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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is the seventh incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo, and the final first-run version of the original 1969–86 broadcast run of the series. The series premiered on September 7, 1985 and ran for one season on ABC as a half-hour program. Thirteen episodes of the show were made in 1985. It replaced Scary Scooby Funnies, a repackaging of earlier shows; another repackaged series, Scooby's Mystery Funhouse, followed.

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo previously aired in reruns on Cartoon Network, but currently the series only airs sporadically on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang.


In the initial episode, the gang are thrown off course on a trip to Honolulu in Daphne's plane, landing instead in the Himalayas. While inside a temple, Scooby and Shaggy are tricked by two bumbling ghosts named Bogel and Weerd into opening the Chest of Demons, a magical artifact which houses the thirteen most terrifying and powerful ghosts and demons ever to walk the face of the Earth.

As the ghosts can only be returned to the chest by those who originally set them free, Scooby and Shaggy, accompanied by Daphne, Scrappy-Doo, and a young juvenile Mexican con artist named Flim-Flam, embark on a worldwide quest to recapture them before they wreak irreversible havoc upon the world. Assisting them is Flim-Flam's friend, a warlock named Vincent Van Ghoul (based upon and voiced by Vincent Price), who contacts the gang using his crystal ball and often employs magic and witchcraft to assist them. The thirteen escaped ghosts, meanwhile, each attempt to do away with the gang lest they be returned to the chest, often employing Bogel and Weerd as lackeys.

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo differed greatly from most previous incarnations of the series, in that it pitted the Scooby-Doo characters against actual supernatural forces. The concept of capturing real ghosts was one that was already familiar in mid-1980s culture after the debut of the film Ghostbusters in 1984; indeed, two other ghost-busting series, The Real Ghostbusters (an adaptation of the film) and a Filmation production known as Ghostbusters, were also soon to debut. Story editor and associate producer Tom Ruegger led the overhaul of the property, and the irreverent, fourth wall breaking humor found in each episode would resurface in his later works, among them A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Animaniacs. As with most of the other early-1980s Scooby-Doo series, original characters Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley do not appear.

The series was canceled and replaced by reruns of Laff-a-Lympics in March 1986, before the end of the season. It became the final Scooby series to feature Scrappy-Doo, as it was decided by Ruegger and ABC that they would overhaul the series entirely, developing A Pup Named Scooby-Doo in 1988. At the time of the cancellation, eleven of the thirteen ghost were recaptured, although it is unknown if some of the ghosts captured in the two episodes, "Ship of Ghouls" and "A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You", where more than one of the thirteen ghost were captured, are part of the originals.


  • Susan Blu – Flim Flam
  • Arte Johnson – Weerd
  • Casey Kasem – Norville "Shaggy" Rogers
  • Don Messick – Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo
  • Howard Morris – Bogel, Platypus Duck
  • Heather North Kenney – Daphne Blake
  • Vincent Price – Vincent Van Ghoul


1. To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before

2. Scoobra Kadoobra

3. Me and My Shadow Demon

4. Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye

5. That's Monstertainment

6. Ship of Ghouls

7. A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You

8. When You Witch Upon a Star

9. It's a Wonderful Scoob

10. Scooby in Kwackyland

11. Coast to Ghost

12. The Ghouliest Show on Earth

13. Horror-Scope Scoob

Home Release

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On June 29, 2010, Warner Home Video released The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series on DVD.

Hanna-Barbera Series

1980 Drak PackThe Flintstone Comedy ShowThe Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show
1981 Laverne & Shirley in the ArmySpace StarsTeen ForceThe Kwicky Koala ShowTrollkinsThe Smurfs
1982 The Flintstone FunniesMork and Mindy: The Animated SeriesThe Little RascalsPac-ManJokebookShirt TalesThe Gary Coleman Show
1983 The DukesMonchhichisThe New Scooby and Scrappy Doo ShowThe Biskitts
Lucky Luke
1984 SnorksChallenge of the GoBots
1985 Paw PawsYogi's Treasure HuntGaltar and the Golden LanceThe Berenstain Bears
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-DooThe Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
1986 The New Adventures of Jonny QuestPound PuppiesThe Flintstone KidsFoofurWildfire
1987 Sky CommandersPopeye and Son
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-DooThe Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
The New Yogi Bear ShowFantastic Max
1989 The Further Adventures of SuperTedPaddington Bear

1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho PandaTom & Jerry KidsWake, Rattle, and RollRick Moranis in Gravedale HighMidnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
1991 The Pirates of Dark WaterYo Yogi!
1992 Fish PoliceCapitol CrittersThe Addams Family
1993 Droopy, Master DetectiveThe New Adventures of Captain Planet2 Stupid Dogs
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
1995 Dumb and DumberWhat a Cartoon!
1996 Cave Kids: Pebbles & Bamm BammThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Dexter's Laboratory
1997 Johnny BravoCow & ChickenI Am Weasel
1998 The Powerpuff Girls