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 or of a ghost sighting, in Goopy's holiday book series for children, in articles across this website and in the thrilling video below.
Are ghosts like reflections? They may seem faded and worn in comparison to mirror images. The orange holiday sprite adds bright spirit and a contemporary flair to hallowed customs.
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.
The paranormal tourist industry is huge. Hotels, homes and cemeteries want to turn non-believers into believers. Ghost walks, haunted home tours and hunts are big business.
Are ghosts like the man in the moon? People have seen a smiling face in the dark areas on the full moon for ages. Spooky faces and bodies also date way back. Materializations generate talk about what makes things real.
There are songs about the man in the moon and Goopy. Nothing is toxic, hallucinogenic or spine chilling about these tunes. People gain touch with reality while singing.
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.
Holidays and apparitions look different from culture-to-culture, place-to-place and time-to-time. Celebrations of incorporeal beings, skeletons and the deceased may be unlike Halloween.
Holidays and apparitions may feel overwhelming. How does one decide which “Obon Festival” to attend? “The Hungry Ghost Festival” fills an entire month of China's lunar calendar.
Are ghosts like comet tails? Comet tails are made of gas or dust. Goopy's books are unlikely to get dusty. Comets and dead or dying stars may link to life. Hobgoblins have features of the living.
Are ghosts like jet trails? Called “contrails“, these white trails may be seen 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. They are favorite holiday minions in many households. They try to help out. They have a treasured place in our world. Every day should be a hoot.
Can ghosts see themselves? Do they fill places with twinkling lights in order to see? Can they hear themselves? Can they feel themselves? Ask them. Conversation unites. What kind of treats might they prefer?
Can ghosts change clothes? They often are 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.
Can ghosts evolve with the times? Did Goopy live when no Christmas trees glowed inside homes. Returning souls may not understand change. They may allow people to look back and from above.
Ghosts may be on a spiritual journey for honor. An otherworldly vision may hint at past lives to be remembered and appreciated. Everyone should feel the magic of holiday sprites around the world.
It is important to 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.
Ghosts generate talk. Goopy gets people talking about the true meaning of holidays. Few holidays are times of solemn abstinence. Children construct merriment from Goopy's pranks. They want him to stay.
Are ghost sightings common? Things, like gold suddenly jumping out of its pot, are not everyday events. The unusual may strengthen beliefs in the power of the supernatural over science.
Much about these nebulous images is unknown. Study leads to healthy understandings. As with presents under the Christmas tree, sometimes Goopy gives and sometimes he takes. Questions remain.
Can ghosts appear and disappear? Are their mysteries like the comings and goings of ethereal trains and cars? Goopy creates some agreement about how he formed and why he comes and goes.
People usually find signs of a ghost after the fact. Things move overnight or while folks are away. Goopy moves decorations, while children are supposed to be sleeping. Holiday spirits awaken people to changes.
Many ghost holidays are fun celebrations. This is the case with Mexico's “Day of the Dead”. The Hindu “Vijayadashami” celebrates the victory of good over evil.
Visions may have unexplained powers. How does Goopy pass through pumpkin walls or fit within this goop-filled fruit? Each unexplainable suggestion of power gives cause for new debate.
Ghost sightings may alter the emotions and beliefs of those seeing them. Familiar appearances may bear information, news, warnings or ideas. Readers quickly learn Goopy is a pumpkin ghost with subtle messages.
Pranks may be from 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”.
Can ghosts be animals? Was the barking dog in “The Goopy Ghost at Christmas” real? Why did it bark? Did it cower before leaving? What would a cat do? What makes 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 is among us? To see unexplained shadows from the corner of one's eye is an eerie phenomenon. It may take on a life of its own. Is it a thing? Is it a person? Is it an ethereal vision?
In Mirrors are Bad Neighbors, Goopy seems to see himself. The text is not from a Goopy Ghost story. Many of the illustrations are from his holiday book series for children.
The words are: “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)