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Ghoul Fools
Season №: 8
Episode №: 162
Airdate: October 21, 2011 (USA)
October 26, 2012 (Canada)
Guest(s): Chris Elliott as Lord Poltergeist
Brian Doyle-Murray as Flying Dutchman
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Marc Ceccarelli
Derek Iversen
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Marc Ceccarelli
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation"
Next: "Mermaid Man Begins"
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"Ghoul Fools" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick find a houseboat haunted by ghost pirates.



SpongeBob and Patrick are lying on the ground watching the clouds until they see a haunted houseboat. Patrick wants to check it out so the friends went to go check it out. Patrick thinks the boat is lame, but SpongeBob thinks it is real. Then, they meet Lord Poltergeist who sings a sea shanty by Patrick's request. SpongeBob asks why Lord Poltergeist is in Bikini Bottom and it is because there is a broken head gasket. Lord Poltergeist takes their souls, but gives SpongeBob a doubloon to buy a new head gasket in 24 hours. SpongeBob and Patrick run to the Krusty Krab and tell the customers about the ghosts. The customers run away and Mr. Krabs wants to know what is with the chaos. SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs about how Lord Poltergeist stole their souls, and gave them a doubloon. Mr. Krabs takes the doubloon and takes a head gasket from a car. Sandy then appears with ghost equipment, claiming she was looking for "milkshake gremlins" and wants to catch some ghosts. The five go back to the boat where Mr. Krabs steals the doubloons and hands bags to Squidward and Patrick. Lord Poltergeist appears and SpongeBob gives him the head gasket. The lord gives SpongeBob and Patrick orange soda instead of their souls, sucks Mr. Krabs, Squidward and Patrick into the void, and shows them their greatest fears. First, Mr. Krabs has to use the restroom and finds a portable bathroom, but to use it, he must pay one doubloon. Next, Patrick wishes for a doughnut and then a talking one comes and Patrick annoys him. He wishes for a doughnut with sprinkles, then chocolate, then a bagel, then a stack of pancakes, oblivious to the fact that he had outsmarted his worst nightmare, something Lord Poltergeist intended to be impossible. He then asks for a Krabby Patty, and then another plain doughnut, much to the doughnut's annoyance. Finally, Squidward encounters a giant SpongeBob, which makes him scream. Sandy sucks the three back into her equipment. Then, Mr. Krabs and Lord Poltergeist fight for the doubloons. SpongeBob catches it and realizes it belongs to the Flying Dutchman. The Flying Dutchman comes by to reclaim his doubloons. Lord Poltergeist runs away until the boat breaks down. Finally, the Flying Dutchman turns into a torpedo that makes a void. The episode finishes with the Krusty Krab in the void with new workers and customers. When SpongeBob tells everyone to hold on to something, he tells Giant Demonic SpongeBob from the void to flip the restaurant. He does so, and then his face turns into The Flying Dutchman's and he laughs evilly.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Haunted Carnival - Eban Schletter [title card]
  ? [opening]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs-shaped cloud]
  Happy Haunting Hosts - Eban Schletter [flying houseboat appears]
  ? ["I don't know, Patrick."]
  ? [SpongeBob enters the houseboat]
  Some Things To Know About Monsters - Eban Schletter [flowers turn into snakes]
  ? ["Even the spiders are fake."]
  Some Things To Know About Monsters - Eban Schletter [giant hand grabs SpongeBob]
  ? [organ music as ghost captain is introduced]
  ? [Patrick looks in captain's mouth]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["His bad breath is incredible."]
  ? ["His hair is very authentic too."]
  ? [shot of coin]
  ? ["So you want me to sing you a shanty, eh?"]
  Steel Link (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["This show's gonna be so awesome."]
  We're the Ghouls of the Briny Deep - Luke Brookshier, Eban Schletter
  ? ["Do you believe we're real ghosts now?"]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford ["Pizza? I'll give you pizza."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [pizza box opens]
  Drama Link (b) - Hubert Clifford [live anchovies on pizza]
  ? [pizza box disappears]
  Out of the Crypt - Harry Lubin [SpongeBob and Patrick bow before the captain]
  ? ["Our engine room broke down."]
  ? ["Yes, you."]
  Gothic Adventure - Mark Cousins, Adam Saunders [captain takes SpongeBob and Patrick's souls]
  ? [captain gives SpongeBob a doubloon]
  ? [captain checks his calendar]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["...forever!"]
  ? ["Can we run screaming in horror from your ship now?"]
  The Creature A - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick run screaming]
  ? [ice cream]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick run into the Krusty Krab doors]
  Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Ghost! Ghost! Haunted houseboat!"]
  From the Dead - Ronald Hanmer [customers run away]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Come back!"]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares ["Mr. Krabs, it was awful!"]
  Steel Link (g) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs lets go of Patrick's tongue]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares ["You gotta help us, Mr. Krabs!"]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Did you say... doubloon?"]
  ? [Sandy appears]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Great, then it's settled."]
  ? [Squidward's daydream]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Super!"]
  ? ["So, here it is."]
  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin [treasure chest]
  Ghostly Presence - Harry Lubin ["That gold probably has ghost germs all over it."]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Heads up, Squidward!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Looks like I missed one."]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs tries to take the last doubloon]
  Straight from Hell - Gregor F. Narholz [ghost captain reappears]
  ? [SpongeBob gives captain the gasket]
  ? ["Those weren't your souls."]
  Frightmare - Jane Antonia Cornish ["ME GOLD!"]
  Death Clock E - Dick de Benedictis ["So this is limbo."]
  ? ["Gotta use the can."]
  Death Clock H - Dick de Benedictis ["NO!!!"]
  Death Clock E - Dick de Benedictis ["Wow, this void sure is relaxing."]
  ? [donut appears on Patrick's head]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm?"]
  ? ["Hey, stupid, don't you wanna eat me?"]
  Evil Mind 3 - Dick de Benedictis [donut screams]
  Death Clock E - Dick de Benedictis ["Oh, great."]
  Death Clock B - Dick de Benedictis ["Hi, neighbor."]
  ? [captain laughs]
  Terror Hunt - Phillip Green ["Hey, corpse breath!"]
  Death and Destruction 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Sandy activates the ghost catcher]
  Expectant Stab - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [explosion]
  ? ["Not so fast!"]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Hey, you thieving bilge rat!"]
  Comic Capers B - Charlie Brissette, Norman Mamey [Krabs and captain fight over the gold]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [Property of the Flying Dutchman]
  ? ["You ain't afraid he's gonna want it back?"]
  Malleus Mallificarum (a) - Dave Hewson [Flying Dutchman appears]
  ? ["How did he track us down?"]
  Surrender 7 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Why, you scurvy little scum scrubber!"]
  Spooks Appear 1 - Harry Lubin [everyone comes outside]
  ? ["So, it be me own first mate who stole me gold!"]
  Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["We just went out to get pizza."]
  Flight of the Witches - Cris Velasco [captain runs over Dutchman]
  Halloween Antics A - Kevin Riepl [Dutchman follows captain]
  Day of Reckoning - Andrew James Blaney ["Don't go anywhere, kiddies."]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Dutchman turns into a torpedo]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [later, in the void...]


  • Later in the Void
  • This is the sixth episode show thunder lightning. The first being Scaredy Pants, second being Something Smells, third being SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One, fourth being Pineapple Fever, and the fifth being Curse of the Hex.
  • This is the first time alcohol is showing; when Lord Poltergeist and his ghosts are singing they fill a cup with beer.
  • This episode marks the fourth appearance, of a parody, of the famous painting "American Gothic". The first was in Artist Unknown, the second was in Atlantis SquarePantis, and the third was The Googly Artiste.
  • This is the third time someone called Sandy a "Chipmunk"; the first time being in Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy and the second being The Abrasive Side.
  • This is the fourth episode to show an atomic explosion, the first being Dying for Pie, the second being The Krusty Plate, and the third being Frozen Face-Off.
  • This is the first episode of the series since One Krabs Trash with the 1986 Paramount logo, but with the 2010 Viacom byline.
  • This is the second time a doughnut talks, the first instance in The Donut of Shame.
  • This is the fourth time Mr. Krabs appears as a real crab; his other appearances as a real crab include Pressure, Wishing You Well, and Rodeo Daze.
  • No one said Lord Poltergeist's name in the episode, they called him "The Ghost Pirate", or "Captain", or "Sir". His name is revealed in the end credits.
  • Squidward breaks the fourth wall by saying "I guess this is the part where I start screaming."
  • This is the second episode where a ghost calls Patrick "Pink One" and SpongeBob "Square One". The first was Shanghaied.
  • The song We're the Ghouls of the Briny Deep was used again in the episode Séance Shméance.
  • The Ghoul working the engine room was the only one of Lord Poltergeist's crewmembers who talked after singing the song.
  • The Cat o' Nine Tails (a cat with nine tails mentioned in the song) is named after the punishment device called the "cat of nine tails" used in the sailing industry.
  • Running Gag: in the scene where Patrick Star and the doughnut. Patrick always changes the flavor of the doughnut.
  • When the skeleton fish walks in to use the bathroom, Lord Poltergeist says "Welcome to the Krusted Krab" instead of Krusty Krab.
  • Lord Poltergeist's calender said "October" which means this episode took place in that month.

Cultural References

  • When Patrick calls Lord Poltergeist "a singing robotic puppet" from "those pizza joints with the singing animated robots", he is referring to Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants.

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