What Are Boo Baskets? Join the TikTok Trend and Craft Your Own!

By Natalie Soldatova

When we think of Halloween, the first things that might come to our mind are pumpkins, trick or treat, dressing up in costumes, or scary movie marathons. 

Before coming to study in the United States, I had only seen Halloween celebrations and decorated houses in movies. But even though I hadn’t experienced a true Halloween season, my family and I would still decorate the outside of our front door with pumpkins and fall-themed decorations.

S, what are some of the typical Halloween decorations? You’ll most likely think of figurines of witches, skeletons, black cats, pumpkins, or ghosts. However, this year, a TikTok sensation that melds all these spooky elements into one enchanting concept has taken the internet by storm – Boo Baskets! The trend has gone viral, with the hashtag #boobasket collecting 194 million views across the platform.

Boo Baskets are a delightful way to surprise your friends or family with treats and goodies reminiscent of the Easter basket tradition. There is no specific rule on creating a Boo Basket; it all depends on the recipient’s preferences. It used to be mostly candy and sweets, but the TikTok trend took over, and baskets are now filled with more than just treats.

You can include items like drinks, stuffed animals, slippers, additional Halloween decorations, beauty products, and more in your Boo Basket.

 Creating your own Boo Basket might initially seem daunting, but in reality, it’s surprisingly straightforward. The fun part is that you can customize and decorate it however you like. 

The first step of the process is picking out what your spooky items will be presented in. Whether you opt for a simple, fall-themed colored basket or a pumpkin-shaped one, the possibilities are endless. Going above and beyond, some decorate their baskets with Halloween stickers or playful labels like “trick or treat.” And if you prefer a more straightforward approach, a charming bag can also do the trick!

The next step in creating a memorable Boo Basket is to select a theme you believe will resonate best with the recipient. Consider their interests, hobbies, or favorite treats, and tailor the basket accordingly. For example, if they’re a coffee lover, you could include a bag of their favorite coffee beans, a cozy autumn mug, and some delectable Halloween-themed snacks to enjoy with their brew.

Additionally, don’t forget the power of a heartfelt note. Including a warm message that wishes the person a Happy Halloween and expresses your gratitude for their presence in your life can add a personal touch to the Boo Basket. Your thoughtful note will undoubtedly make the Boo Basket even more special and meaningful to the lucky recipient.

The usual tradition is to leave the basket at someone’s doorstep with a note. That way, the recipient can enjoy the surprise and guess who it is from. They can also get inspired and continue the tradition by making a basket for someone else.

Oh, and remember your furry friends! You can also make a basket for your pet! I’m sure they would appreciate some extra treats or a new stuffed animal to play with. There are even Halloween-themed treats available for our beloved pets.

Ultimately, it’s not about what you put into the basket or how much you can fit in; it’s about showing someone you care about them. Boo Baskets are a wonderful way to express appreciation and celebrate the Halloween season together. Consider making Boo Baskets a bonding activity with friends or family to fully embrace the spooky season’s spirit.

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