The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
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Created by: Mitch Schauer
Network: ABC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: September 7December 7, 1985
Run time: 22 minutes
Starring: Don Messick
Casey Kasem
Heather North
Susan Blu
Vincent Price
Howard Morris
Arte Johnson
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): Mitch Schauer
Tom Ruegger
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Tom Ruegger
Director(s): Art Davis
Oscar Dufau
Tony Love
Don Lusk
Rudy Zamora
Alan Zaslove
Gordon Hunt (voices)
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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is an American animated supernatural/mystery-comedy television series created by Mitch Schauer. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera (H-B) for ABC's Saturday morning children's programming. It ran in 1985, airing 13 episodes that spanned one season. It was the seventh Scooby-Doo series after Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

After accidentally releasing the thirteen most terrifying ghouls on the face of the earth, Scooby-Doo and his friends are forced to pursue them, guided by a warlock named Vincent Van Ghoul, and return them to their prison inside the Chest of Demons.

The entire series has been released on DVD.



The original pitch by Mitch Schauer was for Scooby to fight the classic movie monsters owned by Universal Studios,[1] under the working title of Scooby-Doo and the Devil's Eye,[2] but Hanna-Barbera didn't want to pay Universal for the rights.[1]

Schauer adamantly changed Shaggy's green t-shirt to red.[3]

Flim-Flam was a network request, who believed a kid needed to be a real kid's entry point.[4] Flim-Flam was inspired by Short Round from the 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Vincent Van Ghoul was created for Vincent Price only after his availability and approval was guaranteed.[5] If Vincent Price turned down the role, Van Ghoul's name would've been changed to something different for another actor to play, preferably another celebrity.[6]


Once Vincent Price was locked in, he performed the role for thirteen episodes, which were spread over four recordings.[7]


The series was canceled due to budgetary restraints (and apparently not because of bad ratings), leaving one or two of the ghosts free (depending on your own view). Why they couldn't have caught each of those thirteen ghosts in each of those thirteen episodes, is beyond my comprehension.

More than 30 years later, however, Warner Bros. Animation hired Tim Sheridan to write an ending to the series in the form of the direct-to-video film, Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, which was released on February 5, 2019. As this was number 29 in a series of DVD movies that were more on the traditional side of things, i.e. ghosts are just bad guys in masks, this movie had to abide by that rule by retconning The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo into possibly being a hoax. If believed to be real and not just the result of a hallucination brought on by spending an extended amount of time in the Himalayas, the thirteenth ghost was Vincent Van Ghoul's ancestor who had become corrupted by his own growing power and attempted to repent for his sins by following Vincent around like a guardian angel.


The music was composed and conducted by Hoyt Curtin, with supervision from Paul DeKorte.


Title Number Original air date
"To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before" 1x01 September 7, 1985
"Scoobra Kadoobra" 1x02 September 14, 1985
"Me and My Shadow Demon" 1x03 September 21, 1985
"Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye" 1x04 September 28, 1985
"That's Monstertainment" 1x05 October 5, 1985
"Ship of Ghouls" 1x06 October 12, 1985
"A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You" 1x07 October 19, 1985
"When You Witch Upon a Star" 1x08 October 26, 1985
"It's a Wonderful Scoob" 1x09 November 2, 1985
"Scooby in Kwackyland" 1x10 November 9, 1985
"Coast-to-Ghost" 1x11 November 16, 1985
"The Ghouliest Show on Earth" 1x12 November 23, 1985
"Horror-Scope Scoob" 1x13 December 7, 1985


In popular culture

  • In the Torchwood book Slow Decay, it was brought up in a discussion about how the Scooby-Doo franchise had shifted towards using real monsters during the 1980s. Owen, being a fan had seen it, while Toshi had not.