A Family Tradition – Our Ghost Fred

Most people are quite familiar with the mischievous Elf on the Shelf who visits many homes during the Christmas holidays.

We, however, have a mischievous friend who visits during the month of October.

I would like to introduce you to our friendly ghost – Fred.

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Now although he is friendly, his main purpose is to successfully spook another family member.

Once you are spooked, then it is your turn to be the spooker.

Which is why he lurks behind railings.

Or pokes out behind shower curtains.

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Or may take a short nap in your unmade bed.

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And the one spot where my family always successfully spooks me, is when he is off the ground and on my toilet.

Makes me jump. every. single. time.

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Fred was a gift from my good friend Jackie a few years ago.  I think I need to give credit to my sister who originally hid him somewhere to scare me.  Then I started trying to “spook” my girls and they started doing it right back.

As many times as it happens, and even when you know he is around, he still gets ya.

Like when the door is closed to the water closet (the fancy word for saying the little room with the potty), you think- Hmm, why is this closed.  So you open it and you jump every time because he is at a higher height.

Right now, he is in my daughter’s closet.  Hee hee.

Please know, this is not the true “scaring” type of thing – it is the funny “makes you jump”.

In other words, no children or ghosts are harmed during these antics.

By the way, our Elf is also named Fred.

For whatever reason, years ago, my husband started using the name Fred as a term of affection with our girls.

Where other people may say, “Hey Sweetie, could you pass the milk?”.  He says, “Hey Fred, can you pass the milk?”.

We are a quirky little bunch.

But I like us that way.

Thanks for reading!

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Comments

  1. Fred is adorable!!!! ;) great tradition!!!

  2. Cute boy, that Fred. But if anyone’s spooking me they better have a hug and a piece of candy to hand out too!

  3. I need a Fred – maybe he could get together with Hot Tamale – our Elf on the Shelf!
    Kelly

  4. Love it Laura! How fun. And I love the whole Fred story. My husband is quirky like that too. At one point, he added the word “top” at the end of almost anything he said to me … like calling me “linneytop” and asking if we wanted to go out to dinnertop” so we ended up naming our first beagle Topper. Seemed fitting …

    :)

    Linda

  5. Everyone should have a friend named “Fred”…such a nice name…never knew anyone named Fred who wasn’t nice..Loved the story…..you can’t help but smile all the while you are reading…

  6. Fred is so cute! I love the fact that he moves around like the elf! Soooo- cute!

  7. Donna Simmons says:

    Fred is a cutie!! Maybe I should get one of that too..http://www.kardashiantape.org/

  8. Kathy says:

    Very fun!!! Too bad we didn’t have Fred back in our Alexander Hall days ;)

  9. How fun! Quirky sounds like it makes a fun & happy family.
    Debbie :)

  10. Oh I love this! What a cute tradition, I’m sure when they are older they will do the same with their kids:). xo

  11. What a fun family tradition! Especially hiding him around the house for unsuspecting others to find. ( My kids put rubber bugs around the house, but the only one it seems to scare is me.)

  12. Oh my gosh! Please tell me you have a Tricky Turkey for November. Fun, fun! I guess we’ll see something like http://www.ShelfTheElf.com for Fred the Friendly Ghost if this takes off!

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