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In The Halloween Door, the Chairman of Citizens United Against Halloween, a man named Crowley, wishes to hire the Ghostbusters to assist him in his crusade. When they refuse, Crowley mistakenly opens up the Halloween Door and breaks the underworld's ancient contract of imprisonment! The Ghostbusters must now battle Boogaloo and save the world! [1]

The "Halloween Door" was a prime time Halloween special that aired on Sunday night on ABC. It was later shown as a normal episode later in the season as a rerun. This is the third Halloween episode, the other two being "When Halloween Was Forever" and "Halloween II 1/2" which both featured the antagonist Samhain.

CastEdit

Ray Stantz

Peter Venkman

Slimer

Lynn Stacy

Winston Zeddemore

Dr. Crowley

Fairweather

Egon Spengler

Janine Melnitz

Louis Tully

Boogaloo

Boogaloo's Minions

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

  • Cameo

H2 Ghost Bottom

  • Cameo

H2 Ghost Top

  • Cameo

Bug-Eye Ghost

  • Cameo

Phantom

  • Cameo

One-Eyed Blue Terror

  • Cameo

Irma

EquipmentEdit

Ecto-1

Tobin's Spirit Guide

P.K.E. Meter

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

Trap

Electrical Gloves

Rock Opera Machine

Electronic Positronic Anti-Halloween Machine

Containment Unit

ItemsEdit

Statue of Liberty

Blody

LocationsEdit

Firehouse

Jefferson Junior High School

Dr. Crowley's Mansion

Times Square

PlotEdit

On October 31, children raced through the neighborhood dressed in their costumes. Upstairs in the Firehouse, Peter was getting ready for his date with Lynn Stacy after a gig at a junior high school. Ray revealed everyone else was going trick or treating. Slimer spent the past week making his own costume. Peter found himself face to face with himself, or rather Slimer dressed up as Peter. Peter got an idea and returned dressed as Slimer then slimed Slimer. Meanwhile, downstairs, Lynn arrived and asked Winston if Peter was around. Winston was startled at first but went upstairs. While Lynn waited, Slimer arrived still in costume. Lynn mistook Slimer for the real deal and asked for a kiss hello. Naturally, Slimer went overboard. Disgusted by the act, Lynn stormed out of the Firehouse. Peter was confused and chased after her. However, waiting just outside were two men.

The Ghostbusters were confronted by Dr. Crowley and his assistant Fairweater, who wanted their help in ending Halloween. Crowley insisted Halloween was dangerous for allowing children's imagination to run wild. As Louis asked Crowley more about his mandate, Fairweather sneaked off. Slimer caught on and followed him. Egon attempted to explain Halloween's cultural significance but Crowley refused to listen. Instead, Winston told Slimer there were candy in the visitors' socks. Crowley and Fairweather ran for it. The guys turned them down, but one of their P.K.E. Meters was stolen by Fairweather when Slimer was distracted by news about candy. Crowley recalled he needed a P.K.E. Meter to help focus his machine. Fairweather revealed the stolen equipment. Not dwelling too long on the moral implications, the duo raced back to Crowley's home.

At Jefferson Junior High, the Ghostbusters put on a rally for the students. Once Egon activated a light show, the guys sang about the history of Halloween. Slimer grabbed a girl dressed as a ballerina from the audience and danced with her while Peter tried to flirt with one of the teachers. Meanwhile, at Crowley's home, Fairweather finished the last of the modifications for the machine, the Electronic Positronic Anti-Halloween Machine (AHM). Once Crowley activated it, the AHM scanned the city and destroyed anything related to Halloween - pumpkins, decorations, costumes, candy, and books. However, something very bad happened. A portal opened in the sky above Crowley's home. A very large demon named Boogaloo and his minions crossed over into New York City. Fairweather revealed Crowley was just a pawn in a plan to open a door to the Other Side. He then revealed his true form - that of a monster!

In the city, the Ghostbusters rescued a mother and infant from a pair of winged monsters. However, the city was infested and Egon worried they were doomed. Ray, however, believed it wasn't time to give up yet. Boogaloo and his minions converged on Times Square and celebrated their victory. The Ghostbusters observed a news report from an electronic store display and learned the President declared a national state of emergency. Boogaloo took over the airwaves and declared the ghosts were in charge because the Halloween Deal was broken. Slime gushed out of the television sets and landed all over the guys. Egon explained how Earth was once infested with demons 2000 years ago but the Druids struck a deal. The worse of the demons moved to the Netherworld on one condition, they would be remembered on one day - Halloween. Egon believed if they didn't restore Halloween by midnight, the contract would be broken permanently. Peter looked at his watch. It was 11:30 pm. Winston realized the Containment Unit was a prime target.

At the Firehouse, Janine, Louis, and Slimer struggled to keep an army of ghosts from entering the basement. Several got through and opened the Containment Unit. Slimer quickly flew Janine and Louis to safety as the unit exploded. From a distance, the guys saw the P.K.E. surge from the explosion. All of a sudden, Ecto-1 fell apart and a bunch of ghosts fled the scene. Out of Ghost Traps and 10 minutes of power left on the Proton Packs, Ray was ready to give up. Peter declared all they had to do was find the door and close it. Egon checked his P.K.E. Meter and pointed towards the Times Square district. Boogaloo stood in their way. While Egon and Winston raced to reverse the AHM, Peter and Ray were left to distract Boogaloo. When Egon and Winston arrived at the mansion, the AHM was fatally sabotaged by several ghosts. Boogaloo toyed with Peter and Ray and animated part of the street to capture them. Egon, Winston, and Crowley were paid a visit by a girl who lived next door, Irma. She was dressed like a Ghostbuster and wanted to help out, stating she wasn't afraid.

Egon realized this was the solution. With two minutes until midnight, Irma was presented to Boogaloo. He was perplexed at her lack of fear. Egon stepped in and inferred Halloween was about the rediscovery of wonder and taking back the night for the children. The Halloween Deal was restored and a portal opened up and pulled Boogaloo and his forces in. Time was also restored backwards to 8 pm. Irma parted ways to meet up with her father and the gang decided to go trick or treating for Halloween.

Original Broadcasting Format InformationEdit

Footage Used in Intro & CreditsEdit

Intro
A special intro was made just for the first airing that included footage from the other intros, the pilot, episode "Standing Room Only", episode "Something's Going Around", and the episode itself.

Typed CreditsEdit

Due to the different intro and handling of the credits for the original broadcasting, the credits are included here. Also included are the credits during the beginning of the episode. To see credits click "Show".

TriviaEdit

  • This episode premiered in prime time on ABC and featured a special opening and closing sequence.
  • Peter's original plans were to attend Donald Trump's party. [2] [3]
  • Peter says he's been waiting five years to slime Slimer. This is true, since he was first slimed by Slimer in the first movie in 1984. [4]
  • J. Michael Straczynski avoided using Samhain and uses Crowley (in order to mock "parent groups") as the villain instead. However, Samhain is in the intro to the episode in reused footage of the third season intro. [5]
  • J. Michael Straczynski wrote the lyrics to both songs in this episode.
  • Dr. Crowley's surname is a nod to Aleister Crowley, an infamous occultist from the early 20th century. [6]
  • The candy in his sock joke was reused in this episode from "When Halloween Was Forever."
  • While obscured by a banner for the Ghostbusters, it appears they perform their "Touching Old Magic" song at a Jefferson Junior High School. Earlier in the episode, Peter mentioned a gig at a junior high in the afternoon. [7]
  • The scene narrated by Crowley when the Electronic Positronic Anti-Halloween Machine starts getting rid of Halloween is an homage to "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." [8]
  • Horror novels in the New York Public Library are destroyed by the Electronic Positronic Anti-Halloween Machine. While this occurs, Dr. Crowley mentions famous authors in the horror genre such as Washington Irving, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley and Ray Bradbury. [9] [10]
    • Destroying the books also shows an example of how Crowley's intentions are wrong. It is illegal to destroy printed media, especially if said printed media is an old classic.
  • The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man appears among the entities seen in the "Boogaloo's Back In Town" sequence.
  • J. Michael Straczynski, during a visual commentary, points out that the destruction of the Containment Unit is stylistically lifted from a similar scene in the first Ghostbusters film.
  • While in the grip of the animated street, Peter points out he can see Ray's house. [11]
  • Brian O'Neal, the voice of Boogaloo, was also a member of the The Bus Boys. That group performed the song "Cleanin' Up The Town" from Ghostbusters and its soundtrack album. [12]
  • Kath Soucie also voices Lynn Stacy, Lady With Baby, and Irma. [13]
  • Rodger Bumpass also voices Fairweather. [14]
  • Maurice LaMarche also voices the news reporter. [15]
  • On page 12, panel 2, of Ghostbusters Annual 2015, on the brown tack board is the black and white advertisement for "The Halloween Door" TV special.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 33. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  2. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Halloween Door" (1989) (DVD ts. 01:03-01:06). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Well, after our gig at the junior high this afternoon, I'm taking Lynn Stacy to the party at Donald Trump's place."
  3. Ray Stantz (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Halloween Door" (1989) (DVD ts. 01:07-01:08). Time Life Entertainment. Ray says: "The quintuple billionaire?!"
  4. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Halloween Door" (1989) (DVD ts. 01:44-01:46). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Five years I waited to do that!"
  5. J. Michael Straczynski (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "The Halloween Door" (1989) Visual Commentary (DVD ts. 01:14-01:20, 03:14-03:34). Time Life Entertainment.
  6. J. Michael Straczynski (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "The Halloween Door" (1989) Visual Commentary (DVD ts. 02:05-02:07). Time Life Entertainment.
  7. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Halloween Door" (1989) (DVD ts. 01:03-01:06). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "Well, after our gig at the junior high this afternoon, I'm taking Lynn Stacy to the party at Donald Trump's place."
  8. J. Michael Straczynski (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "The Halloween Door" (1989) Visual Commentary (DVD ts. 04:52-04:56). Time Life Entertainment.
  9. Dr. Crowley (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Halloween Door" (1989) (DVD ts. 09:38-09:50). Time Life Entertainment. Dr. Crowley says: "Goodbye to Irving, Verne and Poe. Goodbye to Dickens, Shelley, and whoa! Goodbye, Mr. Bradbury. Try not to take it personally."
  10. straczynski Tweet 11/3/15
  11. Peter Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "The Halloween Door" (1989) (DVD ts. 19:07-19:10). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "I--I can see your house from here."
  12. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 33. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  13. Spook Central "The Halloween Door"
  14. Spook Central "The Halloween Door"
  15. Spook Central "The Halloween Door"


GalleryEdit

Intro Screen CapsEdit

Episode Screen CapsEdit

Credits Screen CapsEdit

One image from from Mellotronaic.

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