Did you know that Halloween is one of the most popular holidays – second only to Christmas? Every year, people are starting earlier in their preparations for the holiday. Yards are being eerily decorated on a grander scale, costume parties are more elaborate, and many families are starting their own Halloween traditions. I wanted to share with you a tradition that started in my neighborhood a few years ago. It’s called “Ghosting” and believe me your children will have a blast doing it! It usually starts the first week in October giving plenty of time for the whole neighborhood to be “ghosted”. Depending on the size of your neighborhood you can either ghost one family or two. Since our neighborhood is small, I’m giving you directions for “ghosting” one house; however just double it if you live in a neighborhood with many homes. Here’s what you do:
- On a white piece of paper (8 ½” x 11”) draw a big ghost in black permanent marker
- Fill a goodie bag or brown paper sack with treats
- Include the following poem:
You’ve Been Ghosted!
Late last night, we left you a treat,
the tradition is fun, one we hope you’ll repeat.
Take the ghost and pin it on your door,
to let others know, you need ghosted no more.
Now it’s your duty to pass on the surprise,
to another family, we must advise.
Gather some treats and deliver them soon,
within two nights, under the light of the moon.
Include a ghost with each package you give,
along with this poem for the tradition to live.
Deliver it after dark to your target family by putting it on the porch, ringing the doorbell and running. Don’t get caught – you don’t want them to know who “ghosted” them.