Goopy Ghost brings Roman mythology gods Mercury, Cupid and Mars to Valentine's Day storytelling art, displayed at 40% of viewport width.
Valentine's Day 2021 by Terry Verduin


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)

This story is more than a silly story for kids camping; it helps everyone make Valentine friends around the campfire or in the pumpkin patch.

Silly Story for Kids Camping

Golden Hour? In the still of dark nights, phantoms can be showy or they can relay soft messages. Stories can fill with humor and whimsy or ghoul and fright. Campfire spirits keep embers alive.

Creative Class? Campfire ghost stories are an art. Stories free wild imaginations. Parental wisdom can guide creepy fun. Before the lights go out, silliness can calm the tone of any shock.

Special Addition? Ghost stories deliver fun moments to friends and families. Who doesn't love a story about ghostly circumstances? These fanciful tales dwell in the undead edge of the unknown.

Make Valentine Friends

Glory Daze? Stories get no complaints at friendly gatherings. Adults relive childhoods. Kids gain exposure to the wide-open outdoors. Ghost stories around a campfire are easy to plan or improvise.

Beauty Awakens? Goopy keeps young readers interested in holiday fun throughout the year. His celebration mode appeals to the child in everyone. This is a delightful friend for anyone to possess.

Free Spirit? Forget disguises or decorations. Stories to tell at campfires are free. From ashes and mist, storytellers conjure up enchantment. Ghosts need no invitations to free-for-all leisure breaks.

In the Pumpkin Patch

Setting the Scene Stories glow through darkness in wild places. Gardens and outdoor spaces make gripping backgrounds. Creeping, crawling, poking touches are not just for fall or Halloween.

The Plot Thickens? When zeal wilts for pandemic pumpkin patches, gardeners should not throw in the towel. While not ideal for World War II Victory Gardens, dead plants bloom in ghostly haunts.

Talk to Plants Goopy rose from a pumpkin. His Valentine friend, Mushy, was drawn out of a cantaloupe. Imagine the possibilities for harvesting natural friends from a garden plot.

Around the Campfire

Close-Up? Friendship is good for all souls. Friends create a oneness of being. Spending time with others brings inner peace. Nobody should feel alone in a world of faces, animals and plants.

Look Back? Goopy calls on friendly Cupid — on his busiest day. In classical mythology, Cupid is the god of attraction. Making friends with his bow and arrow is part of his Valentine's Day magic.

Soul Mates? Who thinks ghosts don't need anyone? Why else would these advanced souls try to connect with fanciful and genuine friends? Ghosts unite mythical, emotional and physical realms.

Storied Treats

Right Confections? Child and adult campfire stories get everyone begging for s'mores. This treat is named by popular request. Adults disturbed by sugar rushes surrender; kids bemoan low-sugar spin offs.

Sorbet Style? The s'mores recipe instructions and ingredients are simple. Roasted marshmallows melt chocolate into odd shapes. The sticky messes morph onto graham crackers and clothes.

Pumpkin Roast? Most folks are familiar with roasted pumpkin seeds. Pie pumpkins also can be roasted. There are risks in recycling a carved pumpkin. Smaller pumpkins should cook during story time.

Horror Stories Adults Tell at a Campfire

Culture Club? Campfire frights for adults strengthen bonding. Awareness of bugs, shadows, sounds, smoke and sparks rises after nightfall. Impactful camp-out horror tales scream of monsters, not ghosts.

Craft Work? Fright nights can be built around a circus of themes. Limits of grossness, terror and horror need not be reached. Stories can accommodate all listeners. Fantasy is startling and emboldening.

Ghastly Monsters? A scary insect comes to life in the woods, making the worst of nightmares come true. Friends and family start to disappear from around the fire pit. Who will be left to finish the story?

Benefits for All

Divine Intervention? Campfire scares awaken “fight or flight” reflexes, raise alertness and hone protective skills. Gritty, untamed bravery and defenses may come in handy for future needs.

Depth Finders Like molecules, atoms and gases, ghosts teach everyone to look beyond surfaces. With ghost stories children receive early exposure to the invisible dimensions of things.

Lesson Plan? Kids learn the meaning of words specific to ghosts and ghost stories. They learn to treasure hearing and telling stories. Best of all, they can make Valentine friends with ghost stories.


Grow Pumpkins!

What are you planting in your garden? Goopy encourages friends to grow pumpkins! This orange ghost makes his home in them. He is not one! Let friends hear you boast when you get to host this spirited ghost.

Think year-round fun! Pumpkins are not just holiday food and decorator items for frigid seasons. Goopy strengthens established traditions with new ideas for everyday living to be passed on for generations.

Spinach, beets and avocado? OOO-OOO-NO! It's Goopy “OOO” Jingle time! Christmas Traditions aren't the only occasions during which to replace junk-food desserts with festive, healthy super-food treats.

Spice Things Up

Pumpkin spice without pumpkin? This blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves may contain allspice. It leaves out the pumpkin taste and the wholesome, essential vitamins A, C and E in this fruit.

Eat heartily and openly. Health kicks and diets do not mean hiding plant-based ingredients. Savor every ‘yum-tastic’ morsel of your ‘spooktacular’ harvest. Grow Pumpkins extends the gardening season.

Transcript call to gardeners: “Grow Pumpkins! Pumpkins have a short shelf life. It should cause us no strife when they are baked, carved or tossed, as long as more are grown”. Goopy is here. (37 seconds)