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 strive to turn non-believers into believers. Ghost walks, haunted home tours and hunts for the extraordinary are big business.
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.
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 not track those of Halloween.
Holidays and apparitions may feel overwhelming. How does one decide at which Obon Festival to celebrate ancestors? The Hungry Ghost Festival opens China's ancestral afterlife to an entire lunar month of celebration.
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 features with 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. They are favorite household minions. 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 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?
Do 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.
Do 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 brightening 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 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.
Are Ghost Sounds common? Jingling gold, suddenly jumping out of its pot, is not an everyday noise. Unusual sensations may strengthen belief in powers of the supernatural over science.
Much about nebulous images is unknown. 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.
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 relocate overnight or while folks are away. Goopy redecorates homes, while children are supposed to be sleeping. Holiday spirits awaken people to changes.
Many ghost holidays are 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.
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 emotions and beliefs. Familiar appearances may bear information, news, warnings or ideas to those seeing them. 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 and leave? How would a cat behave? 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 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?
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.
Video text: “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)