In Re: “Ghosts” Ghosts, as “Hide and Seek” cannot be reasonably played in a car while travelling, but “Ghosts”, as a word game can be. Basically, someone names a letter, any letter, say, for example, “G”. The next person (this can be played with as few as two people) has to add a letter to the first letter, say “h” (all letters have to, ultimately, lead to a “real word”. Adding “x” to a “G” is unacceptable unless you know of a word that starts “Gx”, I don’t). The loser of the game is the one who finally forms a word of at least 4 letters. So, the 3rd person says “o”, the next “s”, and the last, and loser, says “t”. The loser gets a “G” after his/her first loss, an “h” after the second, etc., when they have spelled “Ghost”, they are out of the game, the game continues until all but one have spelled “Ghost” There is another version of this game called “Superghosts”, in this version the letters can be added to the front as well as the back (1st “G”, 2nd “h” [gh], 3rd “a” [agh}.
This is truly an amazing website! I was looking at another discussion group (on another site) that was trying to recall childhood games, and first thought was of Skelly! A little internet searching and VOILA! Here’s a whole discussion devoted to it. After reading through all the messages and memories, I guess it’s time I chimed in with what I can recall from the game in Baltimore, MD circa 1970-75. The board (drawn with chalk) typically occupied most of the street (within the bounds of cars parked on both sides). Plastic and metal twist-off caps were usually used; filler material of choice: asphalt, heated by a hot summer sun. A number of years ago, while in college, I asked my friend Nate about Skelly and what he remembered. I’ll never forget, he went to the blackboard during a study break and drew a complete Skelly board. If memory serves me correctly, it’s basically what McNally has, although I’m not recalling the trapezoids around the “13” (Must be gettin’ old ;-). Skelly tournaments were big stuff; winning one and you’d be the most admired kid for blocks. I agree that today’s youth have really missed out on creative play. Playin “It” (tag), “Patty Cake” (Miss Mary Mack, etc.), “Jump Rope” (double dutch, etc.), “Marbles”, “Jacks” (those metal, 6 pointed stars used with a rubber ball) , “Hide and Seek” and others are becoming lost art forms. Not that I don’t mind some of the new games, but what happens when the power’s off? I’m going to do my best to try and save what I can for my kids to enjoy!
I grew up in Queens. My mom, who was from the Bronx, taught us a great game called Sardines. It was the opposite of hide and go seek. The person who was “it” would go out and hide somewhere. Everyone else counted to 50 or whatever, and when time was up, we all went out in separate directions and tried to find the person who was hiding, and when you found the person, you hid with them until everyone eventually is there hiding. The last person to find the group is “it” next. The name of the game makes more sense if the person who is “it” hides in a phone booth or something. Eventually everyone is packed in like a can of sardines!
Yes, we used to play Hide and Seek (less the go). The “it” person had to cover his/her eyes and count to 100, the rest of the group went and hid. Ususally a common place or object was used as the “I’m Free or I’m Home” point. This was where all the rest of the gang, when not immediately sought out by the “it” person, could run fast before being seen (we always played this at nite)by the “it” person. If we got to that point without being “tagged” by the “it” person,then we would not have to become the “it” person for hte next game. Ususally the first to be discovered as to where they were hiding was the next “it” person. When nearly all of the kids were “home free” or the “it” person just gave up trying to find them, or if mom yelled for us to come it as it was getting late, the “it” person would call out “Ally, Ally in come free”, over and over several times. When doing this, all the gang had to face the “home or free” point and close their eyes so they could not see where the other good hiders came from so not to show their hiding positions. This came up just recently, so I had to share. Plus, this friend of mine, from down south, says no no no that is the game of Ghost. I had to disagree. We played a game of Ghost which was while traveling in the car. Does anyone have the “correct” definition of what Ghost is. My friend is ademate he is correct and I am wrong. I would like to hear of other versions of “Ghost”. Thank you!
I remember these games: Freeze tag, tag (lots of versions!), hide and seek, keep away, King of the mountain (on snow-hills in winter, it involved pushing off whoever tries to ‘take over’ the ‘mountain’), red rover (I loved that one!). Some tag stuff: -you had to decide whether or not ‘electricity’ was allowed- whether or not, if someone is on goal, they can grab someone who isn’t and make them ‘safe’. -the rhyme to get people off a goal: “One two three, get off my father’s apple tree or you are it” -I remember kids would call goal different things… I always used to call it glue, and someone called it ghoul! I played these in the 80s/ early 90s
Growing up in Brighton Beach…….we played Hide and Go Seek. We used somebody’s stoop or fence as “home.” Ready or not, here I come…………
My husband and I grew up in Yorkville (now known as the Upper East Side.) We played marbles in the sewer covers, Points on the side of a building, Catch a Flyer Up, War, Cross over Cross Over, Old Mother Witch, Jacks, Rope including Double Dutch, Potsy, made our own Pusho (milk carton with a long stick that had old skates attached to it), stickball, handball, skating on four wheel skates that you had to attach to your shoe toe with a key, sliding down the snow in Central Park on cardboard or tops of garbage cans, swimming in the East River (not me, just my husband and his friends), Hide and Seek. And a myriad of other games whose names I don’t recall at the moment. Our playgrounds were concrete, our slides (sliding ponds), the metal swings were great and we often rode two at a time, one in front one in back and went as high as we could, and it is true some of the kids did jump off the wooden see-saws and left us hitting the ground. Ouch. In the summer the girls had a park lady who taught us how to make baskets. When it rained we went into the park building to play games. We lived near the *Farmer’s Feed Factory* and every day at 4:30 they would blow a whistle which was quitting time and all the kids would run home as it was suppertime. Who needed a watch. Many of the houses did not have steam heat so people would go down to the barges berthed in the East River and *borrow* some coal for their coal stoves. Oh, yes, another thing, we used to make *Hot Mickeys*. We would get a potato and make an *oven* out of coal, wood and leaves. Put the potato directly into the fire and cooked it until it was black. It tasted great! Everyone had their own little oven.
For my tenth birthday, in 1946, my parents surprised me with the best gift of my life, a second-hand bicycle which my older brother had painted bright yellow with red racing stripes. It enabled me to graduate from my well-worn roller skates and to travel beyond the sidewalks. My world had expanded! This priceless bike had no gears or manual brakes, but, with that bike I could join the older kids who would gather at dusk and play hide and go seek …in and out of the alleys that cut through our neighborhood, behind Wilson High in Washington, DC. Open garages were safe spots to hide back then. One summer we made the game a bit more interesting by taking a piece of chalk along and leaving a trail of arrows on sidewalks, trees, and telephone poles… as clues to be followed. An “X” marked the final hiding area, and the game was over when it was too dark to play. A few years later my bike was stolen one night from our garage, and it wasn’t until I bought myself another bike after many years had passed, that I realized once again the joy a bicycle can be….and still is.
I remember Red Light Green Light and statues that was great. How about Red Rover Red Rover let —come over. Round and Round the ice box who he’s pick no one knows – to start hide and seek. Hop scotch. If we dared put a hop scotch on the road we had to scrub it off after we were through with it. Ball Games – Ordinary moving. the we used to play Famous people remember give the initials of the person and the other persons had to guess who it. If you got it you got to be the one giving the initials.