- French narrator
- Squidward Tentacles
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Norma Rechid
- Frankie Billy
- Jennifer Millie
- Frank (red shirt)
- Nathiel Waters
- Harold "Bill" Reginald
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Hash-slinging slasher (debut) (mentioned)
- Patrick Star (cameo)
- Richard (Graveyard Shift) (debut)
- Nosferatu (debut)
SynopsisOne night, the Krusty Krab staff prepares for its 8:00 PM closing, which comes none too soon for Squidward. However, a customer walks up to the door and attempts to make an order. Squidward smugly informs him that they are closed, and the customer prepares to take his money elsewhere. Discovering the potential of late night customers, Mr. Krabs tears apart the "Closed" sign and, above Squidwards objections, proclaims the Krusty Krab to now be open 24 hours a day. SpongeBob is overjoyed at this prospect and, as the night goes on, takes pleasure in the chores he had no time to do during the day with him exclaiming "Night! Night! Night!" joyfully while doing said chores. When the time comes to take out the trash, however, he shows trepidation towards the darkness outside.
Squidward, sensing SpongeBob's fear, weaves him a terrifying tale of the "hash-slinging slasher," a clumsy Krusty Krab fry cook from years past who chopped off his own hand and replaced it with a rusty spatula. Subsequent termination of his life and his job, in that order, gives rise to the horrific specter that returns every Tuesday night to exact vengeance on all who reside in the restaurant. Squidward goes on to explain the three signs of the ghost’s return: the lights flickering on and off, the phone ringing with no one at the other end, and the arrival of the bus that had taken the fry cook's life. Squidward then laughs at SpongeBob’s shrieks of fright, but when the screaming fails to stop, Squidward assures SpongeBob that the story isn’t true. This prompts laughter from SpongeBob that also fails to cease.
By 3:00 AM, the restaurant is devoid of customers. The bored Squidward is contending with SpongeBob’s diligent ceiling cleaning when the lights suddenly begin to flicker. SpongeBob merely thinks this is another joke from Squidward, who in turn blames the electrical wiring. The next moment, the phone rings, yet remains silent when Squidward answers. Growing more nervous, Squidward tries to remember the third sign from his story. After ruling out the normal green ooze coating the walls, he and SpongeBob spy a bus pulling up to the restaurant. As the bus leaves, its lone departing passenger, a shadow-covered figure wielding a spatula, shambles toward the door.
Fearing it to be the Hash-Slinging Slasher, Squidward and SpongeBob share their final words, frightened. As the figure enters the light, however, it is revealed to be an ordinary guy, whose spatula is held in a fully-unchopped hand up his sleeve. He's arrived to apply for a job at the Krusty Krab, explaining that he tried to call ahead but hung up due to nerves. Though he and SpongeBob are relieved, Squidward notes that this turn of events does nothing to explain the flickering lights. Suddenly, the lights begin turning off and on again as everyone looks around, relieved to discover that it's only the vampire Nosferatu. Smiling at them mischievously, he flicks the lights off once more as the episode ends.
The Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies DVD features Tom Kenny and Rodger Bumpass recording a scene from this episode. It also includes storyboards of the episode and a deleted scene, in which SpongeBob does another activity "at night" as he delivers the mail to "Floorboard Harry." Floorboard Harry was also originally going to be the one responsible for flickering the lights, not Nosferatu.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Finger of Suspicion 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [title card]
‣ Queen's Aloha Oe (c) - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [opening]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Money?"]
‣ Hello Sailor (b) - Richard Myhill [Krusty Krab open 24 hours]
‣ On the Beach - Kapono Beamer ["Isn't this great, Squidward?"]
‣ Menace [#36] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["You mean out there?"]
‣ Menace [#41] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob back at the Krusty Krab]
‣ Finger of Suspicion 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward's story about the Hash-Slinging Slasher begins]
‣ Finger of Suspicion 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward continues the story.]
‣ Shock Attack [#25] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob screams]
‣ Finger of Suspicion 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward continues his story]
‣ Danger Lurks [#34] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The phone will ring and there will be nobody there."]
‣ Finger of Suspicion 3 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward finishes the story]
‣ House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob screams repeatedly]
‣ Moloka'i Nui (a) - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob laughs repeatedly]
‣ Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Squidward hearing noises/Squidward continues hearing noises]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What?"]
‣ House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Squidward's story starts coming true./"The walls will ooze green slime?!"/A bus arrives/The "Hash-Slinging Slasher" is real.]
‣ Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Can I have a job application?"]
‣ Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
- This episode is available on the Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies, 10 Happiest Moments, Complete 2nd Season, and First 100 Episodes DVDs.
- This episode is number 10 on Tom Kenny's Top 20. His description says:
"'Night, night, night, night.' Having Nosferatu, the vampire from the 1922 silent German Expressionist horror film appear in a Nicktoon is exactly the kind of 'what the?' moment that sets this series apart from more conventional animated shows!"
- "Graveyard Shift" was ranked #64 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
- This episode received a lot of controversy from parents for being frightening and creepy to the majority of younger viewers.
- As of August 14, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 9.3/10 based on 462 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 9.3/10 based on 117 votes.
- Mr. Krabs breaks the law by forcing Squidward and SpongeBob to work 24/7.
- This and "Club SpongeBob" are the first two episodes to premiere on home video before being aired on television. It was featured on the Sponge Buddies VHS and the Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies DVD, which were released on March 12, 2002, seven months before being aired on television.
- In the Russian dub, Nosferatu was renamed to Count Dracula.
- The title card background is similar to the one from the episode "Rock Bottom."
- In Indonesia, there were lines that had been edited:
- The line "But what was that third thing?" was changed to "Who changed the colors?"
- The line "How are you doing that without moving the switch?" was changed to "What are you doing with the switch?"
- The line "And then, he got hit by a bus! And... at his funeral, they fired him!" was changed to "And then, he become crazy! And..after that, the fire burned him!" This one changes the Hash-Slinging Slasher's backstory completely.
- The line "Squidward, I use your clarinet to unclog my toilet!" was changed to "Squidward! Get rid of him!"
- Near the end of the episode, the line "Nosferatu!" was changed to "Don't be naughty!". This was likely due to Indonesians being unfamiliar with what Nosferatu is.
- In the former Turkish dub, the line "Nosferatu!" was changed to "So, it was you!"
- This is the first time the Krusty Krab is open 24/7. The second will be in "Fear of a Krabby Patty."
- Running Gag: When asked for assistance, the character replies: "I can't hang out here all night! I've got a life."
- The Hash Slinging Slasher also appears in SpongeBob's Truth or Square.
- This episode is later referenced in "Restraining SpongeBob," where Patrick uses Squidward's clarinet to unclog the toilets at the Krusty Krab like SpongeBob said he does in this episode.
- SpongeBob screams 27 times and laughs 8 times.
- When Squidward and SpongeBob reveal their secrets before the "Hash-Slinging Slasher" gets them, SpongeBob reveals that he unclogged his toilet with Squidward's clarinet.
- To "sling hash" means to work in a restaurant.
- Squidward and SpongeBob's hair-raising screams when the Hash Slinging Slasher is about to approach them have become very popular internet memes.
- Also, SpongeBob eating his own hands when Squidward tells his story and SpongeBob messing up the Hash Slinging Slasher's name have also become popular.
- Squidward said that the Hash-Slinging Slasher comes out every Tuesday night and his ghost returns to the Krusty Krab. However, when the person who was thought to be the Hash-Slinging Slasher came to apply for a job, it was 3:00 AM, meaning that it was early Wednesday morning.
- On the Box Set/DVD releases, this episode is listed as "The Graveyard Shift" instead of the normal "Graveyard Shift" name.
- The word "night" is mentioned 23 times.
- In the DVD Nautical Nonsense, it has a storyboard version and a deleted scene where SpongeBob does another thing at night where he brings mail to floorboard Harry.
- This is the third time a phone is seen at the cash register at the Krusty Krab. The first time was in "Pizza Delivery" and the second time was in "Big Pink Loser."
- This episode aired on Max Schreck's 123rd birthday.
- In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Nocna Zmiana" (Night Shift).
- According to European folklore, 3am is the witching hour when witches, ghosts, and demons are said to be active.
- In the German dub, the episode's title is "Nachtschicht" (Night Shift).
- SpongeBob's "Night Song" has the tune of a Baseball/Hockey Charge Stadium organ song.
- The Hash-Slinging Slasher is an apparent parody of the story "The Hook" where a man has a hook instead of a hand.
- The sign about the telephone ringing is a reference to the Scream.
- The Krusty Krab's walls oozing green slime is most likely a reference to The Amityville Horror story. It might also reference Nickelodeon.
- Nosferatu is from an old silent horror movie of the same name.
- The French-accented narrator provides the opening voiceover for this episode, but the DVD closed-captions had Squidward's name over the narration.
- The Krusty Krab closes at 6:00 PM in other episodes, but in this episode, it closes at 8:00 PM.
- At one scene when SpongeBob was about to walk outside to take out the trash but then stops, the night sky outside the window was normal, but in the next scene when the camera zoomed out of the glass door, the night sky was green with spooky flower clouds, then remains throughout the episode.
- Before Squidward says the three signs that signal the approach of the Hash-Slinging Slasher, the wrinkles on his forehead are gone.
- When Squidward tells SpongeBob "No" to "He didn't wash his hands," Squidward's eyes overlap his eyebrows.
- When Squidward tries to stop SpongeBob's screaming session, his eyes are not aligned with his eyebrows.
- The garbage bin outside the Krusty Krab is by the street in this episode, but it is in the back of the building in all other episodes.
- When SpongeBob is mopping the ceiling, the water from the bucket does not fall to the ground.
- The cash register is missing for a majority of the episode. Near the end, it returns.
- The only time a phone is there is when it rings, However, there is nobody there.
- When Squidward says "And he appears with the ghost of the bus," and "He opens the door, and approaches the counter!" the "Order Here" and "Galley Grub" signs are missing.
- In the picture shown in the background, there is a porthole window on the window.
- The Galley Grub sign reads "Gally Grub" at one point in the episode. At another point, the Order Here sign reads "Order Hear."
- An "Open Forever" neon sign is seen on the Krusty Krab in one shot. However, when the "Hash Slinging Slasher" approaches the Krusty Krab, the sign is gone.
- Squidward said that the Krusty Krab walls always ooze green slime. However, they never do that in all other episodes that show the inside of the Krusty Krab.
- This could be because the Krusty Krab has never been shown to be open that late at night, therefore it is not seen that they ooze green slime.
- When the customers come in after Mr. Krabs says the Krusty Krab will be open for 24 hours, they are missing when Squidward goes back to the register.