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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
Based onCharacters
by Hanna-Barbera Productions
Developed byTom Ruegger
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producers
ProducerMitch Schauer
Running time22 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
NetworkABC (American Broadcasting Company)
ReleaseSeptember 7 (1985-09-07) –
December 7, 1985 (1985-12-07)
List of Scooby-Doo TV series

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and the seventh incarnation of the studio's Scooby-Doo franchise.[1] It premiered on September 7, 1985 (1985-09-07), and ran for one season on ABC as a half-hour program. Thirteen episodes of the show were made in 1985. It replaced Scary Scooby Funnies, a repackaging of earlier shows; another repackaged series, Scooby's Mystery Funhouse, followed.[2]

The series also aired in reruns on USA Network in the 1990s, on Cartoon Network, and currently on Boomerang. With 13 episodes, it is currently the shortest-running series in the Scooby-Doo franchise. A follow-up film from a different creative team, Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, released in 2019, featured the previously unseen 13th ghost and ended the series. Additionally, the entire series is accessible via the streaming services Boomerang and Tubi.

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This is a warning to all living mortals that whosoever opens this Chest of Demons will release 13 of the most terrifying ghosts upon of the face of the Earth! Only you can return the demons to the chest...because you let them out!

— Vincent Van Ghoul, in the original opening title sequence

In the initial episode, the gang are thrown off course on a trip to Honolulu in Daphne's plane, landing instead in Himalayas. While inside a temple, Scooby and Shaggy are tricked by two bumbling ghosts named Weerd and Bogel into opening the Chest of Demons, a magical artifact that houses the 13 most terrifying and powerful ghosts and demons ever to walk the face of the Earth. As the ghosts can only be returned to the chest by those who originally set them free, Scooby and Shaggy, accompanied by Daphne, Scrappy-Doo, and a young con artist named Flim Flam, embark on a worldwide quest to recapture them before they wreak irreversible havoc upon the world.

Assisting them is Flim Flam's friend, a warlock named Vincent Van Ghoul (based upon and voiced by Vincent Price), who contacts the gang using his crystal ball and often employs magic and witchcraft to assist them. The 13 escaped ghosts, meanwhile, each attempt to do away with the gang lest they are returned to the chest, often employing Weerd and Bogel as lackeys.

Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley were both absent in this incarnation. In Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, it is revealed that they were away at summer camp.


The series was created and produced by Mitch Schauer. Tom Ruegger was associate producer and story editor, the irreverent, fourth wall-breaking humor found in each episode resurfaced in his later works, among them A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Animaniacs.[3] Of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Ruegger recalls not being fond of the Flim-Flam character[3] or the other added characters in the cast.[3] As with most of the other early-1980s Scooby-Doo entries, original characters Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley do not appear, and the enemies were real (within the context of the series) ghosts and not simply humans in costume. 13 Ghosts ended its run after 13 episodes and was replaced by reruns of Laff-a-Lympics in March 1986, before the end of the season.

After a hiatus, Ruegger and ABC decided that they would overhaul the series entirely, developing A Pup Named Scooby-Doo in 1988.[3] At the time of the cancellation, eleven of the thirteen ghosts were recaptured in the chest of demons with the show stopping production before the last ghost could be found. To date, it is the last Scooby-Doo running series to have featured Scrappy-Doo, who was removed as a regular character after the three Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 movies in 1987-8.

A direct-to-video film released in 2019, Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, resolves the open ending of the original and features the entire gang helping Vincent Van Ghoul in capturing the last ghost.[4]

Shaggy and Daphne were both present and were both given new uniforms, Daphne's being more of an 80s style that was fairly similar to that of Charlie's Angels, the headband was removed and she was given bangs. Shaggy had the same clothes, except his color scheme changed to a red T-shirt, baggy blue jeans and brown shoes. A reason for this color change has to this day, not been specified. He would only wear this outfit four more times in the more than three decades since it was introduced, the last appearance being in 2001s Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase as part of the gang's digital counterparts. Hints that this style may be coming back were implied in 2019's Scooby-Doo Return to Zombie Island, where Shaggy is seen wearing a red floral shirt while laying out on a boat.

Voice cast


No.TitleDirected byStory byOriginal air date
1"To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before"Ray PattersonTom RueggerSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07)
After crash-landing in a Himalayan village where its cursed inhabitants become werewolves at night, Scooby and Shaggy unwittingly release the 13 ghosts from the Chest of Demons.
2"Scoobra Kadoobra"Ray PattersonGordon Bressack & Mark SeidenbergSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)

The gang pursues Maldor, a ghost warlock from the Dark Ages, in the depths of a haunted castle. There, they find a powerful artifact that Maldor himself seeks but may also prove the ghost's undoing.

  • Ghost: Maldor the Malevolent
3"Me and My Shadow Demon"Ray PattersonCynthia Friedlob & John SemperSeptember 21, 1985 (1985-09-21)

Lured to the enigmatic Befuddle Manor, the gang must contend with a ghoulish convention of ghosts and the mysterious Shadow Demon led by vampire witch Queen Morbidia.

  • Ghost: Queen Morbidia
4"Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye"Ray PattersonCharles M. Howell, IV & Rich FogelSeptember 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)

While at a Ghost Chaser convention in Marrakesh, Morocco, the gang encounter a mirror demon: a frightful apparition who has the power to trap mortals in his eerie mirror dimension. To complicate the situation, the hotel concierge thinks the gang has kidnapped a maid, although she was actually kidnapped by the demon.

  • Ghost: Reflector Specter (Mirror Demon)
5"That's Monstertainment"Ray PattersonTom Ruegger & Mitch SchauerOctober 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)

The gang is trapped in the classic horror film "The Son of the Bride of the Ghost of Frankenstein" by Zomba, a zombie-like ghoul who attempts to nab the Chest of Demons from Scooby's heavily guarded room.

  • Ghost: Zomba
6"Ship of Ghouls"Ray PattersonMisty Stewart-TaggartOctober 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)

Too much of a nervous wreck to continue, the gang takes a tense Scooby on a vacation cruise, where Bogel and Weerd plan to scare Scooby to death. However, the gang does not suspect that the captain of the cruise is a ghost, and wants to free his fellow spirits from the Chest of Demons.

  • Ghost: Unknown
7"A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You"Ray PattersonJohn LudinOctober 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)

While attending a warlock convention, Vincent Van Ghoul is placed under an amorous enchantment by Nekara, an enchantress with the power to drain warlocks of their powers by kissing them.

  • Ghost: Nekara
8"When You Witch Upon a Star"Ray PattersonJeff Holder & Tom RueggerOctober 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)

Three bumbling witches named Ernestine, Wanda, and Hilda Brewski (similar to The Three Stooges) are tasked by the powerful witch Marcella to perform a spell which will free her from the dimension in which she is trapped. Meanwhile, Vincent goes to the Zone of Eternal Evil where he is subsequently captured by Marcella.

  • Ghost: Marcella
9"It's a Wonderful Scoob"Ray PattersonJohn Ludin & Tom RueggerNovember 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)

After one fright too many while pursuing Time Slime, Scooby quits the gang and moves back in with his parents. After an audition for another anthropomorphic dog, Flim Flam has Scooby replaced by a lazy and dim sheepdog named Bernie Gumsher. This not only causes child protests across the nation which in turn leads to a televised address from President Ronald Reagan, but also causes the gang to be captured by Time Slime. Vincent Van Ghoul takes Scooby to the future to show him what the world will be like if he does not return to stop Time Slime from releasing the demons that were previously reimprisoned.

  • Ghost: Time Slime
10"Scooby in Kwackyland"Ray PattersonTom Ruegger & Misty Stewart-TaggartNovember 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)

The gang and the furry-like ghoul, Demondo are trapped in the newspaper comics section and must rely on the help of comic characters—including Scooby's favorite, Platypus Duck—to escape.

  • Ghost: Demondo
11"Coast-to-Ghost"Ray PattersonCynthia Friedlob & John SemperNovember 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)

As part of an initiation test to join S.A.P.S. (short for Spook and Poltergeist Society), the vampire demon Rankor tricks Vincent Van Ghoul into looking into the Eye of Eternity, which slowly turns him into stone. In order to cure him, the gang—accompanied by two-faced Bogel and Weerd—must travel from California to Massachusetts to acquire the Mask of Moomma. To complicate matters, they are relentlessly pursued not only by Rankor, but also by the authorities for something Bogel and Weerd did.

  • Ghost: Rankor
12"The Ghouliest Show on Earth"Ray PattersonEvelyn Gabai & Glenn LeopoldNovember 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)

A circus comes to Dooville and enchants the residents, including Scooby's parents and Flim-Flam (the latter out of seeing business opportunities). Shaggy and Scooby discover that the circus is staffed by demons and monsters and its evil ringmaster Professor Phantazmo whose calliope hides the circus' true face and who wants the Chest of Demons.

  • Ghost: Professor Phantazmo
13"Horror-Scope Scoob"Ray PattersonCharles M. Howell, IVDecember 7, 1985 (1985-12-07) (December 7, 1985 (1985-12-07))

When the gang appears on the TV show You Won't Believe It...or Else! owned by Boris Kreepoff, the lion-like demon Zimbulu attempts to steal the Chest of Demons, but it was stolen by someone else unbeknownst to the gang. Accompanied by Vincent Van Ghoul and a medium named Tallulah, the gang attempts to find the chest.

  • Ghost: Zimbulu

Home media

On June 29, 2010, Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[5]

DVD name No. of episodes Release date Bonus episode
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series 13 June 29, 2010 (2010-06-29) Don't Feed the Animals


The series was heavily profiled in the Christian fundamentalist documentary Deception of a Generation as an example of alleged occult influences on children's entertainment.[6]

Follow-up film

35 years after the series ended, a movie was created based on the series called Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost to give it a symbolic end.

See also


  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 534–538. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. pp. 377–379. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tom Ruegger Is Back!". Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  4. ^ Trumbore, Dave (2018-11-07). "Exclusive 'Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost!' Trailer Teases a New Mystery". Collider. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  5. ^ Lambert, David (March 22, 2010). "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo - This 1985 Scooby Series, with Vincent Price, Is Coming to DVD!". Archived from the original on May 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  6. ^ "Deception of a Generation". YouTube. 18 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 12 October 2013.


Once upon a midnight dreaming, I woke up to a ghostly screaming.

So I gazed into the crystal ball to see what was new.

And what I watched was truly shocking.

The demon chest, it was unlocking.

Unlocking the 13 ghosts of Scooby-Doo.

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I seek the spirits who will not rest...

...the 13 ghosts from the demon chest.

By the vapors of Vahishnu, I've found one.

And the dark power of this spirit is beyond belief.

I must warn the others.

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This is a warning to all living mortals...

...that whosoever opens this chest of demons...

...will release 13 of the most terrifying ghosts...

...upon the face of the earth.


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In Marrakesh, where swamis dwell, there stands a rather posh hotel...

...'tis there our heroes hope to find, a wicked ghost with evil mind.

The Marrakesh Hotel.

This is where Vincent's telegram says to meet him.

To grab a ghostie. I can't wait to splat them.

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From dawn to dusk Scooby-Doo and his friends

Pursue foul demons To the living ends

But when work is done Like you and me

The gang settles down To watch late-night TV

Good evening, horror-film fans.

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Scooby, dear Scooby

Ghost chaser supreme

Those monsters and ghouls Have made our dog scream

His courage, it's gone He no longer has any

Because Scooby-Doo has seen One ghost too many

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This is a warning to all living mortals...

...that whosoever opens this chest of demons...

...will release 13 of the most terrifying ghosts...

...upon the face of the earth.


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Thirteen ghosts have been set free.

And I don't know which is the scariest.

But the grossest creature I'll ever see... something called the dinner guest.

Mr. VanGhoul, your TV set in the next room is buzzing.

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There's trouble in the stars I know it's sad but true

Our gang may bag a ghost or two But they may lose Scooby-Doo

Uncle Scooby, how big's the biggest ghostie you ever caught?

- Hmm, oh, about... - Hey!

That's our star there, Scooby-Doo.

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This is a warning to all living mortals...

...that whosoever opens this chest of demons...

...will release 13 of the most terrifying ghosts...

...upon the face of the earth.


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Just a few more miles to go.

Unh, can't stop now. Gotta go on.

Almost there.

And how goes the long journey, my friends?

So far so good, Mr. VanGhoul.

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Scooby-Doo! Scooby-Doo! Scooby-Doo!

Oh, Dada, our little boy is a world famous ghost chaser.

It makes a mother proud.

The father too, Mumsy.

This will be the biggest homecoming celebration Scooby's ever had.

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Where will Scooby and his crew find their next bugaboo?

In a tomb or up a tree?

Not this time, they're on TV.

And here's your host of horror, Boris Kreepoff.

Good evening, fiends.

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