We were hit by "The Phantom Ghost" this evening. I am glad we got it early this year because last year we got it 4 days before Halloween and it took us 20 minutes to find 2 neighbors who hadn't gotten it yet. Jordan went trolling the neighborhood this evening to see who he wants to get the "Ghost" next (tomorrow night).
What's "The Phantom Ghost" you ask? It's a fun activity that our neighborhood has been doing for about 5 years now. This evening we were sitting around watching TV and the doorbell rang. It was rather late (about 9pm-ish) and we couldn't figure out who it could possibly be. So, we all jumped up and scurried to the door. Low and behold on the porch sat a bag of candy (snickers), tucked half way underneath the bag of candy were two pieces of paper. One piece had a picture of a ghost, the Phantom (a cute kid friendly one), and the other piece had this poem ...
The Phantom Ghost
The Phantom Ghost has come to town,
To leave some goodies as I see you've found.
If you do not wish a curse to fall,
Continue this greeting, this phantom call.
First, place this Phantom where it can be seen,
And leave it there 'til Halloween.
This will scare other Phantoms who may try to call,
Be sure to participate - you'll have a ball!
Second, make 2 treats, 2 Phantoms, and 2 notes like this,
Deliver them to 2 neighbors who might have been missed.
Don't let them see you, be sneaky and quick,
The hardest part is deciding whose house to pick.
Third, leave at the door where there is no light,
Ring the doorbell, run, stay out of sight.
Be happy, have fun and come join the season,
The best kind of tricks are the ones that are pleasin'.
And remember this one very important fact,
YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DAY TO ACT!
It's a fun little activity and it's always fun to drive around the neighborhood to see who's been hit yet. We started seeing the Phantom up in windows this weekend. And Jordan kept saying he hoped we didn't get it late like last year. When we figured out what the ringing of the doorbell was Jordan was acting like a kid on Christmas.
He insisted that he leave, that very minute, to drive around to see who he was going to give his 2 treats to. So, I have the fun task of making 2 copies of the poem, and 2 copies of the Phantom, and going to buy 2 bags of candy. Jordan wants a bad of Reese's and a bag of Junior Mints.
In years past Jordan hasn't really be involved in the delivering of the Phantom, but last year he wanted to be. And this year, when we saw the first Phantom on Saturday, he immediately said he wanted to be one who did it all (picked the houses & treats). He is a hoot.
We've got our Phantom hanging (taped) up on the frontroom window, for all to see that we've been visited, so everyone can see that he's already here and so he won't come again. I have no idea who started this whole "Phantom Ghost" thing, but it's been such a fun activity that's been going on in our neighnorhood for 5 years now, and it's something we've been looking forward to each year since.
If you don't have a "Phantom Ghost" in your neighborhood please think about starting one. It's fun to see the excitement on all the kids' (both young and old) faces when they've been visited.
It's late ... nite.