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Our furry friends want to celebrate Halloween too! BOO It Forward with this DIY Cat Trick Or Treat Bucket!
I’m so excited that October is here! Even though the Halloween decor started going up in the stores ages ago, I don’t feel like Halloween is really here until October 1st. That’s when we start pulling out the decor (though I’ve been a little slow this year), planning our costumes and putting together our BOO kits. Don’t know what a BOO Kit is? Basically it’s a basket of fun Halloween goodies and treats that you secretly leave at a neighbor’s door, a co-workers desk or even outside a teacher’s classroom. Then that person can “BOO it forward” and create a new BOO basket for someone else.
While we plan to do a traditional BOO kit next week, we decided to start with something a little different. Since my girls both adopted new kittens over the summer (and luckily the thrill hasn’t worn off), we thought a DIY cat trick or treat bucket would be fun. We have a friend who loves cats almost as much as we do so we took off to Walmart to get our supplies.
Of course, the first thing we’d need for our basket was cat treats. Since our own kittens love Temptations® treats, we grabbed a bag of the Temptations® Classic Treats For Cats Tasty Chicken Flavor and Temptations® Classic Treats For Cats Savory Salmon Flavor. While we were in the cat food aisle, we spied the SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS Chicken Paté. I know from experience that cats love this stuff because ours can’t get enough of it so we threw a few of those in the basket too.
I love Walmart because I always know they’ll have everything I need! We picked up a Halloween bucket, craft supplies and the rest of our supplies, then went straight home to get started! The first order of business was to turn our jack-o-lantern into a cute Halloween kitten. I started with the ears by cutting pink and black craft foam into triangles and gluing them together. Then I used my handy dandy hot glue gun to attach them.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a cat without whiskers! I still had plenty of black foam left over so I cut six thin strips and glued them around the nose.
Finally, our cat needed a tail. Originally I’d picked up a regular cat tail from the costume section but then I saw this silly headband and thought it would be more fun. The pink and black matched perfectly so I twisted them together, added some hot glue at each end, then glued it to the Halloween bucket.
Since we were making this basket for a cat, we definitely needed to include some kind of cat toy. There’s no need to get extravagant because cats couldn’t care less if it’s fancy or not…you can toss a crumbled piece of paper across the room and they’ll play with it for an hour! I bought a wooden dowel in the craft department and painted it pink (have you figured out what my favorite color is yet?). After tying one end of the string to the end of the dowel and the other end to a white pom pom, I made some ears, eyes and a nose using the leftover craft foam.
Cat owners appreciate a good treat too so we thought we’d include something our human friend would enjoy. I love these American Greetings® treat bags because I’m a little obsessed with candy corn these days. They were perfect for my candy corn sugar cookies! Plus, I needed this American Greetings® tissue paper to line the bucket.
Now it was time to put it all together.
We were missing one very important thing though. When you BOO someone, you have to include the all important “You’ve been BOO’ED” card. That way the lucky recipient (or in this case, the lucky recipient’s owner), knows what to do next. It’s easy…make a BOO bundle, deliver it and encourage that person to BOO it forward.
Tuck it into your basket and you’re ready to deliver.
I put it by the front door and in the short time that I walked away to find some shoes, the BOO kit found a couple of admirers. Amelia looked a little annoyed that it wasn’t for her!
Later I heard her purring during a catnap and I’m pretty sure she was dreaming about these treats!
Do you have an animal lover in your life? What would you put in their BOO kit?