The 👻 Ghost Emoji And Other 🧞‍♂️ Fantasy Emojis For Kids And Kids At Heart 

Stories fascinate us all our lives. As children, we loved to read fairy tales. Stories filled with humor, suspense, magic, and adventures. Tales of witches and warlocks, princes and princesses, they’d draw us in, transport us to another place, fuel our imagination and make us believe that anything is possible.

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Unfortunately, we lose some playful curiosity and creative imagination we had as kids when we get older. But it doesn’t get lost, forever. When we see fairy tale books or spot fairy tale and fantasy emojis such as the 🦄 Unicorn emoji, 🧝‍♀️ Elf emoji, or even the 👻 Ghost emoji, we go back to when we were kids, lying in bed, waiting for our parents to read fairy tales to us.

 

The Benefits Of Being Childlike

Group of children from mixed racial groups playing in a park on a rustic wooden fence and a rope ladder hanging down from a large tree on a summer day

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Contrary to what most people think, losing our childlike attributes and our childhood sense of wonder can be bad for us. When we were kids, we believed in ourselves and our view of the world was without limitation. As adults, we always think of the negative consequences before they happen! “I can’t do this because what will people say,” or “I can’t do this because I am not good enough,” are some thoughts that would run through our mind.

Girls hugging, two Caucasian girls hugging outside

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According to psycho-educator Fiona Gauntlett, all children are born with the gift of being able to live fully in the present. They are receptive and fully absorbed in their life experiences. So, if we were to analyze this, to live life to the fullest, to unleash one’s full potential, one needs to release one’s inner kid. We know, we know, it sounds a bit cuckoo, but it’s the truth! If you think that’s awkward, a significant way to start would be to use fairy tales and fantasy emojis.

In case you’re thinking, why emojis? What we say to that is.. why not? People of all ages use emojis. Emojis help add context to digital communication. They help us distinguish the tone or mood of a message. Emojis continually give people more ways to creatively express themselves. That said, why don’t we go over a few some popular fantasy emojis to get you started.

 

Ghost Emoji

Ghost emoji, Ghost emoji Apple version

The 👻 Ghost emoji depicts a cartoonish looking figure in white, with a smile on its face. It’s shaped like a teardrop or bubble, and has round black spots for eyes.

You’ll see a lot of the 👻 Ghost emoji on Halloween, but it can also be used when talking about freaky, spooky, and scary stuff. The 👻 Ghost emoji is a kid-friendly interpretation of ghosts and it is different from the ghosts you usually see in horror movies. The 👻 Ghost emoji doesn’t wear gauzy fabric, and he isn’t floating on a hidden passage outside of a bedroom in some huge manor. He is an everyday ghost.

What Makes The 👻 Ghost Emoji So Fun?

It’s great to experiment with because you can use it in so many ways. Thanks to its playful appearance, the 👻 Ghost emoji can be used to convey that someone or something is goofy, fun, wild, weird, or a little crazy. Some people use the 👻 Ghost emoji to refer to their “boo,” an affectionate term for one’s significant other. Most people call their boyfriends and girlfriends “boo,” especially on social media.

Victims of ghosting use the 👻 Ghost emoji to say they’ve been “ghosted.” Dictionary.com defines ghosting as the practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship. Ouch.

Indeed, the 👻 Ghost emoji can mean so many things! A lot of people enjoy posting the 👻 Ghost emoji because it is a cute symbol that can be used in different ways.

How to use the 👻 Ghost emoji:

Casper The Friendly 👻 was my favorite show when I was a kid. I loved the movie, too. My childhood crush, Devon Sawa, played the role of Casper as a human boy.
What happened during the meeting? You look as if you have seen a ghost 👻
I want a new dog! I’ve got my sights set on a Bichon Frise. What a cutie! He’s got such big round eyes, put a blanket on him and he’ll look like a 👻
So this is how it feels to be 👻 I feel like someone has dumped me. I haven’t heard from Mark in weeks! We used to go out every weekend 🙁

 

Fairy Emoji

Fairy emoji, Apple version of the Fairy emoji

The 🧚 Fairy emoji is a cartoon-style depiction of a fairy, a mythical being or legendary creature found in the folklore of European culture. Fairies are supernatural beings and have a variety of magical powers. They use these powers to help or harm humans. They rarely use their powers on other fairies.

The default 🧚 Fairy emoji has a pair of wings, a green tunic, and blonde hair. It comes in three genders, and 5 choices of skin tone. In terms of gender, there’s a 🧚‍♂️ Male Fairy🧚‍♀️ Female Fairy, and the gender-neutral fairy. The gender-neutral version first appeared in an Apple software update last November.

With skin color, the three Fairy emojis have the same skin tone as modifiers. They are the 🧚🏻‍♀️ Light Skin Tone Fairy emoji, 🧚🏼‍♀️ Medium-Light Skin Tone Fairy emoji, 🧚🏽‍♀️ Medium Skin Tone Fairy emoji, 🧚🏾‍♀️ Medium-Dark Skin Tone Fairy emoji, and 🧚🏿‍♀️ Dark Skin Tone Fairy emoji.

Since fairies are small, magical creatures that are most commonly connected to nature,  when people want to say they’re a nature lover, they post the 🧚 Fairy emoji together with an 🌲 Evergreen Tree emoji. Want to show someone you’re adding an extra bit of magic to their day? Send 🧚 the Fairy emoji with the ✨ Sparkles emoji!

How to use the 🧚 Fairy emoji:

I love nature so much, my dream is to live by the beach and spend many weekends in a cabin by the woods 🧚 🌲
When I need to make a big decision, I go to the beach to clear my head. I feel more connected and at peace with the world when I’m beside nature 🧚 ✨

 

Elf Emoji

Elj emoji, Apple version of the Elj emoji

The 🧝‍♀️ Elf emoji is an image of an elf, a human-like supernatural being with long ears and overlong hair. They possess magical powers and are easy on the eyes. Elves live long, youthful lives and are brilliant. This emoji has two gender symbol variations, the 🧝 Male Elf emoji and the 🧝‍♀️ Female Elf emoji. The three Elf emojis are also available in five skin tones, namely 🧝🏻 Light Skin Tone Elf emoji, 🧝🏼 Medium-Light Skin Tone Elf emoji, 🧝🏽 Medium Skin Tone Elf emoji, 🧝🏾 Medium-Dark Skin Tone Elf emoji, and 🧝🏿 Dark Skin Tone Elf emoji.

🧝‍♀️ Female Elf And 🧝 Male Elf Emojis

The 🧝‍♀️ Female Elf emoji is a female version of the 🧝 Elf emoji. Women elves are nurturers and healers of their kingdom. If you are the healer in your family or circle of friends, send the relative or friend who is hurting a Female elf emoji with the 🏥 Hospital emoji to show that you will always be there for them.

Female elves are also warriors in their own land. If you want to show that as graceful as an elf, you won’t back down from a fight, send the 🧝‍♀️Female Elf emoji, and post it beside a 🔪 Kitchen Knife emoji or another type of weapon.

The 🧝 Male Elf emoji is a male version of the 🧝 Elf emoji. Male elves are the major warriors of the elven species. If you are the warrior type, ready to fight to protect your friends and family, send this emoji with the ⚔️ Crossed Swords emoji. However, like the 🧝‍♀️ Female Elf emoji, the  🧝 Male Elf dabble in healing and protecting nature, too. If you want to say, “I love nature so much I will do anything and everything to love and protect it, post the 🧝 Male Elf emoji together with a flower emoji such as a 🌸 Cherry Blossom emoji or 🌺 Hibiscus emoji.

How to use the 🧝‍♀️ Elf emoji:

I know you’ve been feeling depressed lately. If you want to talk about anything that may bother you, remember I’m just a Facebook message away 🧝‍♀️ 🏥
I think the last movie in the Lord Of The Rings series had the most scenes with 🧝
I heard that my son got attacked by bullies today. They all got called to the principal’s office. They better not get near my son again or my 🧝‍♀️ 🔪 will come out!
Every year, I plant one tree for my birthday. It’s how I give back to mother nature. We only have one planet, let’s take care of mother nature the same way she takes care of us 🧝 🌸

 

Mermaid Emoji

Mermaid emoji, Apple version of the Mermaid emoji

The 🧜‍♀️ Mermaid emoji is a cartoon drawing of a mermaid, an aquatic creature with the head and body of a woman and the tail of a fish. Mermaids are a part of the folklore of many European, Asian, American, and African cultures.

For many years, they’ve captured the imagination of the public because of their attractive appearance and magical powers. In myths and legends, mermaids have the power to control the sea and can cast a spell by singing or staring at a human. This emoji appears in five unique skin tones, 🧜🏻‍♀️ Light Skin Tone Mermaid emoji, 🧜🏼‍♀️ Medium-Light Skin Tone Mermaid emoji, 🧜🏽‍♀️ Medium Skin Tone Mermaid emoji, 🧜🏾‍♀️ Medium-Dark Skin Tone Mermaid emoji, and 🧜🏿‍♀️ Dark Skin Tone Mermaid emoji.

People who love to swim use the 🧜‍♀️ Mermaid emoji to say they swim like a mermaid.

Think you have a nice, mermaid-worthy voice? Use the 🧜‍♀️ Mermaid emoji and the 🎵 Musical Note emoji to tell everyone about that. People might ask you to give a sample or too, so you better be ready to sing for proof!

How to use the 🧜‍♀️ Mermaid emoji:

I’m convinced my niece Jada is secretly a 🧜‍♀️. She’s been in the pool since 9 am this morning!
Glee’s Lea Michele’s voice is so sweet, clear, and enchanting, she’d make an awesome 🧜‍♀️ She’s quite pretty, too!

 

Merman Emoji

Apple version of the Merman emoji

The 🧜‍♂️ Merman emoji is the male version of the 🧜‍♀️ Mermaid emoji. Mermen look like men from the waist up, but are fish-like from the waist down. The 🧜‍♂️ Merman emoji is often depicted with a trident in its hand. The trident is the weapon of Poseidon or Neptune, the God Of The Sea in classic mythology. Mermen are not as popular as mermaids, but they represent the same ocean and sea life.

Always in need of vitamin sea? Send the 🧜‍♂️ Merman emoji along with the 🌊 Water Wave emoji to show how much you love for the sea.

Out in the ocean on a ship or on a boat? Hoping to set your sights on an honest to goodness merman? Post the 🚢 Ship emoji along with the 🧜‍♂️ Merman emoji to get your point across.

How to use the 🧜‍♂️ Merman emoji:

My favorite Disney character is King Triton, the Sea King in Little Mermaid. That’s how much I love 🧜‍♂️!
When I was a kid I’d dress up as a 🧜‍♂️ That’s how much I love the beach.
I was hoping to catch a glimpse of a 🧜‍♂️ while on the 🚢 but I didn’t get to see any.

 

Ogre Emoji

Ogre emoji, Apple version of the Ogre emoji

The 👹 Ogre emoji shows the face of a traditional Japanese ogre called the Oni. Depictions of Oni differ, but mostly, they are portrayed as a monstrous red face with a shaggy mane of hair, sharp fangs, an enormous nose, wide eyes, and two horns. The 👹 Ogre emoji is commonly used to express anger due to his red face.

Different Meanings Of The 👹 Ogre Emoji

To sum it up, the 👹 Ogre emoji represents things that are scary, or grotesque. Did you know that the 👹 Ogre emoji and the 👻 Ghost emoji have several things in common? They’re both symbols that look like their TV, movie, or literary counterparts.

For example, in 1972, Japanese director Kihachiro Kawamoto made a movie titled “The Demon.” The story revolved around two hunter brothers who discover an Oni living deep in the mountains. Meanwhile, the depiction of the ghost in the 👻 Ghost emoji is like the popular cartoon, “Casper The Friendly Ghost.’

When you use the 👹 Ogre emoji, be careful to not mix it up with the 👿 Devil emoji. Plenty of emoji users think the 👹 Ogre emoji is an emoji of a devil. It’s easy to get them confused,  though. They are both red, they’ve both got two horns, and they’ve both got fangs.

How to use the 👹 Ogre emoji:

When I see people not wear the proper face mask, I turn into this 👹 We’re in the middle of a pandemic, and yet people are still thinking only of themselves.
While the Shrek movies are popular, they aren’t the only movies to feature 👹. I remember watching a movie called Ogre, an American-Canadian horror film aired on the Syfy Channel. It scared me a lot! In order for the town to prevent a horrible plague from occurring, humans were sacrificed to an 👹

 

Unicorn Emoji

Unicorn emoji, Apple version of the Unicorn emoji

The 🦄 Unicorn emoji is a cartoon-styled depiction of a unicorn, a mythical white horse with a yellow or rainbow-colored horn, and a pink or purple mane. In many paintings, and in pop culture, they have wings. Unicorns are thought of as virtuous, and people believe that they appear only to those with pure hearts or to those on a mission for good. These magical creatures can grant wishes and carry qualities of love, peace, and gentleness wherever they may go.

Different Meanings Of The 🦄 Unicorn Emoji

People use the 🦄 Unicorn emoji when they encounter someone who is trying desperately to convince you that something is fake when it is actually real. You’ll spot the 🦄 Unicorn emoji in topics related to fantasy, whimsy, love, peace, uniqueness, and specialness.

A unicorn can refer to a woman or man, and is usually used to describe someone who is “too good to be true.” He or she is a rare find, i.e., you won’t find someone like him or her, just anywhere. You’ll also spot the 🦄 Unicorn emoji in various other contents related to the LGBT community one reason being the unicorn’s mane and the LGBT pride flag both contain rainbow colors. They first became prominent in the 1970s and 198os, and was a frequently seen sign in many gay rights protests.

Sometimes people use the 🦄 Unicorn emoji to describe a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion dollars. Some examples of popular unicorn businesses are Airbnb, Stripe, and Palantir Technologies. If you ever find yourself in a conversation with a businessman or tech professional, and they talk about unicorns, you’ll know what they’re talking about. And it’s not Lisa Frank!

How to use the 🦄 Unicorn emoji:

Girl: What made you stop dating so many women at once?
Guy: I met a 🦄 named Anna. She’s beautiful, kind, sweet, and smart. She inspired me to change my ways. I’m a loyal man now, can you believe it?

To own a 🦄 company as big as SpaceX or DoorDash, that’s every entrepreneur’s dream.
Angela can be quite the 🦄 when the topic turns to ghosts. She still thinks they don’t exist! I’ve had too many real-life spooky experiences to say that they ‘re not real.

 

Male Vampire Emoji

Vampire emoji, Apple version of the Vampire emoji

The 🧛‍♂️ Male Vampire emoji is a graphical representation of a vampire, a creature with fangs that preys upon humans by consuming their blood. This emoji is like the 👻 Ghost emoji in two big ways – it looks like its pop-culture counterpart and is a major fixture in many horror-themed TV shows and movies.

The 🧛‍♂️ Male Vampire emoji supports five skin tones, 🧛🏻‍♂️ Light Skin Tone Male Vampire emoji, 🧛🏼‍♂️ Medium-Light Skin Tone Male Vampire emoji, 🧛🏽‍♂️ Medium Skin Tone Male Vampire emoji, 🧛🏾‍♂️ Medium-Dark Skin Tone Male Vampire emoji, and 🧛🏿‍♂️ Dark Skin Tone Male Vampire emoji. It also supports one other gender, the female gender, the 🧛‍♀️ Female Vampire emoji.

The  🧛‍♂️ Male Vampire emoji appears in topics related to Halloween, horror, and scary movies. You would most likely use this emoji in conversations about blood, especially when paired with the 💉 Syringe emoji. Since vampires can be awake only at night, you can also use the 🧛‍♂️ Male Vampire emoji to say you’re more of a “night person,” or you’re more alert at night than in the daytime. To say what you want to say in a clearer way, put the 🌃 Night With Stars emoji and the 🌕 Full Moon emoji with the 🧛‍♂️ Male Vampire emoji.

How to use the 🧛‍♂️ Male Vampire emoji:

I think I am half 🧛‍♂️ no matter how many sleeping pills I take, the earliest I feel sleepy is at 3 am! Would you believe that?
When they tried to get 🩸 from me, they had a hard time finding my veins. They probably thought I was a 🧛‍♂️

 

Genie Emoji

Genie emoji, Genie, Apple's Genie emoji

A 🧞 Genie emoji is a colored illustration of a genie, a supernatural being that lives in a lamp. Genies are known for their power to grant three wishes. Genies grant three wishes to the person who has control over their lamp. This emoji does not contain skin tone modifiers, but it has one gender variant, the 🧞‍♀️ Female Genie emoji.

The 🧞 Genie emoji usually appears in conversations about magic, wishes, and magical powers. They frequently occur as characters or plot elements in fictional works of art. The image most people have of genies comes from the animated Disney classic “Aladdin,” or from the 1960s sitcom “I Dream Of Jeannie.” In “I Dream Of Jeannie,”  a 2,000-year-old genie falls in love and eventually marries her master, astronaut Captain Tony Nelson of the United States Air Force.

Alternatively, when you want to tell someone you’ll be there for them as quick as a genie granting wishes, post a 🧞 Genie emoji beside a ✨ Sparkle emoji or 🍾 Bottle Popping Cork emoji to represent your magic lamp and how fast you’ll be there to help him or her.

How to use the 🧞 Genie emoji:

I dreamt I met a 🧞 who gave me three wishes. Instead of giving three wishes, I asked for more wishes. I think I was rather selfish in those dreams, hahaha!
Losing a parent can be tough. Please know that I’m here for you, always. Just like a 🧞, all you have to do is call my name, and I’ll be there. Yes, that fast! 🍾

 

Goblin Emoji

Goblin emoji, Apple's Goblin emoji

The 👺 Goblin emoji is a colored photo of the Japanese goblin Tengu. You better not mess with a Tengu because many Tengu are malevolent towards humans. They can fool you in the blink of an eye! They’re master shape-shifters and can take many forms. According to legend, the most powerful of all Tengu live on top of mountains and have dominion over the entire mountain – the less powerful Tengu are not as godlike as the main Tengu, but are still formidable once angered or provoked. You’ve been warned!

Different Meanings Of The 👺 Goblin Emoji

People commonly use the 👺 Goblin emoji to suggest evil, mischief, naughtiness, or to express anger. Most Japanese netizens use the 👺 Goblin emoji to call someone out as conceited or arrogant. When they do this, they’re saying they’re comparing the person to a Tengu who is naturally mean and arrogant. They’re saying the person is as arrogant as a Tengu.

Tengu’s long nose is also associated with lying. This could probably be because the Tengu’s nose is similar to the one Pinocchio has. The scary, red face of the 👺 Goblin emoji also lends to expressions of hate or frustration. If you’re mad or frustrated at something or someone, place a 👺 Goblin emoji at the end of your rant to give a more dramatic effect.

 

Zombie Emoji

Apple's Zombie emoji, Apple version of the Zombie emoji

The 🧟 Zombie emoji is an illustration of a zombie, a dead person brought back to life supernaturally. Zombies cannot think, possess zero human qualities, and eat and attack human beings. The zombie emoji has a male and female variant. In terms of physical appearance, the 🧟‍♀️ Female Zombie has longer hair, while the 🧟‍♂️ Male Zombie has shorter hair.

Netizens use the 🧟 Zombie emoji to describe someone who is lifeless and unfeeling. There is also the literal use of the 🧟 Zombie emoji, you’ll see a lot of the 🧟 Zombie emoji in posts related to zombies and other supernatural creatures.

How to use the 🧟 Zombie emoji:

Harry worked on the presentation all night. Can you believe he is still at it? I saw him walking into the office looking like a literal 🧟 with a cup of coffee in his hand.
I just finished the most recent season of The Walking Dead. Another character died, but I’m not saying who. Damn, those 🧟 are savage!

 

Mage Emoji

Mage emoji, Apple's Mage emoji, Mage, Mage drawing

The 🧙 Mage emoji is a cartoon style depiction of a mage. A mage is a practitioner of magic, or someone who uses magic derived from occult or supernatural sources. The Mage emoji is wearing a robe, hood beard, and staff. This emoji has two gender variants, the 🧙 Male Mage and the 🧙‍♀️ Female Mage.

If you love fantasy, then this will be a popular emoji for you to use. You’ll spot this emoji in conversations related to magic, spells, witchcraft, and other supernatural topics.

How to use the 🧙 Mage emoji:

I will be binge-watching all the Harry Potter movies this weekend 🧙‍♀️ here I come! I can’t wait!

 

Alien Emoji

Alien emoji, Apple's Alien emoji, Apple version of the Alien emoji

The 👽 Alien emoji is a picture of a gray or green alien, with big, black eyes and a small, friendly smile. Following the pattern of the 👻 Ghost emoji and the 🧛‍♂️ Vampire emoji, the physical appearance of the 👽 Alien emoji is similar to how aliens are depicted in TV series and movies.

Netizens use the 👽Alien emoji in topics related to extraterrestrial life and outer space. It commonly conveys a playful strangeness or weirdness, as if something or someone is out there, not of this world, or is from another planet.

How to use the 👽 Alien emoji:

I think I saw some flying saucers out there 👽
When Anne starts talking about conspiracy theories, I want to say 👽 alert! It’s because I don’t know where she gets these ideas, to be honest!

 

Robot Emoji

Robot emoji , Apple's Robot emoji, Apple version of the Robot emoji

The 🤖 Robot emoji is an illustration of a classic robot. Commonly depicted as a tin robot with knobs for ears, circular eyes, and an antenna on top of its head. The 🤖 Robot emoji’s color may differ from platform to platform, but its head is metallic on most platforms.

You’ll usually see the 🤖 Robot emoji in topics about robotics, electronics, computer programming, science fiction, and futurism. People use it to convey a sense of weirdness, fun, alarm, surprise, and excitement in their emails and social media posts.

How to use the 🤖 Robot emoji:

Scientists predicted 2020 would be full of 🤖  and flying cars. Where are they?

 

Baby Angel Emoji

Baby Angel emoji, Apple version of the Baby Angel emoji

When you look for the 👼 Baby Angel emoji, you will see a colored illustration of a cherub, a winged angelic being who is a direct assistant to God. In the Bible, cherubims or cherubs are angelic beings involved in the praise and worship of God.

The 👼 Baby Angel emoji is used in reference to religion and signifies being good or without fault. A 👼 Baby Angel is used to express exemplary or outstanding behavior and a lack of involvement in evil or naughty acts. When you use the 👼 Baby Angel emoji, it’s as if you’re saying, “I did not do that, I am as good or as innocent as an angel.”

How to use the 👼 Baby Angel emoji:

I’m making a conscious effort to be a better person 👼 When my friends asked me if I would like to go partying with them tonight, I said no, because I want to be at church tomorrow.

 

Conclusion

Kids walking down the street, playing

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As adults, we often think more years of experience means being wiser and more learned. However, if we were to take time to observe the behavior of kids, we will come to realize that children know a lot we don’t. One big example of this is how they see life. To many, it’s as life comes so naturally to them. When kids fall down while walking in the street, they cry a bit, remove the dust from their knees, and start walking again.

 

Live Like A Kid

But as we grow older, we look at life in a more complex way. Without a doubt, for many, life is complex. Really complex. But it isn’t always healthy to see life in that manner. Many life coaches and authors of self-improvement books advise that it is healthy to simplify life. We need to remove the unnecessary facets of life that cause us worry, stress and undue concern. In other words, we need to be like kids! Come to think of it, with all the terrible things happening in the world, to reconnect with one’s inner child could be just the thing we need to heal ourselves, and eventually, to heal the world.