The Goopy Ghost at Valentine's Day
July 2018 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 funny ghost stories into scary ghost stories to tell at a campfire. Bend silly campfire ghost stories to add a moral. Scare up ghoul and fright. Kick off a season of campfire ghost stories for kids and adults.

Fear heightens closeness. Campfire ghost stories for adults and children strengthen bonding and awareness of smoke, sparks, bugs and strange sounds in the shadows. The campfire season belongs to ghosts.

Scary ghost stories push folks together for safety. Bonfires and costumes from Celtic traditions likely kindled the spirit of Halloween. Listeners cry in terror or scream hysterically with the art of the scream.

Stories glow through darkness in a remote, wild place. Weak canvas tents and open fire pits make captivating backgrounds. Creeping, crawling and poking touches of apparitions are not limited to Fall or Halloween.

Stories to tell at a campfire are free. No costumes, music or specialty decorations are required. From haze and ashes, storytellers draw ghostly visions. Ghosts need no invitation to join the free-for-all fun.

Funny ghost stories prompt everyone to ask for “some more”. This outdoor treat acquired its name by popular request. Ingredients are simple for campgrounds or backyards. Here is a S'mores Recipe.

Marshmallows take on interesting shapes. They melt chocolate into sticky messes on graham crackers and clothes. Some parents are disturbed by the sugar rush. Kids complain about icky and bland low-sugar spin offs.

Stories collect no complaints at campfire gatherings. Adults relive childhoods. Kids gain exposure to feel-good activities. Campfire ghost stories for adults and kids are easy and fun to plan.

Campfire ghost stories for kids and adults are ageless. Storytelling offers an opportunity for an adrenaline rush, without risks or challenges of physical danger. Words deliver no physical contact.

Fun fright nights can be created around a circus of themes. The limits of grossness, fright and horror need not be reached. Stories work for listeners of all ages. A fantastical story may frighten just a little.

Scary ghost stories awaken a healthy “fight or flight” reflex. They raise alertness and prepare defenses. The protective skills evolving from campfire ghost stories might be needed at a future time.

Silly campfire ghost stories boost creativity. Good, creepy fun can be guided by parental discretion. Stories tame the wildest imaginations. Before the lights go out, silliness calms the tone of scares and adds enchantment.

Campfire stories have been handed down through the ages. They preserve tradition and spark imaginations. Tales of creepy haunts and eerie appearances can be made spooky for scream-seekers or funny for children.

Add life to parties with fun ideas from the Goopy Ghost. Shed goop in creative, new places. Twist his fascinating productions for the weather, time of year and people present. Everyone will want a part.

Parental caution, guidance and accompaniment are not required. The Motion Picture Association of American Film Rating System would not rate wildly imaginative, goopy fun as PG-13 or R.

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

Ghost stories come naturally. Wee sprites should have big hearts. Throw in rhyming verse. “The Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day” is written entirely in Irish limerick verse.

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

Dress for the occasion. Storytellers can wear warm, fuzzy clothing or get down to basics. Camping has no manias or trends. Goopy's quick-change ideas suit forests, mountains, deserts, jungles or beaches.

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

Fire up nature-inspired storytelling. Form and reform animal spirits. Change their colors and textures like octopuses. The options are fabulous for ghost stories to tell at a campfire. Throw in calls of the wild.

Ghost stories belong around the campfire. They fashion special events for rustic outings. Use appropriate spirits for the character, mood and location of gatherings. Let plots progress person-to-person.

Storytellers may come up with Halloween costume ideas. Create buzz and magic for this celebration some folks love to hate. Storytelling fills in the space between scares, parties and parades around the neighborhood.