“You have been Ghosted!” This is what was written on the orange gift bag that was hanging on the front door of our new home last Halloween. When we opened the bag it was filled with king sized candy bars and a glittery pumpkin candle. At the bottom of the bag were a letter and a picture of a ghost that was to be copied and passed along with a Halloween treat to two other neighbors. We hung the picture of the ghost in our front window and stopped at the store the next day to pick up a treat for the next neighbors to get ghosted. It was a mystery of who ghosted who and an easy way to make Halloween fun for the adults as well as the children. I loved driving home from work to see which new houses had the ghost in the window. By the time Halloween rolled around the entire neighborhood had been ghosted.
Our neighborhood was only one year old and full of newlywed couples who have not yet had children so most of the gifts were for adults. The gifts ranged from candy and candles to beer and scratch off lottery tickets. Nothing fancy, just an inexpensive way to celebrate the holiday with your neighbors.
How to do this fun activity in your neighborhood…
1) In a fun spooky font type the following letter
Good Evening My friends
The greetings of ghosts are hauting your way, a curse will be left if you fail to obey
To ward off the curse of the dread phantom wart, you have just one day until you must start
Take treats to two houses in your neighborhood, be sure they are tasty, be sure they are good
Copy this letter and a phantom for each, help spread the spirit to those your can reach
Post the ghost of the phantom on your front window or door so that others can see he has been there before
join the fun of the season, keep him right in sight. Share the spirit of giving till Halloween night
2) On a separate piece of paper draw or download a picture of a ghost. It should be black and white so it can be easily copied and large enough to be seen from the street.
3) Put a treat, along with the letter and ghost picture, in a bag and hang it on your neighbors’ door. If you are starting the chain, be sure the two houses you ‘Ghost’ are neighbors you know will participate and keep the chain going.
4) Have fun, get the family involved, watch the number of ghosted house grow, and have a Happy Halloween.