Have You Been Ghosted?


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Back in the early days of television, “ghosting” was what happened when a double image appeared on the screen. To law enforcement, “ghosting”  means identity theft. A computer repair person might use “ghosting” to restore your hard drive.

In Verona, it means that bag of candy that got left on your doorstep last night, along with a semi-ominous note instructing you to put candy and a note on someone else’s stoop ASAP. The earliest reference to Halloween ghosting that I found on the Internet was 2006, though it’s anybody’s guess how it got started or why we need more candy for a holiday that already generates quite a lot. Whatever the reason, the ghosting seems to have started even earlier this year in Verona than last.

Did you get ghosted? Have you been ghosting? Let us know in the Comments field below.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. Yes and Yes! Just be glad Verona doesn’t have “flocking” (Although it’s not a bad idea for a fundraiser).

  2. Ive been ghosted, I’ve ghosted and one night candy was left for my daughter at our front door just to spead the Halloween cheer – it was left with a cute poem explaining that we didn’t have to ghost anyone that they just wanted to spread the halloween spirit – think I’ll do that next year!


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