With Halloween right around the corner, all manner of ghoul and goblin are making their way into our mortal realm. And there have certainly been a fair share of ghosts that have haunted various Disney productions throughout the years, each one spookier and more frightful than the last. It was enough to make us think about our favorite Disney ghosts. Hey, tis the season, right?
Below is our list of five favorite Disney ghosts, which range from the bone chilling to the benevolent, from man’s best friend to man, do I want to get out of here. (And yes, it was a tough list to make: some of our favorites that just missed the cut include Ma and Pa Duskerton from Gravity Falls and the ghost versions of the weasels from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
Read our list and take to the comments below to tell us which Disney ghosts are your favorite.
1. Lonesome Ghosts
The stars of the classic Mickey Mouse short “Lonesome Ghosts”—premiered way back on Christmas Eve 1937—are more mischievous than outright scary, choosing to prank Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in this truly spirited cartoon. The flawless animation was done by Disney greats like Milt Kahl and Art Babbitt, and we love the classic look of these guys with their glowing, translucent skin and fashionable bowler hat and cape combo. The ghosts, who years later were identified as Gilbert, Ian, Gabriel, and Screechin’ Sam in the Epic Mickey video game, are really looking for fun more than scares. The reversal at the end of the short, where Mickey and the gang end up scaring them, is really great. This is definitely a Halloween trick worth going door-to-door for.