The Closest Ghost

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The Closest Ghost
Designed by Andrew Looney
A simple game played with pieces of candy
:Players Players: 2
:Time Length: Fast
:Complexity Complexity: Simple
Trios per color: 3
Number of colors: 3
Pyramid trios:
Monochr. stashes:
Five-color sets:
- - - - - - Other equipment - - - - - -
Setup time:
Playing time:
Strategy depth: Low
Random chance: None
Game mechanics:
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BGG Link: The Closest Ghost
Status: Complete (v1.0), Year released: 2019

The Closest Ghost is a simple two-player game designed to be played with candy as game pieces. The first player to whose side of the board is clear of candy is the winner.

What You will Need

Ghosts :L :L :L
Trick-or-Treaters ::S ::S
Boards :Ludo :Ludo
Candy ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙
⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙ ⊙


Be the first player whose side of the board has been cleared of candy.


You and a friend are out trick-or-treating. You enter a haunted house and are soon frightened by a ghost. You both spill your bags of candy onto the floor. You race to pick the candy up and escape to safety.


Step 1: Place the two boards such that they touch each other at one edge. Place your color of pyramid in the center of your board. Surround your pyramid with candies.


Step 2: Place two of the ghosts on the squares with corner dots, covering up the candy pieces. Then determine who will go first. The player who will go second chooses where to place the third ghost.



Turns alternate. A turn consists of two parts:

  • Moving your trick-or-treater
  • Moving a ghost

Moving your trick-or-treater On your turn, move your colored pyramid one space. You must move it in a direction shown by one of the arrows printed on the space it's standing in, and you can follow arrows pointing off the board to wrap around to the other side. You cannot enter a space occupied by a ghost. You must move your piece unless it's trapped. If the piece you land on contains a piece of candy, pick it up and eat it (or set it aside).

Moving a ghost Look for the closest ghost to where your trick-or-treater landed. Determine this by movement spaces from your trick-or-treater (not counting wraparound). Move this ghost one space in any direction, making sure it lands in a space by itself or a space occupied only by a piece of candy.

Game End

The game ends when one player's board has been entirely emptied of candy. That player wins.


This game was released by Looney Labs in December 2019 as their annual Holiday Gift.

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