Halloween Neighborhood Ghost Game

Ghostly Moon


Ten Rules For Halloween Seniors

You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when:

10. You keep knocking on your own front door.

9. You remove your false teeth to change your appearance.

8. You ask for soft high fiber candy only.

7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, and you lose your balance and fall over.

6. People say: 'Great Boris Karloff Mask,' and you're not wearing a mask.

5. When the door opens you yell, 'Trick or...' And you can't remember the rest.

4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3. You have to carefully choose a costume that doesn't dislodge your hairpiece.

2. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.

 And the number one reason Seniors should not go Trick Or Treating...

1. You keep having to go home to pee.

 No matter, have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN anyway.

Game: You’ve Just Been Haunted

Okay. It's October. This game turned up in the Spring. Maybe it was spring cleaning spirit that motivated me, or just that the shelves fell down and I had to remove everything in order to make the repair. So, I was cleaning out a closet and found this old folded note from my good friend Carilou. This hubpage is a tribute to her friendship since she moved away.

Her favorite holiday in the whole world is Halloween. She goes all out decorating her house with spooky eery sounds coming out of the windows. She wears tons of witch makeup and wears a costume that would scare the pants off any little kid. My daughter was afraid to visit her after that incident! CariLou would sit out on her front step with candles flickering, pumpkins carved all around and invite you inside for some hot cider and goodies.

Each year she would be thinking up some new project to sew. I guess one year she wanted to get the whole neighborhood involved and devised this game. It is supposed to be started days before Halloween.

Ok. I know it's not time yet, but just to get you thinking early of ideas, considering the stores put out bathing suits in the middle of winter. Here's to CariLou.

Hilarious JOEY on Pyramid

My Friend All Dressed Up

She's a devil
She's a devil

Here's the Original Letter

Cake Decoration

Cupcake topper of smiling ghost.
Cupcake topper of smiling ghost.

Cake Decoration

Cupcake decoration of smiling cat
Cupcake decoration of smiling cat

How To Play - The Rules

This is the letter I found

The Neighborhood Ghost Game

"Please read all of this note, it’s very important. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to play the game. What game? You’ve just been haunted! I’ve just heard about it and it sounds like lots of fun. Here’s how to play:

  • You copy this note twice. You can copy and paste this, then just print out.
  • Give a treat, a ghost, and the letter to two different families in the neighborhood with instructions to hang the ghost outside the house in a visible location.
  • The families you gave the treats to will hang the ghost by their front door.

You have to do that after you get this message and the ghost must be visible so that people know they’ve been haunted. The family will give this letter, a ghost, and a treat to another family. This continues until everyone in the neighborhood has a ghost by their door, which is the object of the game.

  • Please hang the ghost by your door or in a visible spot outside your house so you don’t get haunted twice.
  • You have to put the treat outside the front door, ring the doorbell, and hide before the door opens.
  • If you’re caught in the act the surprise is ruined.
  • After you hear the door close, wait a few minutes and then you can go.

The object of the game is for everyone in the neighborhood to have a ghost outside their door by Halloween. I hope you wish to play.

Enjoy the treat and happy haunting.


Your Haunter"

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kwazzy wabbit 8 years ago

cari lou be too scary for me!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Debby Bruck 8 years ago Author

Dear Kwazzy wabbit. I wish I could find a photograph of CariLou all dressed up in her witch costume. Then you would really know! Thanks for visiting October in February.

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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

I enjoy getting into costume for this Holiday still too, and thanks for the cake deco. ideas here. I need more goody ideas for this Holiday.

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello ~ This was in tribute to my friend who moved away. This was "her" favorite holiday!

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


looks fun, unfortunately or fortunately 9 for us adults who like candy)- depends on how you look at things- over the last 5 years -in total I can count the number of trick or treaters on one hand total for the last 5 years i live next to a high school! oh well you gme looked interesting for sure.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Tom ~ Halloween has lost its fervor over the past ten years since the episodes of razor blades in apples, tamper resistant packages and all treats must be wrapped. As kids we went door to door and had home-made apple cider, cookies, etc from people we knew, trusted and even from folks on the block we did not know personally. Times have definitely changed.

Anyway, this hub was in tribute to an old friend, just so I wouldn't lose this memory. And, since I don't eat many sweets and check every product for corn syrup or artificial sweetener the meaning of this holiday has changed. I think kids of all ages now get together and have in-home parties.

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


My kids go to my sisterinlaws neighborhood-last year my 9 yr old was Hulk and mt 12 yr old was "Henry Clay!!"

1/2 the people had no idea who he was even after he told them....ha...TH

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hey Tom ~ That sounds like everyone had fun dressing up; but what were the kids reactions when half the people did not have any idea who they were supposed to be? How did they explain to them? Do your kids watch reruns of the Hulk or do you have old Beta videos? What fun!

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

The hulk costume was easy to spot everyonf knew but Henry clay- they would ask are you a salesman? he would say No I'm Henry Clay- they would look at him like he came from Mars look at me I'd say- "Henry Clay with a polite tilt of the head" JHe would go into a speech on ?Clay..

My wife I I took turns chasing the Hulk and listening to Clays stump speeches after a while he would just say "I'm a politician so you have to give me at least 25% what you have" Then he changed to to him being a Democrat and said "the people had to spread the candy"...

It was interesting to say the least he must have argued with one lady for 5 minutes- while his brother knocked off the culldisack(sp)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

They did not select your typical personalities and it must have been a learning experience to interact with all these people, try to teach them, get an idea over - kind of like playing the Pantomime game - except when others do not have the background information, it becomes impossible to explain. So, what happens is the kiddies tried to find a 'similar' common ground, or else give up and let the others think what they may. Except that one 5 minute pursuit of truth and his brother got the loot. Hope he shared his candy.

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    Debby Bruck, CHOM is a student of Kabbalah and Homeopath. She teaches qigong, healing movement, guided imagery, and meditation. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter.

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