And I believe it will be fun for a family to do together. It reminded me of rolling but not a big mess.
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I posted the Ghost It Forward on my facebook page since I have all of my family from all over the
Big lesson learned. Do not assume everyone saw the movie Pay It Forward. Do not assume everyone has heard of ghosting. In fact, for people who had not known about Pay It Forward or ghosting, the idea is more powerful in some ways.
I wish we could have a few minute video of 10-15 second clips of all sorts of people showing what they are ghosting forward and why.
I did my "ghosting" tonight, and I felt like a kid again! For my ghosts, I choose to take white fabric, cut it out in 10 inch circles and drape large suckers to form ghosts. I used orange ribbong to tie around the ghosts necks to give it a Fall Feel, and then attached the directions to the end of one side of the ribbon. I "ghosted" 3 of my neighbors and hid in my house and watched them as they were surprised by their little treats. Two of the Three already have their ghosts hanging from their houses.
What a great idea and wonderful experience for me!
Jennifer A Hartline
All men are driven by faith or fear - one or the other - for both are the same. Faith or fear is the expectation of an event that hasn't come to pass or belief in something that cannot be seen or touched. A man of fear lives always on the edge of insanity. A man of faith lives in a perpetual reward.
I was looking for something for my cub scouts to do at their meeting this week. We’re going Ghosting. Well, we’ll make up the bags and the boys can Ghost on their way home with their adult partner. I’m not sure exactly what is going in the bags as I will have to run to the store for a few ideas. I hope the boys are as excited as I am!!!!
If you can’t tell, you’ve gotten me excited about this project.
Melony in VA
|If you are the parent of a elementary school aged boy then you know that playing "tricks" is ranks very high with this age group. This is especially true when Halloween rolls around. The nice thing about this age group is that for all the devilment they secretly desire they also have hearts that are equal in size. Ghosting It Forward is the perfect balance of "trick and treat" for my son. He is already planning the treats he wants to use and the ideal outfit for sneaking away from the "ghosting" scene unnoticed. |
We just moved to a new neighborhood and are only beginning to get to know our new neighbors. Thus far everyone in the surrounding area has been so kind with offers of help and plates of cookies that we can't wait to return the kindness. Ghosting It Forward is exactly the way I prefer to offer an unexpected token of my thankfulness for great neighbors. Having lived in a less than friendly neighborhood prior to moving I know first hand how so many people take for granted a good neighbor.
We will be Ghosting It Forward this year not only to give my son the "trick and treat" his boyish spirit needs but also to express our thankfulness for our new home and the people who live in it.
From D in Portland, OR
Why should we Ghost it Forward?
Imagine how it feels to find a small surprise at your front door, realizing that someone thought of you and wanted to bring a smile to your face. Now, think about how it would feel to be the person who brings a smile to an entire neighborhood!
Ghosting it Forward is about spreading positive thoughts and brightening someone’s day. And the best part is - it multiplies! You send a “Ghosting package” to three o f your friends and/or neighbors, and each will in turn send packages to three more people. Quickly, this becomes a chain reaction of good will and feelings throughout your neighborhood and hopefully beyond.
Now you’ve accomplished two things: You’ve made others feel good and you feel good about what you’ve done. How often in our everyday lives do we get a chance like that?
What if I can’t afford to participate?
Ghosting it Forward is about thoughts, not expense. Be creative! Your ghost package can be anything from an email to a bag of goodies - maybe even a pumpkin! The vision behind the Ghosting it Forward program is to spread something positive. What is most important is that the Ghosting it Forward recipient will have a smile on their face, knowing that someone thinks about them and cares about how they feel.
Can I involve my children in the process?
Absolutely! We encourage every parent to introduce this project to their children and work together with them to make the packages. Not only is this a fun Halloween activity, but it’s also an opportunity to expose them to the endless rewards of giving something positive to another person. They can help decide what goes into the package, write a poem to include, draw a ghost picture, decorate the bags, or even make a craft!
Help! I want to participate, but I am NOT the creative type. Can I still do this?
Again, absolutely! You don’t have to be an artist, a poet, or master craftsperson to join in the fun. All you have to do is give people the positive thoughts you have for them. Try writing a direct and honest letter or email telling someone what you appreciate about them. Remain anonymous if you like. That person will still pick up that note and see that they make a difference in the world. They’ll take it from there!
We got the kids involved by letting them help choose the gift and who to give it to in the neighborhood. We wanted them to be part of the giving.
We decided on a small orange Halloween bucket with a ghost candle holder inside and a fake candle to light it all up. Not expensive and something that could be used again and again.
The girls are out ghosting as I type this email. They’re very enthusiastic about the activity.
Overall, it’s been a great experience and we’ve gotten joy in spreading some holiday joy.
What a great idea!
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I live in a neighborhood that is still under constructions. There are always people moving to this area, and in my neighborhood. I was able to get two $5.00 gift cards from Chile’s Restaurant (one for each family). Chile’s liked giving them b/c they knew it would get the family into the restaurant and they will definitely spend more than $5. And this will be my way of welcoming them to the neighborhood (even though it is anonymous).
I also did two other families besides the new residents. I bought cute Fall themed handtowels. I put them in a bag along with some Reese’s cups and my letter.
For each family I printed out a ghost that is holding a welcome sign. I edited the sign to say “Have a Boo-tiful Day”. I then taped the ghost to cardboard and cut it out and put an orange ribbon through it. I used the ribbon to tie the ghost to the goodie bag. Also, my instructions tell them to hang their ghost on their doorknob with the same ribbon.
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An idea for virtually Ghosting It Forward via email could be sending a gift certificate code or a gift subscription to a service or club to someone as part of the gift package. And in addition to their gift, you could send them an e-card with a picture of a ghost along with a note or message, and instructions on how to Pay It Forward to someone else. To let others know if you, yourself, have been Ghosted, and in order to help spread the word, you could include a short note about it in your email signature, letting people know more about what this is, and if you in fact have already been Ghosted or not.