The Goopy Ghost at Valentine's Day brings the influence of gods from Roman mythology into art and storytelling, with Mercury, Cupid and Mars displayed at 40% of viewport width.
July 2019 by V. R. Duin


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)

Turn silly stories for kids camping into funny scary campfire ghost stories. Bend ghost spirits to add a moral. Scare up ghoul and fright with horror stories adults tell at a campfire.

Funny Scary Campfire Ghost Stories

Peak Season? Campfire ghost stories for adults and children strengthen bonding and awareness of nightfall, smoke, sparks, bugs and strange sounds in the shadows. Tales of impactful camp-out horrors belong to ghosts.

Master of Suspense? Set up kid's play tents, tepees and tunnels indoors. When weather is cold, let inventiveness explode into varied settings across the floor. After the party, send guests home for cozy, scare-free bedtimes.

Golden Hour? In the still of the darkest of nights, phantoms can be ghoulish and greedy. Stories can be filled with humor and whimsy or ghoul and fright. They can relay soft messages. Campfire celebrations keep the embers alive.

Perpetual? Bonfires and costumes of Celtic traditions likely kindled the spirit of Halloween. Scaring Up Fun tugs folks together and heightens closeness. Crying in terror and screaming hysterically are arts of the scream.

Wild Country? Stories glow through darkness in a remote, wild place. Weak canvas tents and open fire pits make captivating backgrounds. Creeping, crawling, poking touches of apparitions are not limited to fall or Halloween.

Free Spirit? Stories to tell at a campfire are free. Forget disguises, music or specialty decorations. From ashes and mist, storytellers conjure up ghostly enchantment. Ghosts need no invitation to join the free-for-all leisure break.

Right Confections? Funny scary campfire ghost stories prompt everyone to ask for s'mores. This sweet outdoor treat got its name by popular request. S'mores Recipe chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers are simple.

Sorbet Style? Roasted marshmallows melt chocolate into interesting shapes and sticky messes on graham crackers and clothes. Parents may be disturbed by the sugar rush, but kids would moan about icky, bland low-sugar spin offs.

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

Culture Club? Campfire stories for kids and adults are ageless. Storytelling offers an opportunity for an adrenaline rush, without risk or challenge of physical danger. Spoken words deliver no bodily contact, impact or force.

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

Divine Intervention? Campfire horror stories awaken a healthy “fight or flight” reflex, raise alertness and hone protective skills. The psychology and defenses built by camping spirit and grit might be needed for future events.

Silly Stories for Kids Camping

Creative Class? Silly campfire ghost stories are an art. Creepy fun can be guided by parental discretion. Stories tame the wildest imaginations. Before the lights go out, silliness adds redemption and calms the tone of scares.

Classics Revealed? The fiction and drama of ghostly possibilities are magical. They awaken possibilities, perceptions, insights and beliefs. Lives are shaped by the potential and influence surrounding supernatural entities.

Dreamscapes? Ideas from the Goopy Ghost add life to parties. Shed goop orbs in creative, new places. Twist his fascinating goop-filled productions for the weather, time of year and people present. Everyone will want a role.

Dealer's Choice? The Motion Picture Association of American Film Rating System would not rate wildly imaginative, goopy thrills and shenanigans as PG-13 or R, requiring parental caution, guidance and accompaniment.

Color Guard? Move over Casper the Friendly Ghost and Great Pumpkin. Nothing commercial or rowdy comes with Goopy's birth from goop to ghost. Pumpkin growing and harvest bring wild escapes and seed-filled haunts.

Pure Poetry? Ghost stories come naturally. Wee sprites have big hearts and haunt for good reasons. Challenge boundaries with rhyme. The Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day is written entirely in rollicking Irish limerick verse.

Contributors? Stories handed down for generations preserve traditions, challenge conceptions and stoke artistic powers. Eerie yarns of creepy haunts can be made spooky for scream-seekers or funny for kids and wisecracks.

Screen Test? Spend screen-free nights, sweeping away problems of civilization. Snug chill spaces warm to ghosts. Fire up the creative juices. Let animal spirits loose in the mini-vacation spot. Take cues from nature.

Super Natural? Nature-inspired storytelling Forms and reforms animal spirits, changing colors and textures like octopuses. Options are fabulous for ghost stories to tell at a campfire. Add calls, bugles and roars of the wild.

Idea Lab? Funny campfire stories can be hilarious! Imagine Goopy scaring off a predator. Can he reboot as a wild animal? Animals of his flaming orange color include baboons, tigers, crabs, fish and Gila monsters.

Horror Stories Adults Tell at a Campfire

Maze? Stargazing punctuates ideas: spirits piloting shooting stars, coming and going from the International Space Station, or peering down from the constellations. Stars extend from ancient mythology to modern astronomy.

Astronomy? This science of celestial objects and phenomenon has been pondered since antiquity. Origins and evolutions of comets, galaxies, moons, planets, stars and cosmic mysteries shed light on transient human events.

Power Play? Backyard camping can bring out scary neighbors or authorities. It is illegal to pitch a permanent tent on some properties for sleepovers. It is not illegal to stage an evening cookout around a temporary tent.

City Slickers? Kings and Sultans loaded tents with creature comforts. Elaborate, upscale tents equipped for glamorous, luxurious glamping withstand the elements for solid outdoor retreats with desirable amenities.

Wanderlust? Tented resorts are popping up everywhere. National parks and private campgrounds facilitate communes with nature. Tents and yurts, with circular frames, accommodate modern nomads through wind and rain.

Glow-Getters? Alternative grilling may be required. Charcoal and gas open-fire grills are illegal in many places. Electric grills safely smoke food in small indoor or outside spaces. No rules or laws are broken with the use of them.

Directors: Cut! Local zoning issues frustrate outdoor facilities. Rustic shacks, zip lines, elevated platforms, wood-burning stoves, hidden toilets, outside showers and electric or cable hookups may not be sanctioned by law.

Anything Goes? All-occasion outfits are perfect. Storytellers can wear warm, fuzzy clothing or get down to basics. Forget manias or trends. Goopy's quick-change ideas suit forests, mountains, deserts, jungles or beaches.

Double Take? Ghost stories around the campfire fashion special events from rustic outings. Appropriate spirits enhance the character, mood and location of the amusement. Plots buoyantly progress person-to-person.

Chain Reaction? Participants may come up with Halloween costume ideas. Tales of ghouls and specters fill the space between parties and neighborhood parades, creating buzz and magic for a celebration some folks love to hate.