The ghost emoji doesn’t get enough love. Please take a moment and really look at him. No other emoji captures a whimsy, laissez-faire attitude like the ghost. With those playfully raised arms, the stuck out tongue, and yes, even the unsettling different-sized eyes, he expresses an emotion that no emoji has expressed before. I don’t know exactly what this emotion is, but I feel it. The ghost understands me, and I understand him.
However, this spectral sunshine of a boy is drastically underutilized. Only during spooky season does he really get to shine. He deserves more.
So please, rather than reaching for the winking tongue-out emoji (who is far too 2010, and also hideous), the sideways laughing emoji (a grotesque plight on mankind), or the beaming jazz-hands emoji (an absolute gem to be honest; I love them), consider the ghost to express any feelings of whimsy, mischief, or generalized euphoria. It’s what he deserves.
Image: Simer Haer/The Cascade