Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day
December 2017 by V. R. Duin

SIGNS OF A GHOST SIGHTING

The ghost became bright, coin-sized rounds
Beneath which some rocks added pounds.
Some gold-colored spray
Improved their display.
Just wait 'til those thieves come around!
(“The Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day”)

A goopy holiday ghost rises from a holiday book series for children to help explain the signs of a ghost sighting.

Each book in the Goopy Ghost's holiday book series for children presents children with a fun ghost sighting. What are the signs of a ghost sighting? The goopy holiday ghost often appears where pumpkins are being grown or after pumpkins are put to good use in holiday celebrations. Memories of holidays and ghost sightings linger. Communications with a ghost often come through the observer's interpretation of clues, signs, symbols and hints. A pumpkin goop trail is a favorite sign of a visit from the Goopy Ghost. Observers are sure to form opinions about the qualities of this ghost, many of which may come from suggestions by others. In any event, ghosts are a subject that launches children and adults into fun discussion.

Holidays and ghosts may appear differently from culture to culture and continent to continent. Observers' beliefs influence their interpretations of signs of any ghost sighting. Ghosts and Holidays change place-to-place and year-to-year. In Goopy's holiday book series for children, pumpkins that are squashed, baked and carved lend a subtle contemporary flair, a bright new spirit and a bit of mischief to hallowed traditions. Sightings of this goopy holiday ghost may give rise to some discussion about why ghosts do the fun things that are blamed on them. The spirit of this friendly, giving ghost is not unlike the cast of traditional characters that grace our holidays, Santa included!

Ghosts are much studied, but little understood. Often observers seem to construct ghostly activity from coincidence, premonition or supernatural intelligence. In our minds, a collection of ghost sightings makes for a very real fantasy. As ghost sightings take hold, ghosts often appear to be experimenting with a new dimension that is not in keeping with their past reality. Holidays and ghosts may be misunderstood. After reading The Goopy Ghost at Christmas, children may ask if the goopy holiday ghost lived in a place or at a time in which no Christmas trees were growing or glowing inside homes? Ghosts may leave behind some hints of their past lives in signs of a ghost sighting. This is the case in some of the tales in Goopy's holiday book series for children.

The goal of this ghost is to inject new fun into every occasion. Goopy encourages children and adults to go beyond the mundane and explore the imaginative excitement of a ghost sighting. Projection of oneself into a mysterious world builds courage, intelligence and analytic skills. Ghost activities are full of contradictions. Holidays and ghosts may create excitement. As with presents under the Christmas tree, sometimes Goopy gives and sometimes this ghost takes. The readings of this ghost's activities beg for critical evaluation. Many questions are raised with the subtle signs of each ghost sighting experienced by children in this holiday book series for children.

Why did all of the children's candy disappear after the goopy holiday ghost found its pumpkin home in flames on Halloween? Why did Santa's cookies disappear? Why didn't the milk go away, too? Why would the goopy holiday ghost stick ornaments on walls with its goopy goop? Holidays and ghosts may create confusion. When decorations move around overnight, will this mischief be interpreted as signs of a ghost sighting? Goopy is rapidly becoming a favorite holiday minion in many households. He tries to help out, whenever and wherever he can. Certainly, his interesting ghost activities and hijinks are perfect material for a holiday book series for children. Ghostly capers never get old, so ghosts have a solid place in our world.

The unknown nature of a ghost sighting is exciting! Things like gold suddenly jumping out of its pot also may serve to strengthen a belief in the power of the supernatural over science. The Goopy Ghost holiday book series for children may create some agreement about how this goopy holiday ghost formed and why it is here. Holidays and ghosts may have unexplained powers. We learn that Goopy is a pumpkin ghost. The unexplainable signs of a ghost sighting may raise new questions. The signs of a ghost sighting may exercise an influence on emotions and beliefs that drives further study. In “The Goopy Ghost at Valentine's Day”, readers may wonder if Cupid had anything to do with Goopy's initial appearance among people. Did Cupid make Goopy, too?

Other questions also may be raised. Can animals be ghosts? How about the barking dog in “The Goopy Ghost at Christmas”? Was it real? What else could be out there? To see unexplained shadows from the corner of one's eye is an eerie phenomenon that often takes on a life of its own. Holidays and ghosts may feel overwhelming. Ghost sightings encourage observers to analyze and form conclusions about the experience. Imagine watching something huge crash into your living room. Is it a thing? Is it a person? Is it a ghost? The signs of a ghost sighting in Goopy's holiday book series for children cannot be the mere pranks of a child, can they? Who wants to hide, while watching and waiting to learn more?

The goopy holiday ghost very well may hide, too. Together, children can learn a lot from the signs of the many different ghost sightings in Goopy's holiday book series for children. Is it really possible to turn goop into gold? Is it possible for a ghostly being to party with leprechauns?Holidays and ghosts may create drama. Why did the dog bark at something nobody else can see? Did the dog cower, before leaving the site of Goopy's new haunt? What would a cat do as this droopy, goopy holiday ghost wanders into its next haunt?When you become his next host, how will you react? The theories and hypotheses that surround ghosts are so dramatic and convincing, they spur cognitive processes and constructive deliberation.

Over time, many people witness twinkling lights, filmy mists, goopy goo or unexplained moving shapes. If the shape is human in form, it is likely to be wrapped in sheets or wearing clothing of the period in which it lived. A gentleman ghost may doff his hat. A lady ghost may curtsy and pull aside her skirt. If the person is known to the observer, the clothing and the mannerisms of the ghost may be familiar. Holidays and ghosts may have uniting forces. Are these ghosts attempting to communicate? Will the fortunate observers believe they are witnessing the signs of a ghost sighting? The goopy holiday ghost wants everyone to believe in the magic of each delightful ghost sighting in this holiday book series for children. This goopy, droopy, orange ghost is pretty sure that, once you discover him, your children will not let you send him back.

Ghost Sighting Comments

  • Signs of a Ghost admin says:

    The Goopy Ghost teaches children to accept some signs of a ghost sighting and experiment with this reality.

  • holiday book series for children admin says:

    After reading this holiday book series for children, buying a different kind of treats might keep other ghosts away.

    • ghost sightingadmin says:

      There's no need to find your pets and assure them a goopy holiday ghost sighting is a good thing, because they will know this to be true.