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Scaredy Pants
Season №: 1
Episode №: 13a
Airdate: October 28, 1999
Sister episode(s): "I Was a Teenage Gary"
Guest(s): Brian Doyle-Murray as Flying Dutchman
The Ghastly Ones as musical preformer of SpongeBob ScaredyPants
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Peter Burns
Storyboard Artist(s): Mark O'Hare
Storyboard: Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Employee of the Month"
Next: "I Was a Teenage Gary"
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"Scaredy Pants" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob becomes a ghost for Halloween.



It is Halloween in Bikini Bottom, and SpongeBob is cleaning the dishes in the Krusty Krab at the end of the work day. He is frightened by the creepy door closing and a word (or possibly a message) reading "BOO" on the order slips.

After he finishes, he begins to run away, but Mr. Krabs stops him and asks him if he wants to hear his "annual scary story," and he then does. He tells a story of "The Flying Dutchman," a ghost who steals souls on Halloween. Squidward, dressed up as the Flying Dutchman, appears behind SpongeBob, saying that he will steal his soul, terrifying him. SpongeBob, who has a reputation for being easily scared, and is nicknamed "SpongeBob
Scaredy pants
ScaredyPants," rushes home, and is scared by everything he sees on the way.

After being scared by Patrick, he asks him for help. They make a "Flying Dutchman" costume, but it fails to scare anyone. SpongeBob realizes that a real ghost has a round head, and that he has a square one. Patrick shaves SpongeBob's head, making it round. Believing themselves to be scary, SpongeBob and Patrick go around town attempting to scare people, and believe themselves to be successful in doing so, although their "victims" are simply confused by their antics.

They then go to the roof of the Krusty Krab where a Halloween party is taking place, turn off all the lights, and lower SpongeBob with a rope, with Patrick providing the voice of the "Dutchman," which initially terrifies everyone. However, when a jellyfish stings Patrick, whom the rope is tied to, he starts running around in pain, causing SpongeBob to fly around uncontrollably, exposing his true identity.

Everybody starts laughing at SpongeBob, but soon the real Flying Dutchman appears. He explains to them how offended he is by people dressing up as him for Halloween, and that SpongeBob's costume is the worst of all. He says that SpongeBob is the "straw that broke the camel's back," and that he will now steal the souls of everyone present. He takes off SpongeBob's costume, which revealed that his brain is exposed as a result of Patrick's shaving. Subsequently, everyone runs away, including the Dutchman, leaving SpongeBob satisfied to finally have succeeded in scaring people. Patrick comments on SpongeBob's "pink hat," and SpongeBob explains that it is not a hat, it is his brain, and Patrick screams and runs away. SpongeBob says "Don't worry, it grows back!" and the episode ends.




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  ? - The Ghastly Ones [title card/opening]
  Ghost Child (a) - Dave Hewson [SpongeBob nervously doing dishes]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["BOO" written on order slips]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob's about to leave]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin [Krabs' scary story]
  Shock Statement (a) - Peter Lea-Cox [SpongeBob screams]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Nothing like a good ghost story, eh, me boy?"]
  Shock Statement (a) - Peter Lea-Cox [SpongeBob screams again]
  ? - The Ghastly Ones [little kid scares SpongeBob]
  The Nightmare Begins (a) - John Devereaux [Mrs. Puff scares SpongeBob]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob at home]
  Shock Statement (a) - Peter Lea-Cox [SpongeBob screams again]
  Nostalgic Hawaii - Jan Rap [SpongeBob dressed as a ghost]
  Shock Statement (a) - Peter Lea-Cox ["Rar! Rar!"]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["I don't get it, Patrick."]
  Moloka'i Nui (a) - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob realizes he needs a round head]
  The Twin Sisters - Chelmsford Folk Band [Patrick shaving SpongeBob's head]
  Bach's Toccata - Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Lea-Cox ["Let's go scare somebody."]
  Grass Skirts Blowing - Jan Rap ["Ooh... I'm the Flying Dutchman!"]
  Bach's Toccata - Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Lea-Cox ["The Flying Dutchman is gonna show up uninvited."]
  Grass Skirts Blowing - Jan Rap [kids walk by]
  ? - The Ghastly Ones [the party]
  Horror Link (a) - Len Rawle [SpongeBob lowered from ceiling]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick runs around screaming]
  Malleus Mallificarum (a) - Dave Hewson [Flying Dutchman appears]
  In the Crypt - Dave Hewson ["I'm going to steal your soul."]
  Pepito from Tampico A - Ronald Sekura, Otto Sieben [Dutchman tells SpongeBob he's not scary]
  Dangerous A - Mladen Franko [Dutchman laughs]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [ending]


  • As of October 30, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.2/10 based on 97 ratings by users.tt0707307 users give this episode a 8.7/10 based on 183 votes.[1]
  • "Scaredy Pants" was ranked #19 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.



  • In UK and syndication airings of this episode, the scene depicting Patrick cutting chunks of SpongeBob's head is cut, although it was left in on the UK DVD release of the episode.
  • This episode is controversial due to SpongeBob's shaved-down appearance being frightening to young children.
  • This was Peter Burns's last episode as a writer.
  • This is the Flying Dutchman's first physical appearance. He appeared in a magazine in "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost."
  • This is the very first Halloween Special.
  • Originally in 2013, there was going to be a sequel to this episode called "Sponge or Treats." Then, the title was changed to "SpongeBob's Scariest Night" and was planned to premiere on October 30, 2013. However, for unknown reasons, the episode never aired and it was not even produced.
  • This is the first episode to be based on a holiday or special event.
  • The Ghastly Ones sang a Halloween remix of the theme song, which occasionally is broadcast with the episode and is also featured on the Halloween DVD. It can be heard here: [1].
  • When Patrick gives SpongeBob the shoes, he calls SpongeBob "Hans," referring to the live-action hand seen multiple times in the series.
  • This is the first episode in 1999 to not air on a Saturday.
  • This episode has been paired with Season 2 episode "Graveyard Shift" and Season 7's "The Curse of Bikini Bottom."
  • In the credits, the ending song is replaced with a Halloween version of the opening theme song (with the name of this episode) with the lyrics changed.
  • Each character has a Halloween costume:
    • Sandy is a pet goldfish in a bowl (considering her helmet).
    • Squidward is The Flying Dutchman.
    • Pearl is the Bride of Frankenstein or a lady vampire.
    • Patrick is Groucho Marx (who Bugs Bunny admires).
    • Mrs. Puff is a witch (and her car was a broom).
    • SpongeBob is the Ghost of the Flying Dutchman (or the haunted mattress, according to several trick-or-treaters).
  • This is the only time the Flying Dutchman's pigtails are not straight.
  • It would have technically been impossible for Mr. Krabs to bring in the campfire inside the Krusty Krab since they were underwater.
  • Plankton is the only main character not to appear in this episode.

Cultural References

  • The Flying Dutchman is named after the ship with the same name. He also looks like Blackbeard.
  • Scaredy Pants is a wordplay on the phase "Scaredy Cat."


  • When SpongeBob carves a second hole in the jack-o-lantern, the second hole does not appear when SpongeBob tells Gary "I'm sick of it."
  • When the fish at the party still believed SpongeBob was the Ghost of the Flying Dutchman, SpongeBob had arms with claws. In every other scene, his hands are normal.
  • The shark with a pumpkin mask and green costume has a blue dorsal fin, but when SpongeBob comes through the hatch on the roof of the Krusty Krab and he runs away, his fin is green. In all other shots of him, his fin is blue.
  • In the scene at The Krusty Krab, when the camera points to Mr. Krabs bobbing for apples, the water in the tub flashes.
    • Also in the next scene where Mr. Krabs is choking, the tub looks completely different and is empty.
  • Squidward was wearing his costume in the beginning of the episode but in the next shot he was in his original clothes.
  • In the close up of SpongeBob after he is lowered from the ceiling, the rope is not visible behind him.
  • When SpongeBob was getting lowered down, his eyes were really different like a creepy one.
  • When SpongeBob walks out of the Krusty Krab, he is wearing his normal shoes, and when he was hanging from the ceiling, he was wearing the wooden shoes that Patrick made for him.
  • Patrick never shaved off SpongeBob's nose, but its is not shown making an extrusion in the sheet.


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