What is the ‘ghost trend’ on TikTok?

TikTok’s “ghost trend” is a bittersweet way of remembering the people you’ve moved on from. 

The challenge is simple. All you have to do is dig up some old photos and draw a cartoon ghost over anyone with whom you’re no longer in contact. It’s a unique and even somber way to feel nostalgic for those who will remain in the past.

The ghost trend on TikTok

The hashtag #ghosttrend currently has over 141 million views on TikTok. 


(sad) part of growing up

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TikToker @kieu4nh_ called the ghost trend a “sad part of growing up” as she looked back at all the friendships she left behind


thank you for all the memories but i‘m ready to move on 🙂 #ghosttrend

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“Thank you for all the memories but I‘m ready to move on,” @whosdala wrote in a caption


People come and go, and you can only be grateful for the good times #cinematography #ghosttrend #losingfriends

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Beatrice Harrods took a different approach and drew on physical copies of her photos. 

“People come and go, and you can only be grateful for the good times,” she wrote in the caption, adding in the comments section, “I’ve been crying for two days over this trend. What would you say to the people who disappeared from your life?” 

How to do the ghost trend on TikTok

The easiest way to edit your photo is to use the Snapchat app. 

Step 1: Hit the “Memories” tab in Snapchat and select “Camera roll.” 

Step 2: Choose the image you want to edit.

Step 3: Click “Edit” on the bottom left corner. 

Step 4: Use the “Pen” tool to draw ghosts over your photo. Most people use a simple white ghost with a black outline. 

Step 5: Tap “Share” to download your edited photo so you can upload it on TikTok. 

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