A few years ago when my kids were old enough to have friends and be social we started to participate in neighborhood treats each season. Every holiday, we take turns leaving “mystery treats” at different friends houses and then returning the treats to others and so on and so on. It’s such a fun way to spread the holiday love and the kids think it’s SO exciting to get that mystery treat and then love repaying the tradition to someone else! The fun thing about this is that they can be small and cost very little.
The rules for these are very simple:
1) plan a cute “mystery” treat for 2 or 3 friends
2) Get ready to pass them out right as the sun is beginning to set
3) leave them at your neighbors front door, ring the doorbell and run away!
4) Then later, if you have received one of these, it’s your turn to pick 2 or 3 people and do it again!
Want to start one of these traditions in your neighborhood?? Here are some ideas to get you started! Remember, you can pick people you know (which your kids will LOVE) but also it’s fun to pick someone that maybe you don’t really know- maybe you’ll make some new friends along the way too!
This is the original neighbor game, being Booed! We were booed A LOT last year and it was SO much fun! This is a great one that you can print out from Happiness is Homemade, head to her site HERE and print out some this October to start the Booed tradition in your neighborhood!
How about spreading the “thankful” love during Thanksgiving time?? Have you kids draw handprint turkeys that say “We are thankful for you!” on them and pass out a little bag of treats to some people YOU are thankful for! Not only will kids love getting and receiving treats, but it teaches them about expressing gratitude as well. Or if you are feeling really crafty, try making a little turkey like this from Clean and Scentsible instead!
Spread the holiday cheer by “elf-ing” or “jingling” your neighbors! Check out these cute printables or just create one yourself and attach it to a few candy canes or a holiday pencils!
Organized Home has this cute printout and other versions too.
Or this cute door hanger from Mother’s Niche is a great version too!
This Valentine’s Day, why not give your neighbors a heart attack- but the good kind! 🙂 Cut out some paper hearts and have your kids write nice messages or pictures on them and decorate you neighbors door in surprise! Check out Happy Home Fairy for this idea and other neat ones.
You get the theme now, I am sure…so for easter, why not “egg” some of your friends!! Print out some “you’ve been egged” printables and either leave one treat by the door, or for even more fun, fill up a few plastic eggs and hide them in your neighbors yard for the kids to find! Make sure you write on back how many eggs you hid 😉 Here is a super cute one from Crafted by Lindy.
St. Patrick’s Day
Spread some rainbow love to your neighbors with these cute ideas:
Print these cuties out from Simple as That
Or make some “pots of gold” like these from The Crafting Chicks!
So there you have it- fun and kid friendly neighborhood treats that you can do to spread some fun holiday cheer this year with your friends! These games are so simple and really FUN. Last year, when we were in the height of being boo-ed, egg-ed or rainbow-ed my kids would lose their minds when it was almost bedtime and the doorbell rang! They couldn’t wait to make some treats for their friends the next day.
Do you have this tradition in your neighborhood? If, not, why not be the one to start it this year!