The Goopy Ghost at St. Patrick's Day
August 2017 by V. R. Duin


The thieves thought the guard was quite brash
For shopping with bright golden cash.
So they took tight hold
Of all of his gold
Then dashed from his grove to their stash!
(“The Goopy Ghost at Saint Patrick's Day”)

Spirit possession may not be about possessed people and scary ghosts.

Ghosts appear to travel within physical space. However, they seem to be stuck in time. Ghosts are not likely to float over to someone and take spirit possession of that person. Ghosts seem to reside in the present dimension, not within possessed people. They do not seem to have the free will to roam beyond the area from which they departed this world in death. Ghosts do not seem to have an ability to go back in time and change their ghostly outcome. It may be difficult for ghosts to find a balance between their spiritual energy and the physical world. This may be troubling to ghosts. They seem to be sentient entities with no intention of acting like scary ghosts.

Ghosts seem to be in a continuous loop of learning and searching. Their goal is not likely to be one of spirit possession. Few ghosts seem to be scary ghosts. Ghosts seem to be separate and residual entities. They tend to be faintly visible in appearance and barely audible in attempts to communicate with people in the present time. Most ghosts seem to be tied to unfinished business in their past lives, rather than to creating new disturbances for other beings they encounter in their new dimension. Ghosts are unlikely to speak in languages other than their native tongues. Exorcists and psychiatrists report that possessed people under their care for spirit expulsion may speak clearly and accurately in tongues that are foreign to them.

Ghosts tend to be repetitive and uncomplicated in their connections with this world. Ghosts may challenge their hosts with a bit of mischief, rather than spirit possession and possessed people. Ghosts may prefer to be perceived as entertaining presences in search of attention rather than as scary ghosts. They may reveal hidden knowledge of secret things. Scary ghosts are not considered by paranormal investigators to be ghosts. Ghosts tend to be playful, curious and mischievous. They rarely seem deserving of a bad rap. Rarely are ghosts deemed Satanic in nature. People under the influence of demonic possession or oppression may exhibit extreme physical strength or venomous contempt for others in their realm of influence.

Ghosts are often seen in dark, lonely, old, scary and wild places. As a result, ghosts are often believed to be bad spirits. However, to investigators of the paranormal world, scary ghosts are generally not referred to as ghosts. Instead, the name poltergeists is used to classify “scary ghosts”. This article will not discuss these horrific entities other than to mention that poltergeists may have been left behind to curse the world for some traumatic event from which they are unwilling or unable to disconnect. Their spiritual world seems to be in clear conflict with the material world. This puts scary ghosts in conflict with the phenomena of spirit possession and possessed people. Instead, these tormented spirits may very much be akin to persons trapped in physical, mental or emotional pain and suffering.

Spirit possession may be more complex than haunting ghosts, be these continually good or rarely seen scary ghosts, called poltergeists. For there to be spirit possession, there must be possessed people. Spirits may be conscious forms of energy that exist in the present and in the afterlife. However, these spirits may have to be exposed to subjective psychological processes for interpretation. It is the human mind that often completes this subjective experience. Aural and visual delusions may appear at times of weakness, confusion, distress or ill health. Confidential treatment or symptomatic help from psychiatrists, physicians or spiritual advisers should not be denied to any tormented beings.

Spirits may influence the will, mind and emotions of a person. A spirit may be good or evil, much like human feelings or moods. Spirits may provide guidance, healing, encouragement, love and enlightenment. However, spirit possession generally is recognized in cultures throughout the world as unwelcome control or unwilling manipulation of possessed people, things or places. Scary ghosts may very well be a reflection of the state and knowledge of the storyteller and of the observer. Ghosts typically seem local in cause and effect. Repeated reports of their existence lend credibility to the accumulation of evidence about ghosts.

True spirit possession seems to be rare. Ghosts typically are not possessive spirits. They may not have a true physical presence. Mediums, psychics and spiritual leaders may be able communicate with spirits in their past and present levels of existence. Scary ghosts, called poltergeists, may live in a dimension that can be perceived, but not reached or controlled by invocation or exorcism. Ghosts and poltergeists may not need to live within possessed people to create detectable interactions. Oppressive spirits surrounding a person may present as scary ghosts. These unfortunate individuals may be considered to be possessed people.

Signs of spirit possession may be a loss of energy or appetite and a radical change in temperament. If thieves take someone's gold, that person or leprechaun loses a physical possession. Spirit possession of possessed people may not be physical. It may present as a mental or an emotional loss of control. It should not automatically be attributed to scary ghosts. However, The Spiritual Research Foundation reports that 30% of the world's population is possessed and 50% is affected by demonic energies. Worry, guilt and subjective suggestion from others can create a pattern of life-long belief that one is a victim of bad spirits. Influence from psychological effects caused among the living also may give rise to symptoms of demonic possession or oppression.

Some churches practice brief rituals of exorcism in some instances and for some types of spirit possession. These include Catholic, Charismatic, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches. V. R. Duin attended a Pentecostal church, where she witnessed works to expel or transform a bad spirits and renew possessed people with good faith. The Bible provides examples of exorcism. Exorcism is a respected healing practice for perceived spirit possession among such religions as Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism. It also is performed in some African cultures. There are individuals and organizations, including some Christian denominations, by whom spirits may be called or invoked, but not sent away. These spirits are considered satanic in nature. They are not perceived as scary ghosts.

The International Association of Exorcists is a selective and exclusive Roman Catholic Church organization. This organization issues a quarterly newsletter in which members can share difficult or interesting cases to one another about spirit possession. In February of 2018, a class was announced by the Catholic News Agency to address a tripling in demonic activity in Italy. Vatican Trains Exorcists as Demonic Possession Claims Rise. Special training is needed to separate possessed people, who might benefit from exorcism and the prayer of liberation, from those in need of psychological intervention. The subject is controversial and rarely discussed. Few priests are appointed to serve as exorcists, and few young priests are willing to serve in this ministry. The burgeoning need for exorcists may be attributed to a growing disbelief in the devil and reliance on the occult for predictions and guidance. There is no mention of scary ghosts.

Prayers for liberation, healing, protection, and deliverance from evil spirit possession are common to many religions. They can be found online. Deliverance ministries offer ongoing counseling, which distinguishes them from organizations performing brief exorcism rituals. These ministries fight problems relating to oppressive spirits and organize the removal from homes of items that may be attributed to idol worship or spiritual harm. These practitioners believe individuals can be oppressed, rather than possessed by demons. After placing the blame for sin, addiction and other evils on the demonic, these ministries establish communications with evil spirits. This outreach is believed to relieve some distress for those with concerns about scary ghosts and possessed people, things or places. However, the demon-casting aspect is considered by some to be a hostile rather than spiritual approach to finding peace.

V. R. Duin worked as a mental health and substance abuse intervention attorney for many years. She continues to witness the effects of such mental illnesses and disorders as hysteria, mania, psychosis and schizophrenia. It is easy for her to recognize how the symptoms of mental and emotional illness may be perceived as spirit possession by some witnesses. Symptoms may include seeing, hearing and feeling impacts from people, animals or things that are not detectable to others. The different types of cognition among people are professionally recognized by mental health doctors and counselors as different ways of thinking. They are not diagnosed as possessed people haunted by scary ghosts. The suffering is real. The European Council of Skeptical Organizations,, was formed to investigate paranormal claims on the fringe of contemporary scientific knowledge. It promotes public safety by objectively evaluating and publicly broadcasting its findings about therapies that were not previously subjected to controlled scientific and medical testing.

When obsessive-compulsive behaviors or a disconnection from reality totally disrupt life and work functions, conventional medical and psychiatric intervention may result in a firm diagnosis and effective treatment. Medications may be prescribed to control cognitive behaviors. These prescriptions may come with side effects, such as lethargy, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, constipation or weight gain. These effects may seem demonic to the sufferers in the beginning. Over time, medications can enable these individuals to take control of their lives. Withdrawal upon stopping these medications also may have severe side effects. The behaviors caused by substance addiction also can mimic those attributed to the spirit possession of possessed people by scary ghosts. However, spiritual and mental or physical health counseling generally can ease withdrawal symptoms and lead to recovery.

Individuals who start adhering to a strict weight-loss or allergy-restricted diet or who begin a rigid schedule of relaxation techniques, may be considered “possessed people” by those around them. These new directions, despite the level of passion, should receive respect and understanding from friends, neighbors and loved ones. Changes can take a long time and require a lot of persistence to complete. Spirit possession can be a good thing. Scary ghosts are unlikely to be involved in such changes. Change can be for the worse. When no improvement is noted from conventional treatments, and spirit possession by demonic or scary ghosts is suspected, consultation with a spiritual leader or other counsel may be advised.

Scary ghosts are unlikely to be the cause. It is equally unlikely that fun, mischievous or scary ghosts can provide professional solutions for disruptive human behaviors attributed to spirit possession. However, ghosts can provide great distraction and mind-altering experience. The Goopy Ghost is tied to the pumpkin and to the spirit of the holiday season, not to making possessed people. Goopy's focus is on reading and on extending the goodness of holidays to every day of the year. Goopy's antics should be shared and enjoyed with others for decades to come.

The Goopy Ghost keeps young readers interested in holiday books throughout the year. The Goopy Ghost is perpetually on the move to find his pumpkin home. This pumpkin ghost appeals to the children in all of us. Because he keeps readers and viewers in celebration mode, the Goopy Ghost is a fun spirit for anyone and everyone to possess. Ghost stories are a fun form of “spirit possession”. Goopy hopes to change his “possessed people” for the better. Goopy is not among the scary ghosts. However, readers do not want to experience his stories on their own. It is fun to read with others.

Possessed People

  • spirit possession Goopy says:

    The Goopy Ghost does not support spirit possession, and does not participate in spirit possession.

  • scary ghosts Goopy says:

    This ghost has never witnessed spirit possession, and does not know of any scary ghosts who are involved in spirit possession.

    • possessed peopleGoopy says:

      This Holiday Ghost does not know any possessed people and does not take the loss of any possession or ability lightly.