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December 2018 by V. R. Duin


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)

Find answers to such questions as can ghosts see themselves and what are signs of a ghost in each ghost sighting in the Goopy Ghost holiday book series for children.

Are ghosts like reflections? They may seem faded and worn in comparison to mirror images and vibrant sound waves. The orange holiday sprite throws off bright spirit and adds a contemporary flair to hallowed customs.

Are ghosts like the man in the moon? People have seen a smiling face in the moon's dark areas for ages. Spooky faces and bodies also date way back. Materializations generate talk about what makes things real.

Are ghosts like shadows? Shadowy figures may become close friends and good influences. It is fun to play with them, bend them, mold them and move them. Shadows can be safe places. They remain close.

Are ghosts like comet tails? Comet tails of gas or dust, comets and dead or dying stars may link to life. Although Goopy books are unlikely to get dusty, hobgoblins share genuine features of the living.

Are ghosts like jet trails? Called contrails, these white condensation trails stream behind aircraft day or night. The Goopy Ghost and his trailing goop remnants also glimmer around the clock.

Are ghosts like Santa? They come when nobody is watching. Every day should be a hoot with these favorite household minions. They try to help out. They have a treasured place in our world.

Are Ghosts Like Holidays?

Memories of holiday traditions and phantoms endure. Holiday highlights and presences may be subtle or bold. Businesses are built upon manifestations and experimentations with new practices and experiences.

Big Business? Like holidays, the paranormal tourist industry is huge. Hotels, homes and cemeteries strive to turn non-believers into believers. Ghost walks, haunted home tours and hunts for the extraordinary are big business.

Holidays and apparitions can feel overwhelming. It is hard decide at which Obon Festival to celebrate ancestors. The Hungry Ghost Festival opens China's ancestral afterlife to a full lunar month of celebration.

Holidays and apparitions may look different. From culture-to-culture, place-to-place and time-to-time, celebrations of incorporeal beings, skeletons and the deceased are unlikely to track those of Halloween.

Ghost holidays can be happy occasions. This is the case with Mexico's Day of the Dead in celebration of deceased love ones. The Hindu Vijayadashami celebrates the victory of good over evil.

Ghosts and holidays can be spiritual journeys. An otherworldly vision may hint at past lives to be remembered and appreciated. Everyone should feel the magic of child-friendly holiday sprites brightening the world.

Can Ghosts See Themselves?

How do they see? Do they cast twinkling lights in order to see? Can they hear themselves? Can they feel themselves? Ask them. Conversation unites. What kind of treats do they prefer?

Can ghosts change clothes? They may be dressed in sheets or clothing. A gentleman may doff his hat. A lady may gather her skirt and curtsy. Goopy changes accessories with each story. There is nothing boring about ghosts.

Do ghosts evolve with the times? Goopy may have lived at at a time when no Christmas trees glowed inside homes. Returning souls may not understand change. However, they may allow people to look back and from above.

Why do sightings generate talk? Goopy gets folks talking about true holiday meanings. Few celebrations are times of solemn abstinence. Children construct merriment from Goopy's pranks and want him to stay.

Why a Holiday Book Series for Kids?

Children should look beyond everyday things and activities. Mystery builds courage, knowledge, creativity and thinking skills. Forming opinions about whether or not characters are real helps separate reality from fantasy.

Ghost Sounds often tie to holidays. Jingling bells and gold suddenly jumping out of its pot are not everyday events. Unusual sensations may strengthen belief in powers of the supernatural over systematic methods.

Much is unknown about nebulous images. Study may lead to healthy understandings. As with presents under the Christmas tree, sometimes Goopy gives and sometimes he takes. Questions are likely to remain.

Ghosts may appear and disappear. Their mysteries seem to be like the comings and goings of fantastical holiday trains and cars. Goopy creates some agreement about how he formed and why he comes and goes.

Seeing Helps Believing. If ghosts could not see themselves, hear themselves, feel themselves or express themselves, how would they make anyone believe they are present? Would even bother to make the effort?

Signs of a Ghost

People usually find signs of a ghost after the fact. Things relocate overnight or while folks are away. Goopy redecorates homes, while children are supposed to be sleeping. This holiday spirit awakens friends to changes.

Visions may have unexplained powers. How else would Goopy pass through pumpkin walls or fit within this goop-filled fruit? Each unexplainable suggestion of power gives cause for new debate.

Ghosts can alter emotions and beliefs. Familiar appearances may bear information, news, warnings or ideas to those seeing them. Readers quickly learn Goopy is a pumpkin ghost and bearer of subtle messages.

Ghost pranks are unlike those of kids. These should be distinguished from incorporeal actions. Phantom acts have a surreal touch. The Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day turns goop into “gold”. A leprechaun takes it shopping.

Ghosts can be animals. Ask yourself if the barking dog in The Goopy Ghost at Christmas was real or ghostly. Why did it bark? Did it cower and leave? How would a cat behave? What makes sleigh bells jingle?

Animal spirits may continue natural habits and trained duties. They may perpetuate lifetime bonds. They may hang around to connect and help new residents, pets and guests. Pets may be the first to recognize this truth.

What else lurks among us? An unexplained shadow from the corner of one's eye is an eerie phenomenon. It takes on a life of its own. Is it a thing? Is it a person? Is it an ethereal vision? Is it from a holiday book series for kids?

See For Yourself:

In Mirrors are Bad Neighbors, can Goopy truly see himself? The text is not from a Goopy Ghost story. Many of the illustrations are from his holiday book series for children. They are authentic and unaltered.

What does the video text reveal about ghost vision acuity? “Mirror, mirror, can't you see? What you harbor can't be me. There is no time to whine and pout. I'll bet a dime it will grow out.” (33 seconds)