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Description [ ]

Sing, dance and play along with your favorite Disney characters in this tune-filled Sing-Along Songs video. It's fun and easy as you read the on-screen lyrics and join the festivities! Invite your friends-after all, it's even more fun when you share!

Children as young as two will have a ball when Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy – and other favorite Disney friends – throw a party inside Disneyland's Haunted Mansion! There's plenty to do: pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, cooking with Goofy, even trick-or-treating in Toontown! But most of all, there'll be lots of singing and dancing to silly spooky songs of the season. So c'mon everybody—time to party!

Summary [ ]

A Halloween party is being hosted at The Haunted Mansion , and everyone is invited! Between songs, a subplot features three children—Zach, Sally, and Sam—going on a pumpkin hunt, help decorate, read from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , and look for costumes to wear. After trick-or-treating, the guests gather for "The Monster Mash".

  • "It's Halloween"
  • "Five Little Pumpkins"
  • " Grim Grinning Ghosts "
  • " Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips "
  • " Headless Horseman "
  • "Five Little Witches"
  • " Spooky Scary Skeletons "
  • "Casting My Spell"
  • " Trick or Treat "
  • "The Monster Mash"
  • Isaiah Griffin - Sam
  • Rachel Ham - Sally
  • Tyler Hoechlin - Zach

Dancers [ ]

  • Murray Phillips
  • Troy Magino
  • Yvette Mayes
  • Stella Choe
  • Leilani Copp

Voice Cast [ ]

  • Wayne Allwine - Mickey Mouse
  • Russi Taylor - Minnie Mouse , Huey, Dewey, and Louie
  • Diane Michelle - Daisy Duck
  • Bill Farmer - Goofy
  • Tony Anselmo - Donald Duck
  • Hamilton Camp - Merlin
  • Corey Burton - Magic Mirror

Halloween Partygoers [ ]

  • Hosted by the Magic Mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs .
  • "Grim Grinning Ghosts" features clips from Lonesome Ghosts , The Mad Doctor (colorized), Fantasia , Duck Pimples , The Black Cauldron , Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , Pluto's Judgement Day , The Eyes Have It , Donald's Lucky Day , Trick or Treat , Mars and Beyond , Alice in Wonderland , Pluto's Sweater , Lion Around and The Great Mouse Detective .
  • "Casting My Spell" features clips from Fantasia , Trick or Treat , The Worm Turns , Donald's Lucky Day , The Sword in the Stone , The Jungle Book , Dude Duck , Aladdin , Pluto's Judgement Day , Magician Mickey , Babes in the Woods , The Hunchback of Notre Dame , Pinocchio , Hawaiian Holiday , Donald Duck and the Gorilla , Chicken in the Rough , The Black Cauldron , Three Little Pigs , Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , Sleeping Beauty , The Mad Doctor (colorized), Mars and Beyond , Pluto's Sweater and Cinderella .
  • This is the only live-action video to feature different costumes of Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
  • This marks the final Disney's Sing-Along Songs episode appearances of Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewy, Louie and Goofy.
  • This episode is also notable for being the final Mickey's Fun Songs related episode.
  • The shortened version of the " Disney Sing-Along Songs Theme Song ", first used in Pongo & Perdita , is used.
  • Max Goof does make an appearance in this video, but he was a background character with no speaking lines.
  • The background of the end credits was taken from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad .
  • The cover depicts Mickey wearing his Sorcerer's Apprentice outfit, which he didn't wear in the actual video; however, in the actual video he wore his standard outfit but with the addition of his yellow spotted Rumba shirt. But he did wear his Sorcerer's outfit during the song "Casting My Spell". Also, Donald is depicted in his standard outfit, but in the actual video he wore a blue shirt with a tall black hat. He did, however, wear his standard outfit during the songs " Grim Grinning Ghosts " and "Casting My Spell".

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The front cover to the 2006 DVD

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Grim Grinning Ghosts: The Music of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion

When the Haunted Mansion finally opened to guests in August 1969, its 999 resident ghosts were ready to socialize. But, as we all know, spooks don’t come out for a swinging wake without suitable musical accompaniment. Here’s how “Grim Grinning Ghosts” materialized…

Pirates Paving the Way

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In the mid-1960s, Walt invited X Atencio—a WED Enterprises newcomer—to work on his upcoming pirate-themed Imagineering project. Atencio possessed decades of Disney animation experience, having lent his talents to movies such as Fantasia (1940), The Parent Trap (1961), and Mary Poppins (1964), and was keen to get involved with shaping this brand-new Disneyland offering.  

In addition to his original task of creating a script , Atencio spent time considering how the pirate attraction might develop. “…I suggested to Walt maybe we should have a song in this one,” he later recalled. “I had a lyric in mind and kind of a melody, so I half sang it and half recited it.”

Walt was impressed with Atencio’s idea and advised him to take it further, with George Bruns at the musical helm. Bruns had previously composed music for a variety of Disney films, perhaps most notably Sleeping Beauty (1959). Following Walt’s instruction, Bruns and Atencio worked together to write “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)”, which would go on to become synonymous with Disney Parks across the world

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The Vision for the Haunted Mansion: Scary or Humorous?

Atencio’s next task was to somehow replicate the success of his Pirates theme song and script for Walt’s new “ghost house” attraction, which had been discussed and shelved several times since the 1950s. But following Walt’s death in 1966, the Haunted Mansion project had become clouded by creative disagreement. “Great debate arose between Marc [Davis] and Claude [Coats] about whether the Haunted Mansion should be scary or funny,” explained Atencio’s daughter, Tori Atencio McCullough.

In the midst of the confusion, it was up to scriptwriter X Atencio to decide how to tie a range of conflicting ideas into one solid storyline, supported by music and lyrics. The team’s haunted house—a symbol of classic spooky thrills—needed to take a uniquely Disney angle and work for a family audience.

Ultimately—and poignantly—it was Walt’s vision that reigned. “Almost by default, X returned to Walt’s original concept of a retirement home in which displaced spirits could spend their afterlives haunting any unsuspecting guests who came calling,” wrote Disney Historian Jason Surrell, in his book The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic. Now that a final idea had been selected, Atencio could move forward with the attraction music.

Buddy Baker, the Music Mastermind Behind "Grim Grinning Ghosts"

Composer Buddy Baker had previously contributed to Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color , and later scored both “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” and the “Carousel of Progress” attractions for the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. Already familiar with Imagineering projects—and a highly-respected veteran within his field—he was brought in to work on the Mansion ’s theme composition with Atencio.

The finished arrangements and lyrics skilfully towed the line between funny and frightening, just as Atencio had planned: “[The ghosts] terrorize, but their main point was to socialize. Walt bought that idea… ‘Socialize’ is the key word,” he explained. Atencio named the finished number “Grim Grinning Ghosts (The Screaming Song)”—a nod to the Shakespeare poem Venus and Adonis and a suitably juxtaposing title for such a genre-blending attraction.

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Walt’s Lasting Impact on the Haunted Mansion

Although Walt had passed away almost three years before the Haunted Mansion ’s opening, his impact on the project was deeply felt, from X Atencio’s consideration of Walt’s original “retired ghosts” concept to the Imagineers’ memories of his leadership. “I didn’t even know I could write music, but somehow Walt did,” Atencio later reminisced. “He tapped my hidden talents.”

Baker agreed, fondly remembering Walt’s belief in his team: “During the 28 years I worked at the Studio, Walt never came to a recording. He had confidence in me and in everybody else. He trusted his people.”

Walt’s faith in his workers allowed them to stretch their own abilities and push the boundaries of what a Disney Park might look like. He may not have been able to experience the Haunted Mansion in person, but this attraction, which has enchanted and spooked Disney Parks guests across the globe for over fifty years, is still very much a part of his lasting legacy.

Sophie Jo

– Sophie Jo

Sophie Jo is a writer and long-time Disney fan from England. Find her tweeting  @sophiejowrites  or happy-crying over ' it's a small world .'

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  • McKim, Sam; concept painting of Haunted Mansion ; Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering; © Disney
  • X. Atencio drawing Winnie the Pooh for Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966); courtesy of the Walt Disney Archives Photo Library, © Disney
  • Walt with Claude Coats and pirate maquette, ca. 1965, courtesy of the Walt Disney Archives Photo Library, © Disney
  • Walt Disney with sculptures and pirate head, ca. 1966; courtesy of the Walt Disney Archives Photo Library, © Disney

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Disney Sing Along Songs: Happy Haunting Party at Disneyland

Disney Sing Along Songs: Happy Haunting Party at Disneyland (1998)

A Halloween party at the haunted mansion in Disneyland with many songs to sing along. A Halloween party at the haunted mansion in Disneyland with many songs to sing along. A Halloween party at the haunted mansion in Disneyland with many songs to sing along.

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  • Rachel Talbott
  • Tyler Hoechlin
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Isaiah Griffin, Tyler Hoechlin, and Rachel Talbott in Disney Sing Along Songs: Happy Haunting Party at Disneyland (1998)

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Happy Haunting: Party at Disneyland is a Disney Sing Along video released on VHS August 25, 1998 and on DVD September 5, 2006.

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Synopsis [ ]

It’s Halloween at Disneyland , and Mickey Mouse and his friends are throwing a party at the Haunted Mansion . But as they prepare, a mysterious voice gives them advice on how to make the best party possible. Three children - Zach, Sally, and Sam - go throughout the mansion to discover stories, costumes, and much more.

Haunted Mansion References [ ]

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While none of the interior shots were filmed at the Haunted Mansion, the sets still contain references to the attraction.

  • The exterior can be seen on the invitation, with Mickey and Minnie standing in front of it.
  • The crystal ball room is a reference to the Séance Circle and Madame Leota
  • The characters pass by a brass bust - possibly a reference to the staring busts in the Library .
  • A Knight stands at the end of the hallway in one scene, much like the one near the Endless Hallway .
  • One of the stories and songs in the film is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow . The Headless Horseman was apart of one of Ken Anderson ’s drafts for the Mansion.
  • Sam sees a face in the mirror - possibly a reference to the Hitchhiking Ghosts .
  • One of the ghost decorations is a Lonesome Ghost . One of the original drafts for the mansion featured the Lonesome Ghosts as integral characters.
  • The Magic Mirror, for all intents and purposes, is the Ghost Host for this film. Coincidentally, he’s played by Corey Burton, who would go onto play the Ghost Host in Haunted Mansion Holiday .

“Grim Grinning Ghosts” [ ]

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Grim Grinning Ghosts- Disney's Happy Haunting Party

“ Grim Grinning Ghosts ” is one of the songs featured in the film. The song is played alongside clips from cartoons, including Lonesome Ghosts , The Mad Doctor , Fantasia , The Black Cauldron , Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , The Goddess of Spring , Trick or Treat , Alice in Wonderland , and The Great Mouse Detective . It contains new lyrics and a new arrangement of the tune.

Grim Grinning Ghosts come out (x4)

When the crypt stones creak and the tombstones quake

Spooks come out for a swinging wake

Creepy creeps with eerie eyes

Start to shriek and harmonize

Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize

Flying ghosts in the firelight

Rising spooks on every side

Restless bones materialize

Eerie eyes in the night

So don’t close your eyes and try to hide

Or a silly spook may sit by your side

Dressed up in a strange disguise

They pretend to terrorize

Grim Grinning Ghosts come out (x2)

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The Full Haunted Mansion Script

Published: July 1, 2023 + Updated: October 18, 2023 by Elizabeth Morgan

Are you a big fan of the Disney Haunted Mansion ride? If so, you might be wondering what all of the sayings and quotes from the ride are. In this post I’ll give you the whole Haunted Mansion script !

I’ll give you the Haunted Mansion script for the Disneyland Haunted Mansion and for the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion. The Disney World ride is located in the Magic Kingdom park.

The scripts are a little different, but there are not a ton of differences. I’ll give you both scripts to read.

There are two other Disney theme parks that have Haunted Mansion rides. They are Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.

The Haunted Mansion Holiday script is different than each Haunted Mansion script in this post as it features Jack Skellington.

Whether you’re wanting to know the whole Haunted Mansion narration, just the Haunted Mansion intro, or what does Madame Leota say in Haunted Mansion, then I’ve got you covered.

Let’s get right into these Haunted Mansion scripts!

Haunted Mansion Disneyland Script

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Ghost Host (this narration starts when guests enter into the Mansion’s foyer)- When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still — that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight!

(Guests move to the stretching room)

Ghost Host- Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your host, your  ghost   host . Kindly step all the way in please, and make room for everyone. There’s no turning back now. Our tour begins here in this gallery, where you see paintings of some of our guests as they appeared in their corruptible, mortal state.

Cast Member (wording can vary, but is typically this)- Please drag your bodies away from the walls and into the dead center of the room.

Ghost Host- Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this haunted room  actually  stretching? Or is it your imagination — hmm? And consider this dismaying observation: this chamber has no windows and no doors… which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out!  (Laughs.)  Of course, there’s always my way.

(After this you’ll hear thunder, the lights go out, there is screaming, then a body hangs from a noose above you. The doors open and the lights go on)

Oh, I didn’t mean to frighten you prematurely. The real chills come later. Now, as they say, “look alive,” and we’ll continue our little tour. And let’s all stay together, please.

(Guests then move into the hallway)

There are several prominent ghosts who have retired here from creepy old crypts all over the world. Actually, we have 999 happy haunts here — but there’s room for 1,000. Any volunteers?  (Laughs.)  If you insist on lagging behind, you may not  need  to volunteer.

And now, a carriage approaches to take you into the boundless realm of the supernatural.Take your loved ones by the hand, please, and kindly watch your step. Oh yes, and no flash pictures,  please.  We spirits are frightfully sensitive to bright lights.

(Guests get into their Doom Buggies)

Do not pull down on the safety bar, please.  I  will lower it for you. And heed this warning: the spirits will materialize only if you remain safely seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside. And watch your children, please. (This is then repeated in Spanish)

(You move into the Corridor of Doors)

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Ghost Host- We find it delightfully unlivable here in this ghostly retreat. Every room has wall-to-wall creeps, and hot and cold running chills. Shhh, listen!

Man in coffin- Let me out, let me out of here!

(You’ll hear knocking and ticking, then move into Madame Leota’s room)

Madame Leota- Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat, call in the spirits, wherever they’re at! (sounds of ghosts)

Rap on a table — it’s time to respond. Send us a message from somewhere beyond… (knocking on table noise)

Goblins and ghoulies from last Halloween, awaken the spirits with your tambourine! (tambourine sounds)

Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond, let there be music from regions beyond! (Brass instrument plays part of Grim Grinning Ghosts)

Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell, give us a hint, by ringing a bell! (bell ringing)

(Doom Buggies enter the ballroom)

Ghost Host- The happy haunts have received your sympathetic vibrations and are beginning to materialize. They’re assembling for a  swinging  wake, and they’ll be expecting me… I’ll see you all a little later. (organ plays theme music and portraits shoot at each other)

(Doom Buggies enter the attic)

Bride- In sickness and in… wealth. You may now kiss the bride. We’ll live happily ever after. Till  death  do us part. Here comes the bride. As long as we  both  shall live. For better or for… worse. I do. I  did .

(Doom Buggies go past the Hatbox Ghost, out the attic window, and enter the graveyard)

Ghosts- (they sing the following lines) When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake, Spooks come out for a swinging wake. Happy haunts materialize and begin to vocalize. Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize!

Now, don’t close your eyes and don’t try to hide, For a silly spook may sit by your side. Shrouded in a daft disguise, they pretend to terrorize. Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize!

As the moon climbs high o’er the dead oak tree, Spooks arrive for the midnight spree. Creepy creeps with eerie eyes start to shriek and harmonize. Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize!

When you hear the knell of a requiem bell, Weird glows gleam where spirits dwell. Restless bones etherealize, rise as spooks of every size!

(Doom Buggies enter the Hitchhiking Ghosts Corridor)

Ghost Host- Ah, there you are! And just in time… there’s a little matter I forgot to mention — beware of hitchhiking ghosts!

(Doom Buggies pass the mirrors showing a Hitchhiking Ghost in your Doom Buggie)

Ghost Host- They have selected you to fill our quota, and they’ll haunt you until you return! Now  I  will raise the safety bar, and a ghost will follow you home!  (Laughs.)

Female Safety Announcer- Please exit to your left by stepping away from the cars with your left foot first. Step out and stand on the moving platform.

Male Safety Announcer- Please exit by stepping away from the cars with your left foot first. Step out and stand on the moving platform, please.

(Guests exit their Doom Buggies and stand on the moving conveyor)

Ghosts (singing)- If would like to join our jamboree, There’s a simple rule that’s compulsory. Mortals pay a token fee; Rest in peace, the haunting’s free. So hurry back, we would like your company.

Little Leota- Hurry back! Hurry back! Be sure to bring your death certificate… if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now! We’ve been  dying  to have you…

Haunted Mansion Magic Kingdom Script

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Ghost Host (This starts when guests enter the mansion’s foyer) – When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still — that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight!

Ghost Host- Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your host, your  ghost   host . Our tour begins here in this gallery. Here, where you see paintings of some of our guests as they appeared in their corruptible, mortal state. Kindly step all the way in please, and make room for everyone. There’s no turning back now.

Cast Member (wording can vary a little)- Please drag your bodies away from the walls and into the dead center of the room.

Ghost Host- Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this haunted room  actually  stretching? Or is it your imagination — hmm? And consider this dismaying observation: this chamber has no windows and no doors… which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out! Of course, there’s always my way.

(After this you’ll hear thunder, the lights go out, and there is screaming. The doors open and the lights go on)

Ghost Host- Oh, I didn’t mean to frighten you prematurely. The real chills come later. Now, as they say, “look alive,” and we’ll continue our little tour. And let’s all stay together, please.

And now, a carriage approaches to carry you into the boundless realm of the supernatural. Once on board, remain safely seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside. And watch your children, please.

Do not pull down on the safety bar, please.  I  will lower it for you. And heed this warning: the spirits will materialize only if you remain quietly seated at all times. Oh yes, and no flash pictures,  please . We spirits are frightfully sensitive to bright lights. (This is then repeated in Spanish)

(Guests move into the Library)

Ghost Host- Our library is well-stocked with priceless first editions — only ghost stories, of course — and marble busts of the greatest ghost writers the literary world has ever known. They have all  retired  here, to the Haunted Mansion.

Actually, we have 999 happy haunts here. But there’s room for 1,000. Any volunteers?

(Doom Buggies move into the Esher Staircase Room)

If you should decide to join us, final arrangements may be made at the end of the tour.

(Doom Buggies move into the Corridor of Doors)

(Doom Buggies pass into the Hitchhiking Ghosts Corridor)

Ghost Host- They have selected you to fill our quota, and they’ll haunt you until you return!

Ghost Host- Now  I  will raise the safety bar, and a ghost will follow you home!  (Laughs.)

(Guests exit their Doom Buggies)

Haunted Mansion FAQ

The most famous lines from the Haunted Mansion script are “Welcome foolish mortals” and “of course there’s always my way”.

The floating head’s name is Madame Leota. She is also in the Haunted Mansion film. Madame Leota quotes are some of the very best in the movie and in the Haunted Mansion script.

They are known as the Hitchhiking Ghosts. Their names are Phineas, Ezra, and Gus.

There you have it, the whole script for the Disneyland Haunted Mansion ride and for the Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion ride.

Which Haunted Mansion script do you like riding more?

My favorite part of the Haunted Mansion script is Madame Leota’s line that starts with hurry back. What’s yours?

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The Meaning Behind The Song: Grim Grinning Ghosts by Walt Disney Records

Grim Grinning Ghosts is a hauntingly delightful song that was created for the well-known Disney attraction, Haunted Mansion. As a Disney fan myself, I have always been captivated by the spooky and magical atmosphere of this attraction, and the song perfectly captures the essence of the Haunted Mansion experience.

The lyrics of Grim Grinning Ghosts transport us into the eerie world of the supernatural. With the opening lines, “When hinges creak in doorless chambers and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls,” we are immediately immersed in the chilling ambiance of the Haunted Mansion.

The song invites us to join the ghosts as they come alive and socialize. The singing busts and ghost host, accompanied by a haunting organ solo, set the stage for a swinging wake. The happy haunts materialize and begin to vocalize, making their presence known. It’s a celebration of all things spooky and ghostly.

Throughout the song, there are references to crypt doors creaking, tombstones quaking, and restless bones rising. These descriptions paint a vivid picture of the supernatural activities taking place within the Haunted Mansion. The ghosts come out to socialize, enjoying their midnight spree as they harmonize and shriek with eerie delight.

But there’s also a playful side to the ghosts’ antics. The lyrics caution us not to close our eyes or try to hide, as a silly spook may sit by our side. The ghosts are shrouded in daft disguises as they pretend to terrorize. It emphasizes that the Haunted Mansion is a place of fun and entertainment, rather than true fright.

One of the most memorable lines in the song comes from the Duchess and King, who proclaim, “So hurry back, we would like your company.” It’s an invitation to all mortals to become a part of their jamboree. The ghosts are welcoming, and despite their ghoulish appearances, they simply want to have a good time with their guests.

Grim Grinning Ghosts is a timeless classic that has become synonymous with the Haunted Mansion attraction. Its catchy melody and eerie lyrics have made it a beloved song among Disney fans of all ages. Whenever I listen to this song, I am transported back to my visits to the Haunted Mansion, and I can’t help but sing along with the playful and mischievous ghosts.

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Album title: Disney Classics (2013)

This version of the song was recorded in early 1969 with the Mellomen backed up by a group of jazz session musicians. It features the talents of Bill Lee as the playback singer, along with Betty Wand, Leota Toombs, Paul Frees, and Thurl Ravenscroft.

Grim Grinning Ghosts was written by Buddy Baker and X Atencio. The song has also been performed by other artists such as Jay Meyer, Verne Rowe, Bill Reeve, Loulie Jean Norman, Candy Candido, Chuck Schroeder, Bob Entwright, Dallas McKennon, Bill Days, Alan Davies, and Ernie Newton.

The song has inspired various covers and remixes over the years, showcasing its enduring popularity. Notable covers include the one by Creature Feature, and a remix by The Living Tombstone featuring CORPSE and Crusher-P.

Overall, Grim Grinning Ghosts is a song that continues to enchant and entertain Disney fans, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the ghostly world of the Haunted Mansion. It’s a perfect blend of spooky fun and catchy melodies that have made it a beloved Disney classic.

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Grim Grinning Ghosts " (complete title: " Grim Grinning Ghosts (The Screaming Song) ") is the theme song for the Haunted Mansion attractions at Disney theme parks . It was composed by Buddy Baker , with lyrics written by Xavier Atencio . Its melody has been adapted for numerous uses since its composition in the late 1960s.

Disney Sing Along Songs: Happy Haunting uses the song's title and tune, but with some of the lyrics changed. It also contains scenes from various Disney shorts, films, and television episodes.

In the House of Mouse episode " House Ghosts ", the Haunted Mansion ghosts perform the song after Pete unleashes them in an attempt to scare the guests out of the club , only to scare himself out instead.

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  • Original Song
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(Spoken) When hinges creak in doorless chambers And strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still That is the time when ghosts are present Practicing their terror with ghoulish delight (Sung) When the crypt doors creak, and the tombstones quake Spooks come out for a swinging wake Happy haunts materialize And begin to vocalize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Now don't close your eyes and don't try to hide Or a silly spook may sit by your side Shrouded in a daft disguise They pretend to terrorize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize As the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree Spooks arrive for the midnight spree Creepy creeps with eerie eyes Start to shriek and harmonize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize When you hear the knell of a requiem bell Weird glows gleam where spirits dwell Restless bones etherialize Rise as spooks of every size Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Mwahahahahahahahaha! (repeat three times) If you would like to join our jamboree There's a simple rule that's compulsory Mortals pay a token fee Rest in peace, the haunting's free So hurry back, we would like your company Hurry back...hurry back... Be sure to bring your death certificate If you decide to join us Make final arrangements now We've been... dying ...to have you

Girl: Boy, this place is creepy. Boy: Yeah. Girl: I wonder what weird things happen here at night? (imagines) Thurl Ravenscroft : When the crypt doors creak, and the tombstones quake Spooks come out for a swinging wake Happy haunts materialize And begin to vocalize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Now don't close your eyes and don't try to hide Or a silly spook may sit by your side Shrouded in a daft disguise They pretend to terrorize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Chorus: When you hear the knell of a requiem bell Weird glows gleam where spirits dwell Restless bones etherialize Rise as spooks of every size Thurl Ravenscroft: As the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree Spooks arrive for the midnight spree Creepy creeps with eerie eyes Start to shriek and harmonize ( Maleficent / Big Bad Wolf : BOO!) Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize If you would like to join a jamboree There's a simple rule that's compulsory Chorus: Mortals pay a token fee Thurl Ravenscroft: Rest in peace, the haunting's free So hurry back, we would like your company Donald (as a ghost): (in the Paris version) Hello! What? Hey, wait a minute! Oh...Well, buh-bye! Goodbye! (fantasy ends) Boy: Danielle? Hey! Danielle! Let's go.

Grim Grinning Ghosts come out... (x4) When the crypt doors creak, and the tombstones quake Spooks come out for a screaming wake Creepy creeps with eerie eyes Start to shriek and harmonize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Flying ghosts in the firelight Rising spooks on every side restless bones materialize eerie eyes in the night Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize So don't close your eyes and try to hide Or a silly spook may sit by your side Dressed up in a strange disguise They pretend to terrorize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out Grim Grinning Ghosts come out Grim Grinning Ghosts come out Grim Grinning Ghosts come out Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out Grim Grinning Ghosts come out Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize

When the crypt doors creak, and the tombstones quake Spooks come out for a swinging wake Happy haunts materialize And begin to vocalize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Now don't close your eyes and don't try to hide Or a silly spook may sit by your side Shrouded in a daft disguise They pretend to terrorize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Mwahahahahahahahaha! As the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree Spooks arrive for the midnight spree Creepy creeps with eerie eyes Start to shriek and harmonize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize When you hear the knell of a requiem bell Weird glows gleam where spirits dwell Restless bones etherialize Rise as spooks of every size Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize!!! Mwahahahahahahahaha!

The crypt doors creek and the tombstones quake Spooks come out for a swinging wake Happy haunts materialize And begin to vocalize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize Don't close your eyes and don't try to hide There's a silly spook sitting by your side Shrouded in a draft disguise They pretend to terrorize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize As the moon hangs high with the dead oak trees Spooks arrive for a midnight spree Creepy creeps with eerie eyes Start to shriek and harmonize Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize When your hear the knell of a requiem bell Weird glows gleam where the spirits dwell Restless bones with eerie eyes Rising spooks of every size Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize (instrumental break then repeat whole verse above) Grim Grinning Ghosts come out to socialize (3x)

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Haunted mansion [ ].

Many different music loops are used throughout the Haunted Mansion attractions at Disneyland , Walt Disney World , and Tokyo Disneyland . Speakers disguised within the sets allow the music to fade in and out as guests pass through the different areas. The following variations of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" can be heard in these attractions.

  • Entrance Foyer: As guests enter the dimly-lit foyer, a distant organ can be heard. "Grim Grinning Ghosts," played in the slow cadence of a funeral dirge, rumbles through the mansion. This simple arrangement is intended to set the spooky tone for the attraction. It features melody and bass line on a theater organ and an almost inaudible countermelody on tubular bells.
  • Loading Area: Guests leave the "stretching room" and proceed down a hall of morphing portraits. One of the ride's most unconventional musical selections plays in the background. An alto flute plays a low rendition of Baker's composition, with tubular bells doubling the melody. There is also a wind-like sound effect that follows the pitches of the song.
  • Piano Parlor: In the Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland versions, guests pass by a decrepit music parlor. A shadowy phantom sits at the piano, playing "Grim Grinning Ghosts" as block chords with heavy rubato. This rendition isn't heard in the original Disneyland mansion, but it was recorded during the production of the original attraction. Many sources claim that Buddy Baker himself performed this piece.
  • Seance Room: Guests pass through the ominous Corridor of Doors (while the foyer organ plays again) and enter Madame Leota's seance room. A variety of instruments float through the room, including a harp, a tambourine, and a trumpet. The song's melody hums softly on the organ in the background, while the other instruments fade in and out.
  • Ballroom: A long mezzanine overlooks the mansion's ballroom, which is swarming with translucent ghosts. On the far left, spirits pour from the pipes of an organ prop as "Grim Grinning Ghosts" howls through the ballroom, this time as a waltz. This piece makes use of unusual chords, including minor/major sevenths and cluster chords. Baker originally approached organist Gaylord B. Carter, who had recorded the other organ tracks for the mansion, for this ballroom waltz. But Carter was taking too sensible an approach for Baker's tastes, so he took a transcription of Carter's improvisations to William Sabransky. Sabransky then improvised from Carter's attempts.
  • Attic: A phantom pianist, similar to the one in the Walt Disney World piano parlor, is seen. He is laboring over a grim refrain of Richard Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" instead of "Grim Grinning Ghosts." This music loop, which was added to the Disneyland attraction several decades after it opened, is actually synchronized with the music in the next area. The piece has been transposed into the keys of A minor, A♭ minor, and B minor, with the chords and key changes mimicking those used in "Grim Grinning Ghosts." The piece's structure has also been modified to integrate seamlessly with the graveyard jamboree, which becomes more and more audible as the guests leave the attic.
  • Graveyard Jamboree: X Atencio's lyrics are first heard in the graveyard scene. A large number of different music loops play throughout the area. Most of them are ghosts singing the lyrics over a background loop that provides the 1960s style bass line and rhythm section. One of the tracks features a harp, trumpet, oboe, flute, and set of stones. All four verses are present, with first two in A minor, the third in B♭ minor, and the fourth in B minor. This presentation of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" is by far the loudest and most noticeable in the ride.
  • Exit Crypt: Guests exit their Doom Buggies and proceed through the exit crypt, which leads back up to New Orleans Square . A final, somber a capella refrain can be faintly heard with different lyrics.

Grim Grinning Ghosts has been covered by the Canadian rock group Barenaked Ladies. A variation of this song is also used at Disney World's Magic Kingdom HalloWishes fireworks show and Disneyland's Halloween Screams fireworks show. It's also used in parades at Disneyland Paris Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland during the Halloween season.

The seasonal " Haunted Mansion Holiday " overlay at the original Anaheim attraction mixes the tune with Danny Elfman's melody lines from The Nightmare Before Christmas together with Jolly Old Saint Nicholas and Jingle Bells . One of the most prominent instances of this is a straight orchestral statement of the "Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize" melody line that plays at the end of the cue for the stretching room.

Phantom Manor [ ]

On April 12 , 1992 , Phantom Manor opened at Disneyland Paris . Based on the original Disneyland ride but with a new backstory tied into Frontierland , Big Thunder Mountain , and Thunder Mesa , Phantom Manor featured a more coherent storyline and an all-new orchestral soundtrack by composer John Debney .

Phantom Manor takes a different approach to the same concept as the previous Haunted Mansion attractions. The intended mood is one of corrupted elegance, rather than morbid kookiness. As a result, the soundtrack is different as well. The traditional Haunted Mansion attractions feature music that is usually played or sung by characters in the scenery: an organist's waltz, a graveyard band jamboree and so on. Phantom Manor, however, has a full orchestral soundtrack that takes a more cinematic approach, although all of the music is based on "Grim Grinning Ghosts", and the vocal audio and film of the Singing Busts from the original 1969 attraction are retained. A variety of instrumentations are used. At various moments, guests hear piano, organ, alto flute, a boy's choir, a jazz band and a female voice soloist who symbolizes the character of Melanie Ravenswood , all in addition to the ordinary orchestral complement.

The Haunted Mansion [ ]

When Walt Disney Pictures released a Haunted Mansion movie, composer Mark Mancina was asked to write the film's music. Like Phantom Manor's soundtrack, the movie score is orchestral and uses "Grim Grinning Ghosts" frequently. However, Mancina used "Grim Grinning Ghosts" in somewhat different ways from Debney, focusing more on relatively light-hearted background music and ominous crescendos of orchestra and organ than on waltz-like passion. Cues such as the film's overture allowed Mancina to work with both "Grim Grinning Ghosts" and a theme of his own invention. A scene in the mansion's graveyard also features the attraction's singing busts, whose musical selections include a few lines from the song. The vast majority of the film's music, though, was never officially released as a soundtrack, though copies of a complete album given to staff and orchestra members can occasionally be found for sale. Four minutes of the score did make it onto the "Haunted Hits" CD release, which groups " Sara Passes Out," the overture, and "Going to Heaven" into one track entitled "Overture from The Haunted Mansion." However, none of the orchestral and/or organ statements of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" are heard on this album.

Inside Out [ ]

The Otherworldly Concerto section of the song can be heard in Inside Out as the background music for one of Riley 's dreams early on in the film.

Graveyard Singers [ ]

The singing busts [ ].

L-R: Ned Nub, Uncle Theodore, Cousin Al, Rollo Rumkin, Phineas Pock

Played by Jay Meyer, Thurl Ravenscroft , Verne Rowe, Bob Ebright, and Chuck Schroeder. Originally, the busts were to be portrayed by five actors but the decision was made to use the singers after they showed a good deal of emotion during the recording session. They sing the majority of the song and, like many of the ghosts, each bust has an official character name. They are: Ned Nub (Meyer), Uncle Theodore (Ravenscroft), Rollo Rumkin (Rowe), Phineas Pock (Ebright), and Cousin Al (Schroeder). Ravenscroft's bust is often misidentified as being Walt Disney himself.

The Opera Singers [ ]

The Opera Singers

Voiced by Loulie Jean Norman (soprano) and Bill Reeve (tenor). The pair alternate between verses for a full repetition of the main song. Buddy Baker directed this recording session himself and spoke of having to record several takes. According to him, the classically trained Norman had a difficult time straying from the actual melody line, which she had perfected prior to recording.

The Ghost Hostess [ ]

"Live shot" of the Ghost Hostess

Played by WED Imagineer Leota "Toombs" Thomas , who is also the face of Madame Leota. Because of this many fans refer to this ghost "Little Leota" but the name is not official. She stands just before the exit and pleads for guests to hurry back and join the party.

  • The term Grim Grinning Ghost is taken from William Shakespeare 's poem Venus and Adonis where it was used by Venus as a derogatory towards death saying, "a nd, sighing it again, exclaims on Death. ‘Hard-favour’d tyrant, ugly, meagre, lean, Hateful divorce of love,’—thus chides she Death,— ‘Grim-grinning ghost, earth’s worm, what dost thou mean? ".

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NEWS: Hatbox Ghost Materializes at the Haunted Mansion at Disney World

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He’s finally here! The Hatbox Ghost has now materialized at the Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom. Catch a look a the new resident ghost below.

Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Julia Ohlrich:

Greetings, foolish mortals… We are delighted to inform you the Hatbox Ghost has come out to socialize at the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park! The iconic grim grinning ghost has decided to reveal himself to guests for the first time since his arrival was announced at Destination D23 earlier this year.

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For those unacquainted with this reclusive resident, the Hatbox Ghost first appeared in the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park in 1969. In 2015, he reappeared in the attraction but had yet to show himself at the Magic Kingdom attraction — until now!

Materializing next to the Endless Hallway, the Hatbox Ghost emerges through a cobalt blue glass-paned door under the cloak of night. Traces of muddy footprints mark his path as he arranges his cart of hatboxes and luggage. Lit by the moon and the warm glow of a dim lantern, guests come face-to-face with the Hatbox Ghost, grimly grinning as he takes fiendish delight in unnerving visitors with his heady parlor trick.

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Our Disney Imagineers have been working hard to prepare the Mansion for his arrival — enhancing lighting and updating paint throughout the queue and attraction.

But, they’re not the only ones who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Hatbox Ghost… The 999 happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion are in high spirits, celebrating his appearance by being on their ghoulishly best behavior for this hauntingly grand affair.

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Come see the Hatbox Ghost for yourself now at the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park!

RELATED ARTICLE: 10 Things You May Not Know About Haunted Mansion at Disney World

by Cindy E. Nykamp

Of all the rides at Disney World, few are more iconic than the Haunted Mansion. It is simply the best haunted house attraction in the world. While this ride should be approached with caution when it comes to young children, rest assured that this is not a horror house. The haunting is combined with some good humor, and most people find it pleasantly entertaining rather than frightening. The fun begins when you step into line and continues out past the exit. With so many different parts of this ride, amazing effects and subtle jokes, there is a lot to love. Every visit brings new discoveries. Here are some things you may not know about this classic attraction.

1 – Spooky Interactive Queue

You may not mind waiting in this attraction’s ride queue because there is so much to see! You’ll discover a musical crypt. Tap any of the embossed musical instruments on the crypt to hear a haunted tune mysteriously play. Check out the tomb of the Sepulcher of the Sea Captain, which leaks water and bubbles rise as the Captain sings a long-lost tune. On the tomb of Posthumous Poetess, words inexplicably appear! Finally, in the Secret Library push in the books that mysteriously pop out at this haunted bookcase. Lots of fun surprises await in this line so you may want to take a long way.

2 – The Tombstones

Of course, don’t miss the tombs to your left just before you enter the Mansion. Be on the lookout for some spooky sights and some laughs as well. The highlight of the graveyard is the Madame Leota tombstone. A tribute to Disney Costumer Leota Toombs (what a great name!) who portrayed the spiritual medium Madame Leota in the séance scene, this headstone might surprise you if you look carefully. Toombs was honored with this unique tombstone in 2001. Interestingly, the names on the other tombstones are those of Disney Imagineers who helped create the Haunted Mansion. Marc Davis (Grandpa Mark), Fred Joerger (Good Old Fred) and Yale Gracey (Master Gracey) are all Imagineers who left their mark on the attraction.

3 – Stretching Room

The ride portion of the Haunted Mansion is preceded by the famous Stretching Room where you are introduced to your Ghost Host. Is this room actually stretching? At Disney World, the answer is actually sort of. In the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, the stretching room was born of necessity. The actual ride is housed in a building on the other side of the railroad tracks. The California Stretching Room is actually an elevator that moves guests from the entrance to the lower level below the tracks. In the Disney World version, the ride itself is housed in a hidden building directly behind the facade you see from the queue area well within the Magic Kingdom Railroad tracks. Since there is no need for an elevator (unlike at Disneyland), the ceiling just goes up! But that’s okay because the stretching room is fantastic and it just wouldn’t be right without it.

4 – The Song “Grim Grinning Ghosts”

Can you imagine visiting the Haunted Mansion without hearing the spooky, yet merry theme song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts?” Neither can I. The success of the theme song, “Yo Ho Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me), at Pirates of the Caribbean, was the driving force behind creating another compelling tune for the Haunted Mansion attraction. Buddy Baker and X. Atencio wrote the song, while voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft sang for the track. Thurl’s quartet, The Mellomen, contributed harmony to “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”  Buddy Baker, X. Antencio and Thurl Ravenscroft have all been named Disney Legends in years past for their contributions to Disney Parks and films.

5 – Home to 999 Happy Haunts

The Haunted Mansion is based on 19th century Hudson River Dutch Gothic architecture. This architecture makes sense since it resides just beyond the burgeoning harbor town of Liberty Square. Since this home was abandoned, it has become home to 999 specters. Though there is room for 1000 if you’d like to volunteer. You’ll be delighted to meet your, Ghost Host, who is your helpful guide through the 15 rooms that are waiting to be explored. Paul Frees, the voice of the Ghost Host, also provided voices for Ludwig Von Drake, Boris Badenov, the Pillsbury Doughboy and many of the Pirates of the Caribbean, including the famous Auctioneer. Madame Leota, the disembodied head inside the crystal ball, is the voice of Eleanor Audley, who also provided the voices of Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella.

6 – Dancing Ghosts

A trick that has been around since the early 1800s creates the dancing ghosts in the ballroom scene. The trick, called the Pepper’s Ghost illusion, is where illuminated objects are reflected onto a pane of glass, making them appear translucent. The ghosts are images of real animatronics, which are hidden out of sight just below and above the ride vehicle track.

7 – Singing Busts

“Grim Grinning Ghosts” comes alive in the graveyard scene, where a set of singing busts will “shriek and harmonize.” Each of the busts has a name. They are Rollo Rumkin, Uncle Theodore, Cousin Algernon, Ned Nub, and Phineas P. Pock. The face of singer Thurl Ravenscroft appears on one of the singing busts – Uncle Theodore, which at Disney World is the “broken” bust.

8 – The Haunted Mansion Bride

The Mansions in Disneyland, Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland all have their own Brides, and she is a central character in the Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris. The Disney World Bride was recently updated into a more ominous, hatchet-wielding figure named Constance, who speaks grim twists on traditional wedding vows. Portraits of her in the attic show Constance and her ill-fated husbands, whose heads disappear from the portraits before your very eyes.

9 – Hitchhiking Ghosts

One of the most popular scenes in the Haunted Mansion comes at the end when your Doom Buggy gets one of three additional passengers that are sure to follow you home. The original effect was kind of a “Pepper’s Ghost” in reverse since you’re seeing the real animatronic figure sitting next to your reflection in the glass. Recently, the sequence has been upgraded — the ghosts now move around and interact with guests from either inside or atop the Doom Buggies.

10 – Pet Cemetery

On your way out don’t miss the pet cemetery on your left. Look way in the back for a newer addition to the gravestones: Mr. Toad. The Disney World version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was closed and reworked into the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, so the repurposed Toad figure is a tribute to a lost ride.

This is such a rich ride experience with so many things to see, you can spot something new every time you ride it. What’s your favorite part of the Haunted Mansion!

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The SATURDAY SIX Looks at DISNEY SING ALONG SONGS – Happy Haunting

This week’s  SATURDAY SIX   takes a look at the Disney Sing Along Series – HAPPY HAUNTING! Today is Halloween, so we here at SAT 6 headquarters thought it would be a good time to head back into the Disney Sing Along Series and check out one based around pure spookiness…Happy Haunting!

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Our program starts off with a card featuring Mickey and Minnie inviting us to a Halloween party.

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The Magic Mirror from Snow White is our narrator. Think of him as an evil Dr. Seuss, as everything he says is in rhyme. “To the Haunted Mansion you’re invited. For a Halloween party, I’m so excited. Mickey and Minnie are waiting at the gate, they need your help to decorate. So come one, come all, join in. The Halloween party is about to begin.”

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# 6 – The Haunted Mansion

The setting for Happy Haunting is Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. At the start of the program, my mind began to think of all the cool elements of the Haunted Mansion that we’d be able to see and have the characters interact with. Nay Nay. The Sing Along Series had something else in mind.

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Mickey and Minnie stand at the front of the Haunted Mansion, welcoming in a group of kids.

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Mickey and Minnie have coordinated outfits, and they definitely made a choice .

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We then enter the “Haunted Mansion” and it’s like we’re in a soundstage set straight out of an ’80s sitcom like Full House or Step By Step . Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and his son Max are here, along with adult humans dressed as Dracula, werewolf, mummy, Frankenstein, and the bride of Frankenstein. Our first sing along song is “It’s Halloween,” which must have been made just for this show because the lyrics seemed like someone was making them up on the spot; including You can trick or treat with a skeleton. Make no bones about it it’s fun … and It’s Halloween. We’ll be real dandy. We’re going to sing and dress up and eat candy .

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The party is interrupted by Magic Mirror, but he is unseen and has everyone wondering who is speaking. Here we are introduced to three of the kids who will be our main characters throughout Happy Haunting: Sally, Sam, and Zach.

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# 5 –  Grim Grinning Ghosts

Interestingly enough, Grim Grinning Ghosts was just about a headliner song on Disneyland Fun , but here it is just tossed out near the beginning with a much worse version that does not include the voice of Thurl Ravenscroft . There’s another bizarre decision later on in the song list, but it makes you wonder if Disney had the rights to their own songs when making Happy Haunting, because this is what you would do if you couldn’t use the good versions.

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Grim Grinning Ghosts plays the show cuts to a montage of ghost and “scary” moments from various Disney shorts and animated features over the years, including Alice in Wonderland and Snow White , but most come from the famous Lonesome Ghosts short from 1937.

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# 4 – Goofy’s Fever Dream

To set up the song “Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips” we have Zach explaining to Dracula that he’s hungry. For whatever reason, at this point Sam is sitting on Dracula’s lap .

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The Magic Mirror says: “Sounds like you need recharging, and your tummy needs enlarging. Without a doubt. Goofy is the one to help you out.”

We then cut to maybe one of the craziest music videos I have ever seen in my life. Chicken Lips and Lizard Hip s is definitely a fun kid’s song, filled with a lot of funny lines for the younger set, so I can imagine this was probably one of the biggest “hits” for kid’s growing up watching this VHS tape.

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So the song has Goofy dancing in front of the kid’s as he explains his cooking process.

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Then the kid’s just disappear out of nowhere.

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Only to reappear a second later. No idea if this was a mistake that Disney felt wasn’t worth the time to fix, or it was a deliberate part of the song meant to mess with your mind.

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Here is the main chorus of Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips , with verses that would make any kid giggle.

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At the end of the song Goofy serves his meal to the kids and they would clearly rather eat a Pop Tart Sandwich .

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# 3 – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Our three main characters spend a lot of time on the “second floor” of the Haunted Mansion, and in one scene they are led to a bookcase for story fun . The kid’s say they don’t know any Halloween stories. The Magic Mirror responds, “the best way to start knowing, is to read the book that is glowing.”

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In front of them, a book starts to glow. I say with no sarcasm this was one of the more impressive effects of Happy Haunting.

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The book then falls to the floor, revealing itself to be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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The book magically opens up and flips through the pages, leading to Brom Van Brunt singing “The Headless Horseman” from Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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However, Disney’s iconic version – the one we all know and love – has Bing Crosby singing The Headless Horseman . Like Grim Grinning Ghosts, Happy Haunting decided to replace Bing Crosby’s voice with someone else singing the song and we are much worse off for it.

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# 2 – Five Little Witches

To set up the song Five Little Witches, our three main characters are back in the same second floor hallway.

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Sally pulls a rope that reveals the bookcase is a secret doorway.

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Zach is left alone, wondering where the other two went.

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Zach, seeing the rope still slightly swinging, also pulls on it to reveal the hidden passageway. There was literally no reason for him not to go in with the first two kids other than to pad out the running time of this program by about 30 seconds.

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You would think that this new room would be filled with Haunted Mansion Easter eggs. You would be wrong.

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The kids do discover a mirror, and when looking into it, things get weird.

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I mean REALLY WEIRD.

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We then cut to the song Five Little Witches as all the young girls from the Halloween are in the process of putting on makeup.

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This is straight up bonkers .

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But it gets even crazier! The boys from the party are now all dressed up as old timey newspaper photographers from the 1940s.

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We’re also now in a room in the “Haunted Mansion” where a display has been set up for a professional photo shoot. Imagine, you are taking pictures of witches . In storyline, you are in the Haunted Mansion . What do you use as a backdrop? Why, you create your own version of Olan Mills Photography with a cardboard cutout of the sky. THIS IS INSANE.

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I’m not even sure if “breaking the fourth wall,” is the best term for what we are seeing here. Maybe the first ever use of breaking the fifth wall . Not only is Happy Haunting revealing that everything we are seeing is taking place on a soundstage, but even within the Haunted Mansion set they created the kids built a different set.

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But what was even more nuts is that every second or so the screen would go bright white to simulate one of these old fashioned cameras taking a picture. If Happy Haunting was released today it would have to include one of those trigger warnings for people with epilepsy. Then it goes to reverse image for a bit and gets really bananas.

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# 1 – Trick or Treating in Toontown

The kids all have their costumes, and who should show up but Merlin.

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Merlin then uses his powers to transport the kids from the Haunted Mansion….

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…to Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland, where all the kids are trick or treating.

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This is what I would have liked more from Happy Haunting in general, tons of details from the theme parks we love.

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Several other characters join us for this segment as well, including the Fairy Godmother.

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Chip and Dale.

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Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

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The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.

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Mickey is giving candy out at his house.

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While Minnie is outside her house as well.

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At the end of trick or treating, Merlin transports the kids back into the Haunted Mansion.

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Honorable Mention – Monster Mash

Back at the Haunted Mansion, Sam says he knows who the mysterious voice talking to everyone was. He points to the mirror on the wall.

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The Magic Mirror reveals that Sam was right.

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And then we go straight into the song Monster Mash. I mean straight into Monster Mash . It’s impossible to describe how weird Happy Haunting can be at times.

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Unlike Disneyland Fun, for the most part Happy Haunting didn’t do much with the “sing along” feature other than word would change to a different color when being sung. For Monster Mash, they did add vampire’s teeth to one line, so that should count for something .

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Monster Mash also included one of the only “artistic” elements of the entire program, an overhead shot of the adults doing synchronized dancing while lying on the floor.

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OVERALL THOUGHTS: This was a gigantic step down in quality compared to Disneyland Fun . While Disneyland Fun went above and beyond on using the theme park environment and top level songs, Happy Haunting mailed it in and made the unfathomable choice to go with recreations of iconic Disney tunes. Even at the Halloween party and during the trick or treat song in Mickey’s Toontown, some of the Disney characters are dressed up and others aren’t. Donald Duck is dressed up, but Daisy isn’t.  Chip and Dale have costumes, but Huey, Dewey and Louie do not. Everything has the “well, it’s good enough ” feel about it, but Disney has shown it can do much better.

tl;dr version –

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So there you have it: Six Reasons We Love Disney’s Sing Along Series – HAPPY HAUNTING!   See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out  The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles covering the latest from the Disney Outlet Stores. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter ( @derekburgan ).

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My daughter is 14 and she has had this movie since she was 1. She loves it and Halloween doesn’t officially start in our household for her until she and her cousin (15 years old) watch and sing along to this movie together. There are some clips in the movie that we weren’t originally familiar with and we have since sought them out and they are now favorites too.

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