Originally, boo baskets (or boo boxes) started as a way to surprise neighbors and friends throughout October with a collection of treats left on their doorstep. Last year, boo baskets became the perfect gift for parents to give to their own kiddos who weren’t able to participate in neighborhood trick or treating or community events as a result of the pandemic.
As a new mama, this is my babe’s very first Halloween, and I’m so excited to put a boo basket together for him! It's a great way to do something festive, especially since he's too young to go trick or treating. Here are some suggestions of what to put in baby’s first boo basket:
There are a lot of great Halloween-themed books. My son loves Little Blue Truck, so I got Little Blue Truck’s Halloween. It’s a lift-the-flap board book!
I searched for healthy treats because providing nutritious snacks for my baby is really important to me. I settled on Healthy Baby Puffs in Banana & Pumpkin. They’re a melt-in-the-mouth snack and great for developing the pincer grasp.
I’m always researching each month to see what toys are developmentally appropriate for my son. He’s 9 months old, so toys that double as teethers like this ball and stacker are perfect for him.
I know a lot of people like to put Halloween-themed clothing (like pajamas) in their baskets, but I wanted pieces that could still be part of an everyday wardrobe. You can easily pair pieces like this beanie and sweatshirt to make a nod to traditional Halloween colors.
Other practical items
Why not add some goodies that you were already planning to buy? My babe has multiple teeth coming in, so I added a little toothbrush and baby toothpaste for him. I may have also been inspired to get the toothbrush as I imagined my baby eating candy on Halloween in the future and thinking about his dental health. Yep, I'm that mom.
I hope these suggestions help, and inspire you to create a boo basket for your own babe!