Goopy Ghost brings Roman mythology gods Mercury, Cupid and Mars to Valentine's Day storytelling art, displayed at 40% of viewport width.
July 2019 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)

Turn silly stories for kids camping into funny scary campfire ghost stories. Bend ghost spirits to add a moral. Scare up ghoul and fright with horror stories adults tell at a campfire.

Funny Scary Campfire Ghost Stories

Peak Season? Campfire ghost stories for adults and children strengthen bonding. Use awareness of nightfall, smoke, sparks, bugs and sounds in the shadows. Prove impactful camp-out horror tales belong to ghosts.

Inclement Weather? Set up kids' play tents, tepees and tunnels indoors. Let inventiveness explode into eerie settings across the floor. After the party, send guests home for cozy, scare-free bedtimes.

Golden Hour? In the still of the darkest nights, phantoms can be ghoulish and greedy. Stories can fill with humor and whimsy or ghoul and fright. They can relay soft messages. Campfire celebrations keep the embers alive.

Perpetual? Bonfires and costumes from Celtic traditions likely kindled the restless Halloween spirit. Scaring Up Fun tugs folks together, heightening closeness. Crying in terror and screaming hysterically are arts of the scream.

Honorable? Christians celebrated “All Saints Day”, or “All Hallows Day” on November 1st to honor people who had gone to Heaven. Hallow means holy. It eventually evolved into Halloween.

Scorned by Some? Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate no holidays, birthdays or icons. Some Christians associate the holiday with Satanism or Paganism. Orthodox Jews hold Halloween in contempt due to its Christian origins.

Wild Country? Stories glow through darkness in remote, wild places. Weak canvas tents and open fire pits make captivating backgrounds. Creeping, crawling, poking touches are not exclusive to fall or Halloween.

Free Spirit? Stories to tell at a campfire are free. Forget disguises, music or specialty decorations. From ashes and mist, storytellers conjure up enchantment. Ghosts need no invitation to join free-for-all leisure breaks.

Right Confections? Funny scary campfire ghost stories prompt everyone to ask for s'mores. This sweet outdoor treat got its name by popular request. S'mores Recipe chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers are simple.

Sorbet Style? Roasted marshmallows melt chocolate into interesting shapes and sticky messes on graham crackers and clothes. Parents may be disturbed by the sugar rush. Kids would bemoan icky, bland, low-sugar spin offs.

Glory Daze? Stories collect no complaints at friendly gatherings. Adults relive childhoods. Kids gain exposure to the wide-open outdoors. Ghost stories around a campfire are easy and enjoyable to plan or improvise.

Culture Club? Campfire stories for kids and adults are ageless. Storytelling delivers an adrenaline rush, without risk or challenge of physical danger. Spoken words deliver no bodily contact, impact or force.

Craft Work? Fright nights can be created around a circus of themes. Limits of grossness, terror and horror need not be reached. Stories can accommodate listeners of all ages. Fantasy may be equally startling and emboldening.

Divine Intervention? Campfire horror stories awaken a healthy “fight or flight” reflex, raise alertness and hone protective skills. Gritty camping spirit, psychology and defenses may be handy for future needs.

Silly Stories for Kids Camping

Creative Class? Silly campfire ghost stories are an art. Creepy fun can be guided by parental discretion. Stories tame the wildest imaginations. Before the lights go out, silliness can calm the tone of scares.

Classics Revealed? The fiction and drama of ghostly powers are magical. They awaken possibilities, perceptions, insights and beliefs. Lives can be shaped by the potential and influence sparked by supernatural entities.

Dreamscapes? Ideas from the Goopy Ghost add life to parties. Shed goop orbs in creative, new places. Twist his fascinating goop-filled productions for the weather, time of year and people present. Everyone will want a role.

Dealer's Choice? The Motion Picture Association of American Film Rating System would not rate wildly imaginative, goopy thrills or shenanigans as PG-13 or R, requiring parental caution, guidance and accompaniment.

Color Guard? Move over Casper the Friendly Ghost and Great Pumpkin. Nothing commercial or rowdy comes with Goopy's birth from goop to ghost. Pumpkin growing and harvest bring wild escapes with seed-filled haunts.

Pure Poetry? Ghost stories come naturally. Wee sprites have big hearts and haunt for good reasons. Challenge boundaries with rhyme. The Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day is written entirely in rollicking Irish limerick verse.

Contributors? Stories handed down for generations preserve traditions, challenge conceptions and stoke artistic form. Eerie yarns of creepy haunts can be made spooky for scream-seekers or funny for kids and wisecracks.

Screen Test? Spend screen-free nights, sweeping away problems of civilization. Snug chill spaces warm to ghosts. Fire up the creative juices. Let animal spirits loose in the mini-vacation spot. Take cues from nature.

Super Natural? Nature-inspired storytelling revives animal spirits with colors and textures changing like octopuses. Options are fabulous for calls, bugles and roars of the wild in ghost stories to tell at a campfire.

Idea Lab? Funny campfire stories can be hilarious! Imagine Goopy scaring off a predator. Can he reboot as a wild animal? Animals sharing his flaming orange color include baboons, tigers, crabs, fish and Gila monsters.

Horror Stories Adults Tell at a Campfire

Maze? Stars extend from ancient mythology to modern astronomy. Stargazing punctuates ideas: spirits piloting shooting stars, coming and going from the space station or peering down from constellations.

Astronomy? Science of celestial objects, origins and evolutions has been pondered since antiquity. Comets, galaxies, moons, planets, stars and cosmic phenomenon help shed light on transient human events.

Power Play? Backyard camping can bring out scary neighbors or authorities. It is illegal to pitch a permanent tent on some properties for sleepovers. It is not illegal to stage an evening cookout around a temporary tent.

City Slickers? Kings and Sultans loaded tents with creature comforts. Elaborate, upscale tents for glamorous, luxurious glamping help withstand the elements in solid outdoor retreats with desirable amenities.

Wanderlust? Tented resorts are popping up everywhere. National parks and private campgrounds facilitate communes with nature. Tents and yurts, with circular frames, insulate modern nomads from wind and rain.

Glow-Getters? Alternative grilling may be required. Charcoal and gas open-fire grills are illegal in places. Electric grills safely smoke food in small indoor or outside spaces. Rules or laws may not be broken by using them.

Directors: Cut! Local zoning issues reach outdoors. Rustic shacks, zip lines, elevated platforms, wood-burning stoves, hidden toilets, outside showers and electric or cable hookups may not be sanctioned by law.

Anything Goes? All-occasion outfits are perfect. Storytellers can wear warm, fuzzy clothing or get down to basics. Forget manias or trends. Quick-change ideas suit forests, mountains, deserts, jungles or beaches.

Double Take? Ghost stories around the campfire fashion special events out of rustic outings. Appropriate spirits enhance the character, mood and location of the amusement. Plots buoyantly progress person-to-person.

Chain Reaction? Participants may come up with Halloween costume ideas. Tales of ghouls and specters fill time between parties and neighborhood parades, creating buzz and magic for a celebration some folks love to hate.