How To Make a BOO Kit In a Book

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How to Make a BOO Kit In a Book

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and now that I’m a parent the excitement of the season has magnified. I get a kick out of helping the kids create costumes, decorate the house, tell scary stories, and make memories. One new tradition we’re starting this year is making a BOO Kit in a Book for our local librarians. The first step in this adventure is heading to the BOO It Forward page on for all our BOO’ing needs!

Know a booklover? This is a great Halloween gift idea. It's a BOO kit in a Book!

Making a BOO kit is so easy I don’t know why we haven’t made them sooner! It’s a simple three-step process: 1. Make a BOO Bundle.  2. Secretly Deliver It.  3. BOO it Forward. For our BOO kit, we went outside the box and inside a book because every library needs an enchanted book filled with treats.

Make a BOO Bundle

Step 1: To make your BOO bundle you’re going to need to gather supplies. Walmart is a one-stop shop for everything you need to build a BOO kit this Halloween, or you can visit and have all the essentials sent directly to your home.

Shopping at @Walmart for all my Halloween BOO Kit needs! #ad

On my trip, I stopped by the card aisle and picked up tissue paper, stickers, and an adorable treat bag from American Greetings®. Then, I hit the holiday aisle and stocked up on TWIX®, Skittles®, and Starburst®.

From there, I went to the soda department and snagged some of these cute limited edition* A&W Root Beer monster cans. Have you joined iBotta yet? Right now, you can earn $1 with the purchase of any six-pack of monster cans.

Step 2: It’s time to hollow out a book. For this step you’ll need:

  • thrift store book
  • craft knife
  • ruler & pencil
  • decoupage medium & sponge brush

Every time I’ve seen a hollowed out book it resembles a box and well, that’s not what I wanted. I was looking to give the impression the monsters and treats were coming out of the middle of the book. So that’s where I started. I opened it to the middle and decoupaged the pages together.

Decoupage the pages together to make a hollowed out book.

While the book was drying I went ahead and marked out the middle of the page as a reference guide. Then I used the craft knife to begin the task of cutting and removing the pages.

A ruler makes it easier to figure out what part of the book to hollow out.

Guys, I used a really old book. This seemed like a good idea at first because the cover was so worn it had a sinister look. However, the pages were so old they crumbled when I went to take them out making the job much more laborious than need be. When you make your BOO kit book I recommend getting a book printed in the last century.

Don't hollow out an older book, it will turn into a mess!

Step 3: Now that we have our book and our fillings we need to start assembling. This is the most fun part of the entire project!

Double sided tape makes it easy to decorate your gift baskets!

You can leave the book flat or have it half opened, which is what I did. A little hot glue was all I needed to attach the book to the cute little pumpkin gift bag, so it appears to be coming open.  Now start filling it to the brim with all the treats. Double sided tape also helps attach the individual candy packages to the outside of the kit.

The American Greetings® tissue paper included instructions for creating tissue tassels so I made many of them to fill in any gaps. (I might have also enjoyed some Skittles®.)

Tissue Paper tassels are a great way to decorate any gift basket.

No BOO kit is complete without a You’ve Been BOO’d card which you can print directly from

A BOO kit in a Book! Perfect for bibliophiles this Halloween.

Now that you’ve made your BOO kit all that’s left to do is make a special delivery and BOO it forward! I really hope our librarians get a kick out of our BOO Kit in a Book!

Here’s an extra surprise for you; see the monster on the can above? It comes to life and interacts with the monsters on other cans as part of an augmented reality experience. Visit and learn how to activate your experience today!

Make your BOO Kit unique - put it in a book!

Before you go, get entered into the BOO It Forward Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 Walmart Gift Card!


*Find these limited edition cans in-store at your local Walmart.


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