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What Is a Boo Basket on TikTok? How to Make One

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Boo baskets are the latest trend taking over TikTok, and many people want to know what they are and how to make one for themselves.

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The Gist:

  • Boo baskets are now trending on TikTok as users show off their contents to one another.
  • The baskets are like Easter baskets but for Halloween, and their contents vary wildly from person to person.
  • Now that the gifts are all over TikTok, they’re becoming more and more common both on social media and in the real world.

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Now that we’re firmly in October, TikTok users are finding new ways to celebrate the season. While pumpkin spice is a perennial favorite, there are also plenty of spooky trends that show up every season timed to Halloween. Some of those trends, like showing off your costume or decorations, happen every year, but this year, TikTok has introduced us to a totally new trend that’s taking over the platform.

If you’ve heard of boo baskets or seen people referring to them on TikTok, you might be confused. The term is pretty new, and is definitely timed to the many rituals of the fall season.

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A basket with a red lining.
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What is a boo basket on TikTok?

The easiest way to think of a boo basket is as the fall equivalent of an Easter basket. They’re baskets filled with fall goodies that you can give to friends, family, neighbors, or your significant other. Once someone has been “boo’d,” it’s their responsibility to keep it going by getting a basket ready for someone else.

More recently, as the trend has continued to develop on TikTok, an entire new genre of videos has emerged that are specifically about gifting one to your partner.

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These videos typically involve one member of the relationship showing off all of the items they got for their basket, and offering a short explanation of why they’re perfect for their partner. There are some standard items timed for the fall, whether they’re coffee or candy, but there are also some more customized options that individuals have included either as inside jokes or because they’re a particular favorite of their partner.

Here’s how you can make a boo basket.

Making a boo basket is thankfully relatively straightforward. First, find a basket that you think will work well for your partner. Don’t overthink it, though, as the basket is just the beginning of your gift. From there, you’ll need to fill the basket with various items that work for your partner. These could be everything from small gifts to gift cards to food, as long as they make sense for your partner.

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You could gift a candle, some PJs, a nice blanket, really anything you think would be good. The specifics matter less than the general thought behind the gifts, which will have to differ from person to person.

Once you’ve got all of your items, all you need to do is deliver it to your partner and see how they react.

It’s a nice opportunity for a gift, but don’t overdo it. With the holiday season fast approaching, there will be plenty of time for more gift giving.

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Where Is the Cast Now? Let’s Catch Up

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Lifetime’s ‘Escaping Polygamy’ has featured several women who’ve left the notorious Kingston Clan polygamous cult — here’s what they’re up to now.

The Cast of ‘Escaping Polygamy” — Where Are They Now?
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The Gist:

  • Lifetime’s Escaping Polygamy details the struggles several women have had in leaving forced/coerced marriages during their time in the Kingston Clan religious cult.
  • Many of the women were pressured into incestuous marriages.
  • Several of them are now advocates for helping other women leave similar situations.

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The Lifetime series Escaping Polygamy follows the lives of three sisters — Andrea, Shanell, and Jessica — as they navigate life outside of the Kingston Clan (also referred to as the Latter Day Church of Christ or The Order). The show details how the women were able to extricate themselves from their former lifestyles and features them reflecting on their pasts as they work to free others from the group. So where are they now?

‘Escaping Polygamy’ — where are Andrea, Shanell, Jessica, and the rest of the cast now?

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The Cast of ‘Escaping Polygamy” — Where Are They Now?
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Amanda Rae Grant, who was featured on ‘Escaping Polygamy’ uploads a selfie she used in promoting a video post about the cult she left as a teen.

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Andrea Brewer

Upon leaving the Kingston Clan, Andrea studied law at the University of Washington and is an attorney who is dedicated to helping other women leave the lifestyle that she herself was able to free herself from. She continues to dedicate her efforts to running Hope After Polygamy and is an active advocate for women who are in the same situation she was once mired in.

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Jessica Christensen

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Shanell Snow

While Shanell’s Instagram is currently set to private, she says that she is “happily married” and is a “proud mom” after leaving a marriage to one of her “verbally and physically abusive” first cousins she was coerced into having at just 18 years of age. She’s featured several interviews with her brother online, and like Jessica and Andrea, also advocates for Hope After Polygamy. She continues to spread awareness on child marriages in America on X.

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Kollene Snow

Featured in six episodes of Escaping Polygamy toward the end of the show’s run, Kollene got married to her second cousin at just 16 years of age and when her husband said he wanted more wives, she tried to get him to leave the religion with her. He declined, but she went on her way to become a successful makeup artist while advocating for other women to leave The Order and religious groups like it.

In a recent post she listed that she’s teaching Yoga at a local gym, and she shows off various modeling looks on her social media as well.

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Ava/Michelle

Distractify has previously covered Ava’s difficult road to emancipation — the young woman made her decision to leave her family at just 17 years of age. A bright student who was years ahead of her peers, Ava was being pressured from just 8 years old to marry her cousin. Hope After Polygamy helped in extricating her from her situation, and shortly after being emancipated she earned her associate’s degree at just 18 years old.

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Amanda Rae Grant

Amanda recently went in depth about her experiences with The Order and how she was able to free herself from the group when she was just a teenager. Now she’s currently involved in a massive lawsuit along with other women accusing members of the church for forcing them and others into marriages. The suit “also alleges the children are forced to work unpaid for Order-owned businesses, which it claims violates child labor laws,” as Wonderwall reports.

She posts regularly about her struggles in leaving the cult and has dedicated her life to advocating for other women to escape.

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Aluminum Foil Apparently Costs 14 Dollars Now

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When someone shares how they saw $14 aluminum foil in the supermarket, people are appalled at the level of inflation, easily beyond 4 to 8%.

Sometimes, we watch TikTok videos to learn about different people’s opinions or see incredible talent. Other times, we hate watch videos that make us angry at capitalism, such as TikToker Deflina’s video in which she finds a roll of Reynold’s Wrap aluminum foil for $14. While we don’t know exactly where Delfina is, we know enough to know that that’s way too much to pay for foil.

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As she shares her shock with the world, people quickly empathize and share how they avoided the inflation. But even still, we can’t help but feel the pain of inflation in our bank accounts. Maybe Delfina will be okay, but many people won’t be. Aluminum foil isn’t the only thing that’s breaking the bank these days.

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TikToker Delfina shared a video in which she finds a $14 roll of aluminum foil in a supermarket.

In her 13-second video, Delfina simply says, “Wait, I’m sorry,” as she pans to the $14 price of aluminum foil. And that’s when it’s marked down from $15! “I guess I haven’t bought foil in a while? Aluminum foil is $14? Is this a joke or are you serious?” She’s more bewildered than she is angry and it seems like she’s not actually going to purchase the overpriced aluminum foil.

More of the issue is just that the foil is there at that price in the first place! It’s truly absurd. Whether she’s at a big brand supermarket or a local store, no foil should cost that much. I even zoomed in on the foil to see if it’s in bulk or if it’s just a regular roll, and it’s just 200 square feet, which is a normal to large size of foil.

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For reference, a 150-square-foot roll is $9.32 from Walmart, which is supposed to be a budget option. Their 225-square-foot roll is $14.16, which means that the roll Delfina found isn’t even that overpriced. But the commenters aren’t wrong to remember a time when aluminum foil was $3, probably because those $3 rolls were much smaller in size.

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Commenters agree that inflation has gone too far and point to Costco as a saving grace.

Everyone in the comments agrees that the foil Delfina found is way too expensive, even if that is the standard price nowadays for name-brand foil. Most hoped that she didn’t actually purchase it (which she didn’t confirm or deny) while others were outraged at supermarkets for hiking up prices.

Our best guess based on Delfina’s profile is that she was in a suburb or a rural area, which means that aluminum foil is probably much more expensive at supermarkets in cities like New York City or San Francisco. The fact that a normal size of aluminum foil can cost $20 nowadays feels like it’s out of some sort of dystopian novel.

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One commenter even brought up the horrors of inflation, pointing back to the days of our war-lorn great-grandparents who washed and saved their tin foil. Others pointed out that this is capitalism at its finest: bankrupt the middle and lower classes so that the wealthiest have full control over society. We’re basically already there with this seemingly 75% inflation rate!

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Many people also started listing other household items that grew in price by two or three times in the last couple of years. Olive oil, butter, deodorant, cereal, limes, toothpaste, zip-lock bags, and other basic items have all hiked up in price.

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While not all of these items are necessities, they do make our lives easier and save us time. And we’ve all heard the age-old adage that time is money, so hiking the prices of these items is once again capitalism at work.

Some commenters, however, joked that they bought bulk aluminum foil from Costco over 10 years ago, and that has lasted longer than their marriages! So I guess the moral of the story is if you’re going to walk down the aisle, you should probably say, ‘till our Costco aluminum foil runs out do us part.

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Where Are Deceased Cult Leader Amy Carlton’s Kids Now?

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Where are Amy Carlson’s kids now? The “Love Has Won” cult leader

(l-r) Amy Carlson and Cole Carlson
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The Gist:

  • Deceased cult leader Amy Carlson was the infamous organizer of the “Love Has Won” organization.
  • She was referred to as “Mother God” by her followers.
  • Amy had several actual children from three different fathers.

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If you want to be a cult leader (no, we do not actually endorse anyone becoming a cult leader), one of the most toxic traits you should have is an over-inflated ego and bloated sense of self-worth. Many known cult leaders do this by exuding more charisma and confidence than they actually have, while others are more manipulative in using the veil of mutual love and respect for their followers to earn their undying loyalty.

To that end, calling yourself the reincarnation of Jesus Christ is a good way to do that.

Amy Carlson had that technique mastered. She was the co-founder of Love Has Won (LHW), a religious movement that ran from 1971 and persisted until April 2021 when the group was dissolved following Amy’s death.

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During her time as a cult leader, Amy positioned herself as “Mother God” and convinced her followers that they were her children. However, she had three actual children in her lifetime as well. Here’s what they’re up to now.

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Deceased cult leader Amy Carlson’s kids have tried to distance themselves from her legacy.

During her cult activity, many of Amy’s followers referred to her as “Mother” or “Mom,” indicating that she exerted a maternal presence and influence on them.

That said, it’s tragically ironic that she had three actual kids of her own. According to several reports from sources like Business Insider, Amy had three children by three different fathers in three separate marriages by the time she was in her early 20s. According to her own mother, Linda Haythorne, she never held that maternal instinct for them.

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Her children came in the form of eldest son Cole Carlson, daughter Madi, and a third unnamed son. Only Cole has previously come forward about what it was like to have Amy as a mother, and their relationship was complicated, to say the least.

In an interview with BBC, Cole revealed that she had abandoned him when she was 12 in order to start up her cult activity. Despite this, he still loved his mother deeply.

“She wasn’t the best mother even when she was around, but I loved her to death,” he stated.

Other than that, he’s led a relatively normal life. As of 2021, Cole is based in Portland, Ore., and studies biology.

Upon hearing news of his mother’s death and subsequent mummification, he has been outspoken against the splintered cult’s continued activity in her name.

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“It makes me mad and I really don’t want to see this work continued, especially with [my mother’s] name attached or in her honor,” he proclaimed in an interview with KDVR.

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As for Madi, The Cinemaholic reports that she has a Master’s degree in social work and is currently based in Georgia. While she’s been less vocal about her mother’s cult status, she has tried to distance herself from her mother’s reputation.

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You can learn more about Amy Carlson in Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God, a docuseries streaming on MAX.

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