My family was always big on board games. Several times a month one of us would choose a game and the entire family would sit down and play. Oh, there were the usual selections; Life, Monopoly, Cootie, Candy Land, etc. (depending on that age of the players).
On a shopping trip I noticed a game with skeletons on the box and, of course, I just had to have it. Mom caved in and I was the proud new owner of a game called Mostly Ghostly. I'll admit that at the point of purchase I had no idea how it was played. Nor did I care.
Distributed in 1975 (ugggggg - dating myself...again!) by Cadaco, it was similar to Cootie. The Skeleton consisted of five pieces - the head and torso, two arms and two legs. You would spin the spinner to determine which part of your skeleton you would receive. The first to assemble a complete skeleton won. Oh, and the best part? The skeleton and spinner would glow in the dark so it was lights out to play!
It was a simple concept and the rest of my family grew bored with the game. The moans and groans when it was my turn to choose a game could rival any haunt. No big deal as I would often get it out and play against myself.
Despite my best attempts to take care of the game it got pretty beat up. As I recall, an entire skellie went MIA, likely used as a Halloween decoration by yours truly.
I'm not certain whatever became of it. At one point it was just gone.To this day I honestly believe that there was a family conspiracy brewing and the game was quietly sent to the burn pile while I was occupied with other interests.
Recently I got my hands on a replacement Mostly Ghostly. Absolutely vintage, complete and ready for play. I still love it.
When the family gathers for the holidays we still play board games. The next time we meet I'll be sure to bring this along. I can hear the moans and groans already.