Haunted House Hang-Up

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Haunted House Hang-Up
Network CBS
Premiere date October 10, 1970
Music composed by Ted Nichols
Director(s) William Hanna
Voice director(s) Joseph Barbera
Animation director(s) Charles A. Nichols
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"Haunted House Hang-Up" is the fifth episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! season two, and the twenty-second overall. It aired on October 10, 1970 on CBS. It was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Scooby and the crew investigate an old mansion with a headless specter on the loose.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Daphne: One Dog Night and Credence Shaggy are really rockin' tonight.

Fred: I wish I could find some kind of groovy road sign that would tell us where we are.
Velma: There's some kind of a sign.
Shaggy: Hope it doesn't turn out to be an ad for shaving cream.

Daphne: I wonder what it says.
Shaggy: It says 24,000 miles to China, that-a-way.

Shaggy: Let's flip a slice of baloney to decide.
Daphne: What?
Shaggy: Heads we go to the right, and I eat it. Tails we go to the left and I eat it.
Velma: How can you have Heads and Tails on a slice of baloney
Shaggy: Heads is the mustard side, tails is plain.
Velma: Of all the ridiculous... Oh, all right.

Daphne: Wow, is this car overheating.
Shaggy: And, like, I thought we had ourselves a built-in steam room.

Daphne: Look, guys. There's a light in that old haunted mansion.
Shaggy: Then that's our cue to light out of here!
Scooby: And how!
Fred: Now just hold it a minute you two.
Shaggy: It's probably the Headless Specter.
Scooby: Or a ghost!
Velma: Like your ghost in the well, Scooby?

Shaggy: I've seen guys do the splits, but this is ridiculous.

Shaggy: I feel like I've been dipped in ink and let loose in a coal mine.

Shaggy: Help! I'm drowning, call the coastguard!
Velma: Stand up, the water's only knee deep.

Shaggy: My stomach's emptier than a piggybank on a day after Christmas.

Asa: And I've found it if it wasn't for you snoopers!


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Headless Specter/Penrod Stillwall Hal Smith (Headless Specter)
Casey Kasem (Penrod)
Daphne Blake Heather North
Velma Dinkley Nicole Jaffe
Fred Jones Frank Welker
Scooby-Doo Don Messick
Shaggy Rogers Casey Kasem
Asa Shanks Hal Smith
Well ghost Hal Smith
Asa Shanks/Phony phantom Hal Smith
Jefferson Stillwall (portrait) N/A







Credited writers are Larz Bourne, Tom Degenais, and Bill Lutz, while Joe Ruby and Ken Spears story edited.[1]



The theme song, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" was performed by George Robertson, Jr., with lyrics and music written by David Mook, while Ben Raleigh wrote the music, respectively. The rest of the music was composed by Ted Nichols, who was credited as the musical director.


The song below was produced by La La Productions.


Dates are in order of release:

Behind the scenes

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  • Shaggy's disapproval of shaving cream ads may result from negative remarks on his goatee.
  • This is the first instance in the franchise where the main ghost (the Headless Specter) was not the actual villain, trying to scare people away to cover up some kind of criminal/illegal activity.
  • In this episode, colored screens are used as transitions as opposed to the regular fade to black, which is only used for commercial breaks.
  • This episode could be inspired by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's original pitch for the show which was a group of kids who were in a band and would solve mysteries in-between gigs, often getting lost along the way. In this episode, the gang is going to the Rock Music Festival, where it looks like Shaggy and Scooby are going to play.


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  • Velma stands firm with Shaggy that "there's no such thing as a ghost" back at the well, but she had already seen plenty of "ghosts" before then and seemed to believe their existence at first.
  • How could Penrod see if his head was inside his shirt?
  • If Penrod did own the mansion, he couldn't possibly live there, given its old dilapidated Georgian architecture. The greenhouse is also broken down, yet it looks as if the plants have been cared for.
  • The Mystery Machine's engine is shown at the back of the van instead of the front, meaning that there are no rear doors.
  • Even if it was daylight savings, the gang still takes half the night to solve the mystery, and then once it's solved it's not the festival they're heading for, but a pizza parlor.
  • It's easy to imagine that Penrod told the story of the Headless Specter to be more menacing, but he apparently didn't tell anyone how Jefferson came to lose his head.
  • Penrod doesn't mention making the balloon look like a ghost, but presumably, he did that, too.
  • The holes in the balloon should not hide the balloon. Also, when Fred's holding the sheet, there are no visible eye or mouth holes.
  • Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma likely would've not survived the fall down into the well. They aren't hurt in the slightest.
  • When Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby fall into the well, Velma says the water is only knee-deep. In fact, it's only ankle-deep.
  • Fred says that the "last entry" was July 12, 1822, which appeared to be in the middle of the book, and turns the page on to that entry as he says it. He couldn't be certain that was the last entry without checking the next page.
  • When Velma reads aloud the diary entry, she says "Marching men in single file could a column..." at an uninterrupted pace. This was supposed to be a partial reading and a deduction of what this diary segment meant, but the absence of a proper transition and omission of a second verb convey this entire line as a recitation of the diary.
  • Shaggy is still able to enunciate, even with a balloon in his mouth.
  • With no head, the Headless Specter shouldn't be able to make a sound, although as a ghost (or at least as a pretend one) he could have the power to make a sound.
  • Whether he's standing or kneeling (most likely the former), the way the Headless Specter is positioned at the bottom of the chimney, there would've had to be a removable panel on the floor.
  • Presumably the portrait was done in conjunction with the diary clue, but it isn't made clear.
  • If Shaggy had been smarter and not goofing around he wouldn't have almost gotten eaten, to begin with.
  • Even if Penrod was just trying to scare people away, it didn't stop him from jumping on top of Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma, who he thought were hiding under a bed unless he knew there were just pillows underneath the sheet. He also tried to knock Shaggy off his balloon.
  • Asa looks like he's chopping inside a barn instead of a mansion.
  • Asa was clearly wearing a bed sheet or table cover, etc., and yet he still frightens Fred and Shaggy. What probably made it more frightening was that he was holding an ax (although he wasn't holding it when he chased them).
  • Asa tells the gang about the Headless Specter, saying that nobody has seen the Specter and lived; either Asa made it up on his own, or he saw Penrod's Specter and was frightened off, thus contradicting his statement, or he saw the Specter and wasn't scared away.
  • Asa bothered to tell the gang about the Headless Specter, but for some reason, he didn't think about making his disguise headless.
  • Clearly minutes have passed between the time it took the gang to catch Penrod and Asa, yet the former managed to change into a sweater by the time of the latter's capture. Either this is an animation mistake or he was wearing one underneath his costume.
  • There isn't a sheriff to arrest Asa in this episode, he's simply left in the care of Penrod. Presumably, he called the sheriff after the gang had left.
  • When Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby hold hands with the Headless Specter, how would they know that his hands feel cold and clammy, or "like a couple of fish right out of the lake", especially when he's wearing gloves?
  • A stone pillar on top of a person would kill them.

Everlasting influence

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Το Ακέφαλο Φάντασμα The Headless Ghost
Hungarian A kísértetkastély képe The painting of the haunted house

Home availability


  1. ^ Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Scooby Addicts. Retrieved April 15, 2020.