Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day
December 2017 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”)

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. Goopy takes readers on fun ghost walks, haunted house tours and ghost hunts. Memories of holidays and ghost sightings may linger. Communications with a ghost may come through the observer's interpretation of clues, signs, symbols and hints. The ghost sighting industry is huge, with hotels, homes and cemeteries desirous of turning non-believers into believers. 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.

Whether a person is a paranormal believer or a scientific skeptic, the goopy holiday ghost is sure to generate fun experiences. No infra-sound or bizarre sensations are associated with the signs of a ghost sighting in Goopy's holiday book series for children. There is nothing toxic, hallucinogenic or spine chilling about the ghost sightings in Goopy Ghost's books, videos or Christmas song by Carlos Wilde. Shadowy figures may become close friends or good influences for the living. Goopy wants everyone to love a good holiday ghost story, including pets and verified or unverified friendly bump-in-the-night specters. These visions might be ones of Santa Claus making a toy drop or eating the cookies and drinking the milk left for him by children anxious for his visit. There should be no limit to the realm of ghostly visual representation. Ghost sightings and holidays are emotional experiences that should be held close. There may be as many different kinds of ghosts as people want believe exist.

Holidays and ghosts may appear differently from culture-to-culture and continent-to-continent. Many countries celebrate ghosts, skeletons and the deceased. These ghostly celebrations from around the world may not be Halloween-like. Observers' beliefs may influence interpretation of signs of a ghost sighting. The Goopy Ghost wants people to believe that friendly ghosts are cause for good celebration in all places and at all times. Ghosts and holidays may change from 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 discussions 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! Children are unlikely to get bogged down with a blend of old and new activities and experiences.

Ghosts are much studied, but little understood. Observers often seem to construct ghostly activity from coincidence, premonition or supernatural intelligence. A collection of ghost sightings may make for a very real fantasy. As ghost sightings take hold, there are those who believe these spirits are 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 during which no Christmas trees were growing or glowing inside homes? Ghosts may allow people to look back and from above. Ghosts may represent a spiritual journey to be honored by those left behind. Signs of a ghost sighting may be hints of past lives to be remembered and appreciated by loved ones and friends left behind. 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 with signs of a ghost sighting. Goopy encourages children and adults to look beyond the mundane by seeking the creative thrill of a ghost sighting. Projection of oneself into this mysterious world may build courage, intelligence and analytic skills. Ghost activities may be 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. Not all ghosts are to be feared and avoided. Not all holidays are times of solemnity and abstinence. Some of these spirited holidays are celebrations of life, such as The Day of the Dead, celebrated in Mexico. Many questions are raised with the subtle signs of each ghost sighting experienced by children in Goopy's 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? Could these mysteries be akin to the magic of ghost trains and cars? Why did the goopy holiday ghost stick ornaments on walls with goopy goop? Why do some cultures reenact past battles with evil? 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 engaging ghost activities and hijinks cast limitless substance to this holiday book series for children. Ghostly capers are unlikely to get old, so ghosts keep a storied place in our world. Many of these stories and celebrations feature victories of good over evil. Certainly, this is true of the Hindu celebration and reenactments during “Vijayadashami”.

The unknown nature of a ghost sighting should be exciting! Things like gold suddenly jumping out of its pot 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. Readers quickly learn that Goopy is a pumpkin ghost, but how does he pass through pumpkin walls? How does he fit within this goop-filled fruit of the pumpkin vine? Each unexplainable sign of a ghost sighting may raise new questions. The signs of a ghost sighting often exercise an influence on emotions and beliefs, provoking 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 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 may take on a life of its own. What is the common denominator? Is it worthy of celebration? Holidays and ghosts may feel overwhelming. How does one decide which of these 5 favorite Obon Festivals to attend during the Japanese Buddhist celebration of departed ancestors? Ghost sightings may encourage observers to analyze and form conclusions about the life and death 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 may learn a lot from the signs of the many different ghost sightings in Goopy's holiday book series for children. Is it possible to turn goop into gold? If a ghostly being can party with leprechauns, why can't people join in, too? Why did Goopy crash the thieves' party? Holidays and ghosts may create drama. Why did the dog bark? Did the dog cower, before leaving the scene? What would a cat do as this droopy, goopy holiday ghost wanders into its next haunt? Were you to become Goopy's next host, how would you react to his signs of a ghost sighting? The theories and hypotheses that surround ghosts seem so dramatic and convincing, they may spur cognitive processes and constructive deliberations. They may give rise to celebrations and taboos during days, weeks or an entire month of celebrations, such as in China's The Hungry Ghost Festival.

Over time, many people may 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 seem familiar. Holidays and ghosts may have uniting forces. Are these ghosts attempting to exchange information, news or ideas? If ghosts move through walls, carry things or move things around, are they trying to help? Are ghosts are made of some material? 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 they discover him, your children will not let you send him back.

Holiday Book Series for Children

  • Signs of a Ghost Goopy says:

    The Goopy Ghost teaches children to accept some signs of a holiday ghost sighting so they will experiment with new traditions.

  • holiday book series for children Goopy says:

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

    • ghost sightingGoopy 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.