Once upon a school night dreary, as I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a volume of my daughter’s school book chores,
While I tried, with waning patience, to help her learn, I heard the cadence
Of the doorbell gently ringing, ringing at the downstairs door
“Must be teenagers,” I muttered, “ringing at the downstairs door —
“Just some kids, and nothing more.”
I don’t know who rang the doorbell just after dark last night, because they rang and ran, but they left behind a pumpkin-shaped tin filled with Halloween candy, and a note:
“You’ve Been BOO-ed.”
Beneath that was a poem, explaining what this Halloween trick was about:
The phantom ghost has come to town
To leave some goodies… I see you’ve found.
If you wish to make this a happier fall…
Continue this greeting, this phantom call….
The note, downloaded from a website called beenbooed.com, included a sign to put in our window, telling other potential phantom ghosts that we’d already been booed, and encouraged us to leave an anonymous treat on the front porches of 2 more neighbors.
Thing 1 and Thing 2 started speculating about which of their friends might have left the candy on the porch and deciding which of their friends to target tonight.
I don’t know who started this tradition, but it’s gone national. According to beenbooed.com, the most popular “booing” states are California and Texas, while the least popular is South Dakota.
Our state is somewhere in the middle of the list, but Thing 1 and Thing 2 were so excited by the mystery of who left the candy on our porch and the fun of deciding which of their friends to prank that they might push our state into the Top 10 all by themselves.