30 Easy Halloween Boo Basket Ideas + Free Printables

Have you ever come home in the fall and seen a surprise gift waiting for you on your doorstep? If you have, chances are, you just received a Boo Basket from a friend or neighbor. Much like coming home and finding a bouquet of flowers from a secret admirer, receiving a Boo Basket is sure to bring a smile to your face, and will instantly get you in the Halloween spirit. 

What is a Halloween Boo Basket?

Boo Baskets are a fun seasonal tradition; similar to an Easter basket, it’s a container filled with candy, trinkets, small gifts or other fun items to surprise the special people in your life. Once made, it’s tradition to leave the basket on the doorstep of the recipient with a note saying, “You’ve Been Booed,” along with directions on how to pass along the timely tradition. 

Because these baskets are so customizable, you can create a unique Boo Basket for virtually anyone in your life: neighbors, friends, significant others, children…the options are endless. Make it as simple or as elaborate as you wish; this can be used as an alternative to trick-or-treating or can be added to your existing Halloween traditions for years to come.

How to Make a Boo Basket

The great thing about Boo Baskets is that there’s no right or wrong way to make them; how you choose to create them is totally up to you. You can choose to follow a specific theme or create a random basket filled with all of the recipient’s favorite items. Remember to have fun with the process and get creative! 

1: Source Your Materials: What Should You Include?

While there are many possible ways to make the perfect Boo Basket, there are a few common items you’ll want to have on hand before you start. Remember that there is no specific cost you need to spend; these items can be as inexpensive or as lavish as you want them to be. These items can include:

  • A base: basket, pail, gift bag or other container to hold the gifts
  • Treats: these can be store-bought or homemade
  • Decorations: paper shreds, stickers, tissue paper, webs, silly string
  • Small games or trinkets 
  • Theme-specific items 
  • Boo Basket printables 

2: Find Your Base

The first step in creating your perfect Boo Basket is to find a container that will hold all of the goodies. This does not need to be elaborate or expensive; you can choose something like a plastic bin, pumpkin or pail from your local discount store, or you can even choose to decorate a fun gift bag. For an exceptionally spooky basket idea, you can instead choose a plastic black witch’s cauldron or plastic skull as your base.  

3: Have Fun Decorating

Perhaps the most fun part of creating your giftable Boo Basket is the decorating process. Depending on the theme that you choose, you can create a spooky, fun or even fancy basket to gift. 

Try decorating your basket with tissue paper to give it a festive look, or add fake spider webs and silly string for a more whimsical appearance. Feel free to tape some Halloween quotes on your base to really get your giftee in the mood for All Hallows’ Eve, and don’t forget to add the plastic spiders!

4: Fill It Up

Once you’ve decorated your basket, it’s time to fill it up with all the goodies you want to give your recipient. Remember that if you have any heavy items, these should be situated toward the bottom, and any delicate or breakable items should be more toward the top. 

Don’t forget to include the “You’ve Been Booed” printable along with the instructions on how to “boo” someone else, and plenty of Halloween candy.

5: Pass It Along

Once your Boo Basket is complete, it’s time to give it to the lucky recipient. Traditionally, these baskets are left on the front porch for your giftee to find. You can knock on the door, honk your car horn or even give them a call to tell them to come outside, where they will be surprised by their thoughtful basket. 

If you wish to remain anonymous, feel free to leave the gift basket for the giftee to see when they arrive home or next leave their house. If you’re gifting to a close friend, family member or someone else, like a teacher, you can choose to drop it off to them directly when you see them next. However you choose to deliver your special gift, the recipient is sure to appreciate it. 

Boo Basket Ideas 

With each Boo Basket you create, you may want to follow a unique theme to really surprise your recipient. Themes can be based on age, hobbies, interests or even relationship to the one being “booed.” Below are just a few Halloween basket ideas to spark your imagination: 

Eco-Friendly Basket

An eco-friendly Boo Basket is the perfect way to go for anyone in your life who is Earth-friendly, or for someone who particularly enjoys nature. This will be a fantastic way to incorporate the beauty of fall colors into your basket, and they will be sure to display this proudly among their other greenery. 

If you’re a plant lover yourself, think about creating a pumpkin succulent to put in your basket, or for a more Halloween-esque idea, try drying your own flowers. Beyond plants, you can add eco-friendly soaps and candles to tie the theme together and add homemade trail mix as a tasty fall snack. 

Some additional items to include:

  • Fall flower or pumpkin seeds
  • Collapsible coffee cup
  • Tote bag
  • Reusable straws 

fall seed packets

Spooky Boo Basket

What’s better for Halloween than a spooky Boo Basket? This is a great standard option for anyone who you might be “boo-ing”; neighbors and friends alike are sure to get into the Halloween spirit with this surprising gift. A go-to item to include in this basket would be plastic spiders and a fake spider web as a decoration, but don’t forget about some spooky-themed candy like gummy worms or other seasonal options. You can also throw in some pudding mix and crushed cookies to make the perfect dirt and worms dessert that the whole family can get involved with.

Some additional items to include:

  • Halloween bath bombs
  • Spooky home decor
  • Gift card to local Halloween attractions
  • Scary movie memorabilia

you've been booed

Family-Focused Basket

A family-focused basket is a perfect idea for any and all “boo-ees.”  For this type of Boo Basket, focus on Halloween-inspired treats and games. This is the ultimate opportunity to pass along seasonal treats or cereals and is a great way to get the whole family involved with a dessert project. For a game element, consider including a Magic 8-Ball or instructions on how to make slime. 

Some additional items to include:

  • Halloween water bottles
  • Card games
  • Popcorn
  • Movie gift cards

fall activity checklist

Pet Basket

Who said pets can’t get in on the fun of a timely Halloween basket? For the pet parent in your life, this is a great opportunity to gift them various Halloween goodies that will be sure to make their furry friends happy. 

For this theme, focus on pet treats and toys, ensuring that you’re choosing the right size for the pet. And don’t forget about the pet parent! Be sure to include items such as a mug, jewelry or a pet portrait to make their Halloween a memorable one.

Some additional items to consider:

  • Gift card to pet store
  • Trial subscription box
  • Treat container
  • Tennis balls

Teacher Basket

What better way to say “thank you” to the teacher in your child’s life than with a “boo?” This will most likely be delivered in a way different from the traditional, but will still impress nonetheless. Try adding teacher-inspired treats like candy apples for a themed touch, and maybe add a coffee gift card for all of the early mornings. Oh, and don’t forget the Halloween-themed pens and pencils! 

Some additional items to consider:

  • S’mores kit
  • Halloween coffee mug
  • Mason jar filled with gum or treats
  • Personalized tote bag

smores kit

Adult Basket

Crafting a personal Boo Basket is the perfect opportunity to show the adults in your life that you are thinking of them. Here you can include items such as seasonal beer, Halloween wine glasses and even pumpkin-flavored coffee. Don’t be afraid to add in some other seasonal favorites like candles, home decor or fall-inspired treats to add some fall flair into their day. 

Some other items to possibly include:

  • Halloween coozie beverage holder
  • Halloween dish/hand towels
  • Horror novel 
  • Apple cider + caramel vodka 

Additional Boo Basket Inspiration

Autumn is the perfect inspiration for your Boo Basket; the changing season, the chilly weather and the warmer colors all blend together to make this time of year special. Feel free to add any autumn-inspired gifts to your basket to turn up the fall flair, no matter the theme. 

boo basket moodboard

While these are just some ideas for creating the perfect Halloween Boo Basket, remember that the options are endless. Try adding some fall flowers into your basket for a nice fresh seasonal touch, or consider adding in some touches from our Halloween party ideas for a truly festive and spooky holiday season. Happy Boo-ing, and Happy Halloween!