at USC and now reside in Forest Acres. She is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom to two wonderful boys. After struggling with infertility for years, their son, Milo, joined their family in November of 2017 through domestic adoption. In March of 2020 baby River joined the family via embryo adoption. In addition to being a SAHM, Carey works in Social Media Management, is a babywearing educator, and a postpartum doula. She enjoys writing, iced coffee, road trips, and connecting with other mamas online. Her passions include adoption ethics and education, infertility, mental health advocacy, plus size life, and social justice issues. You can follow Carey’s motherhood journey and more on Instagram at MessyAsAMother.


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