The Goopy Ghost at Valentine's Day
July 2017 by V. R. Duin


The message passed to Mercury,
Whose winged helmet and feet
Carried him far beyond the stars,
A messenger most elite!
(“The Goopy Ghost at Valentine's Day”)

Make up scary campfire ghost stories, embellish an existing one or, when children are present, add new twists to create funny ghost stories told person-to-person around the campfire.

An evening gathering of friends calls for funny or scary campfire ghost stories to pull people closer. As night falls, the air fills with smoke, sparks and unrecognized sounds. When children are present, telling funny ghost stories around the campfire should tame wild imaginations. Hints of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers and spiders heighten awareness of the descending darkness. Could these instead be ghosts that are closing in around the campfire? The campfire season truly belongs to ghosts. The white haze often associated with ghost sightings is much like campfire smoke.

Every ghost story should come with s'mores and a cup of hot chocolate. Whether scary or funny, campfire ghost stories help people escape the uncomfortable darkness of a wild place. A ghost story draws attention to another place, where there may not be any poisonous snakes or any intrusions of bears, coyotes, panthers and wolves. The weather, the time of year and the people around the campfire can affect the mood of these stories. Telling a ghost story is a tradition that fascinates people of all ages. Spark the imaginations of future generations with ideas from the Goopy Ghost.

The Goopy Ghost likes funny ghost stories for children that are not too scary. These stories can be fascinating for everyone. Think Casper the Friendly Ghost, think The Great Pumpkin, think wildly imaginative and slightly spooky, think big fun for your little one on a wild escape from the routine. In the still of the darkest of nights, a ghost should be ghoulish and greedy. A ghost story told around the campfire does not need a moral, but it can have one. It may frighten just a little. A children's campfire ghost story should be as filled with humor and whimsy as it is with ghoul and fright. A gooey little ghost should come with an especially big heart.

A children's ghost story can be downright funny! What would the Goopy Ghost do when faced with a wild animal? What would happen if this droopy, goopy, orange form were to transform into a wild animal? Animals of Goop's flaming orange color include baboons, crabs, fish and gila monsters. In less than a second, octopuses can turn orange and change texture for storytellers. Oh, my! This ghost can change form to suit any campfire setting. Get ideas from Goopy's social media posts, this website and from the books. Be sure to read “The Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day” for additional quick-change ideas. Before the embers die out, celebrate the fun spirit of good ghost stories told around the campfire.

  • ultimatecampresource Campfire Stories

    • scary campfire ghost stories admin says:

      Make up scary campfire ghost stories with appropriate spirits for the character, mood and location of the gathering.

    • Funny Ghost Stories admin says:

      Add an animal, a moral or a touch of humor to the ghoul and fright to create funny campfire ghost stories for children.

      • around the campfireadmin says:

        Add new twists to ghost stories as the plots progress person-to-person around the campfire.