The Goopy Ghost at Christmas
February 2017 by V. R. Duin


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”)

Ghost busting with children helps a ghost detector find goopy, ghostly goop and learn to bust ghosts like the best of ghostbusters.

The Goopy Ghost always is on the roam to find a new home that isn't squashed, carved or on fire. In each of his books, Goopy delivers holiday fun, tells ghost stories and provides ghost information for the children and ghost detectors in all of us. In Goopy Ghost stories, children tend to bust ghosts with greater ease than the adults in their storied lives. Ghosts capture the imaginations of young ones in search of whimsy and enchantment. Children take pleasure in things that are goopy, ghostly, messy and wildly fun. Ghost busting with the Goopy Ghost is a fun and imaginative learning experience for children.

While the Goopy Ghost also is welcome by the adults in most homes, ghost busting generally is a ritual performed to rid people, places and things of negative spirits. Goopy is gooey and wonderfully ghostly, but there is nothing negative about his spirit or his ghostly goop. It is anticipated that any fears of the Goopy Ghost will be debunked during any further inspections or consultations. Every ghost detector is sure to sing the praises of the darkest and most delightful aspects of the Goopy Ghost whose “Boo!” and goopy, ghostly goop are absolutely unforgettable. Of course, Goopy may not be the only ghost among people.

Ghostbusters and ghost detectors should recognize when other spirits are present for which other service providers may be needed. When a person, home, business or object appears to be possessed by evil demons or bad spirits, a concerned ghost detector may call upon a spiritual leader or a psychic to communicate with the spirits, cast out the evil and cure the effects. The medium does not have to be a pastor or priest or other enlightened and highly evolved spiritual being. However, to not anger any resident spirits, ghost busting must be done by someone who is trustworthy, mindful and skilled. Every ghost detector must be wary of false actors, false prophets and false teachers who are just putting on a show to gain influence and set the stage for abuse of power in a cult-like manner.

Goopy's ghostbusters quickly discover that the spirit of a pumpkin returns to its brightly lit home, that a goopy ghost can eat its weight in chocolates and sweets, and that a goopy ghost has more than a few tricks up its sleeve. The Goopy Ghost will leave behind a reassuring goopy, ghostly goop trail. Look for it on clothing, household items, walls and floors. It easily rinses away. The Goopy Ghost does not emit any bad energy, so he is likely to stay and stay and stay. Moreover, should the Goopy Ghost leave, children are sure to invite this delightfully sticky icky goopy, ghostly goop of a ghost to return.

A ghost detector may use items or clothing for protection from spiritual attack. Kosher salt, raw rice or holy water may clear the bad energy left by other spirits in an area. Simply asking a spirit to leave may work. Burning a sage smudge stick is said to promote wellbeing and fight evil spirits. Formal ghost busting rituals may include the ceremonious use of prayers, chants, gestures, dances, icons, amulets, incense, candles, perfumes, musical instruments, special foods, drinks and potions. Ouija boards are often used to in efforts to communicate with spirits. None of these approaches are likely to be used by a ghost detector to bust goopy, ghostly goop.

A recent Harris poll indicated that 42 percent of Americans and 52 percent of respondents believe in ghosts. The Goopy Ghost wants everyone to believe in the fun delivered by good ghosts. Every ghost detector is invited to come forth and train with the Goopy Ghost. The Goopy Ghost is on a mission to spread good energy, but is wary of fire, cold and rain. Who wants to risk being left with nothing but goopy, ghostly goop? The best of ghostbusters can help bust other fun ghosts! It is the pumpkin's spirit that always will get the last laugh.

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    • Ghost Busting admin says:

      The tradition of ghost busting needs to become as well known as trick-or-treating is today.

    • Ghost Detector admin says:

      Folks hope to become a Ghost Detector during The Hungry Ghost Festival, the most significant event of Hungry Ghost Month in China.

      • ghostbustersadmin says:

        Don't call in ghostbusters for the Goopy Ghost, unless you want a room full of the messy ghostly goop from his pumpkin origin.