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.

Tickles the Funny Bone

Goopy Ghost is glum. It's nearing Valentine's Day and he hasn't a soul mate with whom to celebrate. So while there's no doubt ghouls rule, a lonesome Goopy Ghost needs all the help he can get in tracking down a kindred spirit — especially in the dead of winter with nary a pumpkin patch in sight. Enter Cupid. With his bow and arrow at the ready — and with permission from his dad — Cupid is willing to do all he can for Goopy Ghost even if it means heading to the Southern Hemisphere. While it's true there's no chance of tracking down a pumpkin in February's freeze, Cupid comes up with a sweeter plan that sticks.

Silly Story for Kids Camping

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

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

Special Addition? Ghost stories deliver fun moments to friends and families. Who doesn't love a good story about ghosts and their circumstances? These fanciful tales carry everyone to the undead edge of the unknown.

Make Valentine Friends

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 to plan or improvise.

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

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

In the Pumpkin Patch

Setting the Scene Stories glow through darkness in remote, wild places. Gardens and outdoor spaces make captivating backgrounds. Creeping, crawling, poking touches are not exclusive to 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 or shriveled plants bloom in ghostly haunts.

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

Around the Campfire

Creative Class? 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 can calm the tone of any shock or scare.

Dreamscapes? Goopy Ghost adds life to parties with creative uses and new places for fun goop. His fascinating goop-filled schemes adapt to the weather, time of year and people present. Everyone will want a role.

Pure Poetry? Ghost formulations come naturally. Wee sprites with big hearts stir up good results. Rhyme challenges boundaries. The Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day is written entirely in rollicking Irish limerick verse.

Plus, or Minus

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

Screen Test? Screen-free nights sweep away harsh problems of civilization. Snug chill spaces warm to ghosts. Creative juices turn enlightening spirits loose in mini-vacation spots. Cues abound in nature.

Midnight Cravings? Think of ghost stories as fun snacks for on-the-go life. Like chocolate, fruit, cereal, granola bars, mixed nuts, trail mix, peanut butter and bread, they need no refrigeration. They may thaw cold hearts.

Gathering Crowds?

Close-Up? Friendship is good for all souls. Compassion of friends creates a oneness of being. Inner peace comes with spending time with others. Nobody should feel alone in a world of faces, animals, plants and things.

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? Folks may think apparitions don't need anyone. Why would advanced souls provoke attractions between fanciful and genuine friends? Ghosts unite spiritual, mythical, emotional and physical realms.

Supernatural Spirits

Super Natural? Nature-inspired storytelling revives animal spirits. Colors and textures can change like octopuses. Options are fabulous for calls, bugles or roars of the wild in ghost stories to tell at a campfire.

Classics Revealed? The fiction and drama of ghostly powers are magical. They awaken possibilities, perceptions, insights and beliefs. The potential and influence sparked by supernatural entities shape lives.

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


Hard-to-Light Fires? Starting fires can be a struggle. Experienced campers may fail to find dry kindling or combustible wood. They may forget to bring matches, lighters or other fire-starting essentials to the campsite.

Glow-Getters? Alternative grilling may be required. Charcoal and gas open-fire grills are illegal in places. Electric grills safely smoke food in small inside or outside spaces. Using them may not break rules or laws.

Eco-Disaster? Campfires are a source of air pollution. Fires emit carbon dioxide. particulate matters, benzene and other toxic gases with complex warming-and-cooling effects on the future of the planet.

Tent City

Inclement Weather? Kids' play tents, tepees and tunnels work magic indoors. Inventiveness erupts from eerie settings across floors. After partying, guests can return home for cozy, scare-free bedtimes.

City Slickers? Kings and Sultans loaded tents with creature comforts. Solid, elaborate, upscale tents for glamorous, luxurious glamping have desirable amenities to withstand the elements in retreats to the wild.

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

Roughing It

Solo Acts? Tents come in frame or pole construction. Frame tents stand up without poles or stakes dug into the ground. To avoid downhill tumbles or water rushes, tents must be pitched on level ground.

Wilipini? Brave souls construct these underground greenhouses for year-round fresh produce. Plastic roof sheeting minimizes design costs, while maximizing solar power to extend the growing season.

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

Storied Treats

Right Confections? Child and adult campfire stories prompt everyone to beg for s'mores. This sweet outdoor treat is named by popular request. S'mores recipe chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers are simple.

Sorbet Style? Roasted marshmallows melt chocolate into odd shapes. Sticky messes morph onto graham crackers and clothes. Adults disturbed by sugar rushes surrender as kids bemoan icky, bland, low-sugar spin offs.

Pumpkin Roast? Most folks are familiar with roasted pumpkin seeds. Pie pumpkins also can be roasted. There are risks in recycling a carved pumpkin. Pumpkins of a smaller size will cook during story time.

Horror Stories Adults Tell at a Campfire

Culture Club? Campfire frights for adults strengthen bonding. Awareness of bugs, shadows, smoke and sparks rises with sounds 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 listeners of all ages. Fantasy is equally startling and emboldening.

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

Benefits for All

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

Depth Finders Ghosts remind us everything cannot be seen. Molecules, atoms and gases teach everyone to look beyond surfaces. With ghost stories children are exposed 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 planning for your garden? Goopy encourages friends to grow pumpkins! This bright orange spirit 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. The Goopy Ghost 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 namesake pumpkin taste and the wholesome, essential vitamins A, C and E in this fruit.

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

The video text calls for 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”. You'll see Goopy here. (37 seconds)