My sister came home to find an extensive gift basket filled with Halloween goodies on her porch – she had “been Boo-ed.” It’s a version of Secret Santa but for Halloween where neighbors anonymously deliver treats to other neighbors without getting caught. Those who have been visited post a ghost in the window so the next “phantom” knows to leave their basket at another house.

For me, it was one more sign that Halloween is taking on a life of its own. Not only is “getting Boo-ed”  happening in many communities, but there are a plethora of themed items to fill the basket that is delivered. Everywhere you go, there are more and more Halloween decorations, candies, accessories and gift items. It is becoming a major holiday on its own.

So, if you have caught the orange and black spirit and want to start a fun tradition in your neighborhood, leave someone a Boo Basket this weekend. It’s like mystery trick-or-treat for grown-ups and a fun surprise to find on your doorstep.

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About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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