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The Goopy Ghost at Christmas

The orange ghost was friendly
and smiled at Santa's elf,
but the elf was very scared
and ran to save himself.
(The Goopy Ghost at Christmas)

Revive Victorian ghost story Christmas traditions and bust good ghosts with ghostly pumpkin goop in Goopy Ghost traveling fun.

Bust Good Ghosts

Anything Goes? In The Goopy Ghost at Christmas, a child wants to keep the orange “spirit”. His decorator designs for the season give Goopy some explaining to do. Santa will arrive to help.

Basic Instinct? Children bust ghosts with greater ease than adults. Children use whimsy in their fanciful, inventive lives. Adults stuck in routine drudgery may need nudges from kids in their lives.

Wide Angle? Ghost busting is more exciting when everyone participates. Enchanting souls carry messages of unity. Nobody should be left behind. Collaborative efforts build confidence for all.

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Ghostly Pumpkin Goop

Hot Property? Pumpkins harbor seeds of growth and wonder. Kids cultivate valuable theories from the seed-filled pulp. Science may prove antiquated with their discoveries. Goop is fun, too.

Dream Life? Setting out treats, then pretending to fall asleep may attract Goopy. He sticks with comfortable haunts. His unexplained mysteries and hijinks give rise to miraculous hope.

Puzzle? With cookies of his own, would Goopy leave Santa's alone? Setting out cookies in Santa shape with some in Goopy form is a test. Goop splatters on Santa's side call for separate plates.

Traveling Fun

Organic Matter? People are drawn to the ghostly world. Similarly, life beckons Goopy to continue his roam to find a pumpkin home that isn't squashed, carved, baked, or on fire.

Road Warriors? Enlightened by his trip to the North Pole, Goopy has other voyages planned for fans. Much can be learned by exploring unfamiliar lifestyles, opportunities, and places.

Golden Hour? It is good to start early in quests for life missions. With each successful adventure, explorers build stronger foundations. Strength comes with awareness and knowledge.

Family with children in the evening on camping near campfire

Victorian Ghost Story

Are Ghosts Like Santa Claus? They may come when no one is watching. Every day is a hoot with these household minions. They hold treasured places for immediate occupancy in our world.

Gather Together? Historically, Christmas featured fireside ghost stories. To help revive this storytelling tradition, here is a brief reading from The Goopy Ghost at Christmas by the author.

Winter? Frigid temperatures and long nights invite warm gatherings. Folks won't get goosebumps or act afraid of Goopy. However, the dog may be a better performer than the reader.

Goopy’s Nice and Messy

Ghost Storytelling:

This is a brief reading from The Goopy Ghost at Christmas by V. R. Duin.

Goopy wandered down a hall
that was dark, plain, and dreary,
so, the ghost began adding things
to make it bright and cheery.

Lilly watched from her bed as
that orange ghost used its goo
to paste ornaments on the wall
so they stuck like with glue!

Back and forth went Goopy
admiring its new art,
with dancing and gliding steps
that showed a happy heart.

“These are some of the miracles of Christmas seen through a child and a wee ghost. There also is a dog in the story. Goopy hugs everyone.”