Haunted Photo Booth

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"Why is there a spooky specter in our picture?!"

Strong Bad attempts to evoke the mysterious apparitions haunting Marzipan's photo booth.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Coach Z, Jaundiced Jerry, Bubs, Strong Sad, The King of Town, Stabby Gabby, Pom Pom, The Poopsmith, Homsar (Easter egg), The Goblin, Jibblies Painting (Easter egg)

See Haunted Photo Booth Costumes for more information on what everyone was wearing.

Places: Marzipan's House, The Field, Inside the Jibblies Painting (Easter egg)

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017

Running Time: 4:31

Page Title: Book A Boof For Your Next Event!



{The toon begins on a shot of what appears to be a large mansion at night.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} I don't wanna go in that spooky place, Marzipan! Don't make me go!

MARZIPAN: {offscreen} Homestar, it'll be fine. Now get in there.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {offscreen} Aw, Marzipan...

{Homestar lifts an orange curtain and enters with Marzipan (each in their costumes), and it is revealed the mansion was the background of a photo booth.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I hate these dang old photo boofs. {He lifts his bat up and brandishes it at Marzipan, who looks surprised.} It's an absolute waste of a perfectly good boof!

MARZIPAN: It's the crown jewel of my Halloween party! {angrily} Now look at the camera and make like we're a great couple!

{She leans in toward Homestar, and they both smile.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {sarcastically} The laughter and loooove!

{The screen flashes as a picture is taken. As it fades back in, the characters are posed as though Marzipan is hitting Homestar with his bat.}

MARZIPAN: Carefree shenanigans!

{The screen flashes again. As it fades back, Marzipan and Homestar are facing each other. Marzipan looks annoyed, but Homestar is smiling.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER and MARZIPAN: {Homestar is elated; Marzipan isn't} The one where we kiss. {Homestar's buzzer spins.}

{Marzipan starts to smile slyly as the picture is taken. Cut to outside the booth, as the pictures are printed. The "kiss" photograph actually shows Homestar kissing his bat with his eyes closed, with Marzipan off to the side, and a ghost-like face is visible in the frame. Homestar takes the pictures.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {jumps; worried} Aah! Marzipan! Why is there a spooky specter in our picture?!

{He holds it out for Marzipan to see, as the camera zooms in on the ghost-like face for a moment. Cut back to a wide shot.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I think this might be a— might be a—

{The words "PHOTO Boooth" from the side of the booth move into the foreground, as "HAUNTED" is added above them in green letters, as the rest of the scene fades to a blue background.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER and MARZIPAN: —haunted photo booth!

{The O's in "Boooth" move up and down as the ghost-like face zooms in with the words and some spooky music plays. Cut to Strong Bad in the booth as Strong Mad and The Cheat are walking in.}

STRONG BAD: Get in here, you guys! I wanna make this ghost appear! Maybe it'll possess us with demonic barf powers! Everybody say "Smiling bag!"

STRONG BAD: Smiling bag!
THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{The screen flashes as the picture is taken. It fades in to the pictures as Strong Bad observes them. The first shows the three characters in the picture as seen before. The ghost is not present.}

STRONG BAD: {mumbling} There's one...

{He moves the pictures so that the second is in view. It shows the Strong Mad at the bottom, The Cheat leaning in from the upper-left, and Strong Bad in the upper-right. Still no ghost.}

STRONG BAD: {mumbling} There's one...

{He moves the picture so that the third is in view. Now The Cheat is on Strong Mad's shoulder, while Strong Bad is upside-down, and his head is out-of-frame. The ghost isn't in this picture, either.}

STRONG BAD: {mumbling} Okay... {loudly} Hey! What the crap?!

{Cut to a wide shot}

STRONG BAD: How come we didn't get no cool ghosties?!

{Cut to Coach Z off to the side. He's holding pictures, all of which include the ghost.}

COACH Z: I got a little ghost jorbie in my pictures!

{Cut to his middle picture.}

COACH Z: Hey there, jorbie!

{Cut to a wide shot of Strong Bad, The Cheat, and Coach Z.}

COACH Z: He reminds me o' one of my famous sneezes! {sneezing} Ha-chor!

{Pan to the side, moving Coach Z off the screen and Strong Mad onto it.}

STRONG BAD: Aw, man! Even Coach Z got one? That's it, boys. We're gonna get haunted by this photo booth at any cost!

{The toon's title wipes across the screen as it cuts to Strong Bad's gang in the booth again.}

STRONG BAD: We gotta try something else. Everybody close your eyes and say, "Jaundiced... Jerry... will never marry," three times.

STRONG MAD: {confused expression} Huh?
THE CHEAT: {annoyed expression} {annoyed The Cheat noises}

{Their expression remains unchanged as Strong Bad closes his eyes and chants.}

STRONG BAD: Jaundiced Jerry will never marry. Jaundiced Jerry will never marry! Jaundiced Jerry will never marry!!

{A flash, which fades to Strong Bad holding pictures of all three characters in the same poses. In the foreground of each picture is a yellow-skinned balding man with green hair on the sides of his head, but no ghost.}

STRONG BAD: Aw, man! We just made Jaundiced Jerry appear. Guess I shoulda seen that comin'.

{Cut to Coach Z and Bubs in the booth}

COACH Z: Hey, check it out! {picks up a top hat photo prop, and places it over his head} Somebody finally gave me my props.

{Flash. The scene doesn't change. Coach Z puts the prop down.}

BUBS: When are these props from? Got some Y2K glasses...

{He holds up the Y2K glasses over his face. Flash. He puts the glasses back down.}

COACH Z: Ooh! A handlebrah mustache! {He holds a handlebar mustache prop over his face.} These things'll never not ironically be unironically... always... um... {moves the prop aside, and picks up a bacon prop, which he holds up like a mustache} bacon?

{Flash, which fades to Marzipan and Homestar in the booth again. They're holding a tub of "spicy 'chos", filled with nachos.}


{Flash, which fades to Strong Sad in the booth.}

STRONG SAD: This is a perfect chance to practice my French accent! {in a French accent} I am Hercule Poirot! {Flash. In an even more exaggerated accent:} Hercule Poirot! {Flash. Even more exaggerated, almost sounding like he's choking:} A-cue Pwar-o!

{Flash, which fades to Homestar in the booth. He closes his eyes.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Jaundiced Jerry will never marry. Jaundiced Jerry will never marry! Jaundiced Jerry will never marry!!

{Flash, which fades to The King of Town. He holds up a slice of cake, which appears to have been cut from out of the King himself. The background music stops abruptly.}

THE KING OF TOWN: The King of Town!

{Beat while crickets chirp. Flash, which fades to Strong Bad's gang in the booth again. The background music resumes. Once again, Strong Mad looks confused and The Cheat annoyed. Strong Bad closes his eyes.}

STRONG BAD: Stabby Gabby's always crabby. Stabby Gabby's always crabby.

{Flash, which fades to Strong Bad holding up his latest set of photos, which feature a squat green woman holding a knife in her mouth alongside Strong Bad's gang.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, come on!!

{Cut to Homestar and Marzipan in the booth.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Different background!

MARZIPAN: Yay! Yay yay!

{Flash, which fades to Pom Pom and the Poopsmith (holding a container of green lumpy material with a gold tooth in it, labelled "10,000 Instant Martians") in the booth. Pom Pom holds up a speech balloon prop that reads "Why are we in this cartoon?" The Poopsmith holds up another, which reads "Don't know. Don't care." Flash, which cuts to Strong Bad's gang in the booth. Again, Strong Mad is confused, The Cheat annoyed, and Strong Bad's eyes closed.}

STRONG BAD: Demonic barf powers. Demonic barf powers! Demonic barf powers!!

{Flash, and when it fades back, Strong Bad is kneeling, mostly offscreen.}

STRONG BAD: {somewhat desperately} Just give me the barf powers!

{Flash, which fades to a picture of the King of Town and Marzipan holding up the cake slice. The ghost is in the picture.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} The crap?

{Pan to a picture of Coach Z and a picture of Bubs. The ghost is in both pictures.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} The crap?

{Pan to a picture of Homestar and Pom Pom. Homestar is making a pursed-lip duck face to the left (away from Pom Pom), and Pom Pom is looking to the right. The ghost is here too.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} The crap?!

{Cut to Strong Bad and The Cheat.}

STRONG BAD: How come everybody else can get the haunted smudge to appear except me and The Cheat? You been goin' to church on me, The Cheat?

THE CHEAT: {shrugs and smiles, revealing his gold tooth is missing, then closes his mouth again} {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: {squints} Wait a minute...

{Cut to a closeup of The Cheat}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} Where's your gold tooth?

{The Cheat opens his mouth again, and holds up some candies in orange and black wrappers.}

THE CHEAT: {sheepish The Cheat noises}

{Cut to Strong Bad, as images of the candies appear around his head.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {echoey voiceover} Orange-and-black loose tooth removers...

{Zoom in on Strong Bad as he starts to realize.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {echoey voiceover} Loose tooth removers...

{Zoom in further, showing the image of the ghost in Strong Bad's eyes.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {echoey voiceover} Loose tooth removers...

STRONG BAD: It was the tooth!

{Cut to a wide shot, showing Homestar leaning in to the shot.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {still echoey} Loose tooth removers...

STRONG BAD: Get outta here!

{Cut to Marzipan}

MARZIPAN: But if The Cheat's tooth was causing the ghost glare, how did it get in everyone's photos?

{Cut to Strong Sad, standing near a "Booliten Booard" with various pictures tacked to it.}

STRONG SAD: I think I has the solution! Look at this pattern!

STRONG BAD: {offscreen, sarcastically} Oh, great. {cut to Strong Bad} Now Frenchie Detective is gonna tell us how it all shook out.

{Cut to a montage of events against a black background with spooky music, as images of The Cheat eating candies, his tooth stuck in a taffy, and photo booth pictures fly by.}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen} The Cheat ate too many taffies and it pulled his gold tooth out.

{The montage shows a close-up of The Cheat closing his eyes and opening his mouth without his gold tooth. Pan up to show an image flying by of The Cheat in the booth, with the candies on the seat, as he closes the curtain. The ghost image also flies by.}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen} Then because those things are nasty, he stuck it somewhere in the photo booth,

{The montage pans down to The King of Town, who holds up the cake slice, which has the tooth in it. He takes a bite of the cake.}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen} and because The King of Town is nasty, he ate the taffy!

{Pom Pom and The Poopsmith move into view, the tooth in the Poopsmith's "Instant Martians" prop.}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen} Then the Poopsmith had it.

{Flash. The montage shows a photo of Marzipan and the ghost, with the tooth attached to Marzipan's costume.}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen} Then it was a piece of Marzipan's flair.

{The fez from Bubs's costume floats by, the tooth inside the crescent symbol.}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen, partially overlapping the last line} Then it wound up on Bubs's fez.

{The buttons of Strong Sad's costume appears in closeup}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen, the lines overlap more} ...one of my vest buttons...

{Coach Z's shoe and Homestar's bat appear}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen, overlapping} ...on Coach Z's shoe!
STRONG SAD: {offscreen, overlapping} ...Homestar's glowing bat!

{A photo of Strong Mad, with the ghost present and the tooth wedged in Strong Mad's mask, appears}

STRONG SAD: {offscreen, overlapping} ...tenaciously clenched!

{Abrupt cut to Strong Bad, Homestar, and The Cheat.}

STRONG BAD: That's all great, Sir Talks-A-Lot, but where's his gold tooth now?

{Cut to the photo booth. The Goblin's theme plays as some pictures of the Goblin (with the ghost present) print. The booth opens, showing that the Goblin has the tooth in his own mouth.}

ALL: The Goblin!

{The Goblin dances (without music) as the tooth shines audibly, with an image of the ghost. Cut to the main characters.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: We shoulda had known! {turns around, facing everyone} Now let's all cram in that boof {cut to the front of Homestar} for a group photo before I have to return it to the wedding Marzipan had me steal it from!

{Everyone cheers. Flash, which fades to a picture of everyone (except Homsar, but including the Goblin, who still has the tooth in his mouth) and the image of the ghost in the corner. The photo is captioned "Jerry & Gabby's Nascent Nupitals! 10-31-2017" Hold on the image for a few seconds, and then cut to an image of the tooth resting on the word "END", with the ghost image faintly visible in the blue background. A few seconds later, cut to everyone in the field per tradition.}

Easter Eggs

  • When The Poopsmith and Pom Pom are on screen, click on The Poopsmith to trigger a scene with Homsar.
HOMSAR: Zapruder!
{The screen flashes. Homsar is upside down, and his frog is floating.}
HOMSAR: Middleman!
{The screen flashes again. Closeup on Homsar.)
HOMSAR: Toast Crunch!
{Cut to outside the booth, as the pictures are printed, which are rendered as crudely-made drawings.}
HOMSAR: AAaaAAaa! These nickel slots are finally payin' off!
  • At the end, click on Coach Z:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Heeeey, Coach Z! {annoyed} You're dressed up as a dog.
COACH Z: {dancing in an extremely papery, cut-out animation style} Yeah! I gotta belorv! Kick! Pornch! It's all in the mornd! Chorp, chorp, pornch! Pornch kork!
  • At the end, click on Strong Bad:
STRONG BAD: {increasingly more frantic and creepy} How's Annie? How's Annie? How's Annie? How's Annie? (fade through black to a room with black and white-striped floor with Homsar standing in front of a red curtain. The slow piano music from Sbemail 150?!? plays.}
HOMSAR: {subtitled, in a backwards-sounding voice} IiIiIiIiI I was raised by a cup of coffee.
  • At the end, click on Homestar:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, Homestar! I really like your Mark Lemke costume! "Homestar Runner for the Braves?" Shut up, wrong-say Homestar! I'm right-say Homestar, and I right-say I'm Dale Murphy! With a glowy basemball bat for some reason. {waves his bat around} Vwoom-vwoom.
  • At the end, click on Bubs:
SINGERS: {singing} Here comes the ThnikkaStan!
BUBS: Yeah, shut up Soos's abuelita!
  • At the end, click on Strong Mad:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, man, Strong Mad. Bread Face Red Panties Man? I remember that guy. I think he came to my school once when I was a kid. And so did a lot of cops.
  • At the end, click on Pom Pom:
KING OF TOWN: Now ordinarily, Pom Pom, I'd have you sent right down to the Juicing Room. But aren't you like a super-food now? I don't need me no antioxidants! I'm very pro-oxidant myself, actually. Why couldn't you dress up as the German kid?
  • At the end, click on the Poopsmith:
{Six copies of the Poopsmith appear with popping sounds, then all disappear with a poof cloud}
  • At the end, click on the King of Town:
STRONG BAD: Uh, hey, King of Town, when I said, "Don't come around here no more," it wasn't a costume idea. I literally meant, "Don't come around here no more!"
  • At the end, click on The Cheat:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay. The Cheat! The Cheat The Cheat! Let me guess. Baseball Glove On Head Man.
THE CHEAT: {Frustrated The Cheat noise}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: No? Umm... Swollen Cow Udders On Your Head Man.
THE CHEAT: {Angry The Cheat noise}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: No. Swollen Cow Udders On Your Head Lady!
THE CHEAT: {Angry The Cheat noise. With a wave of his arm, The Cheat brings up a spawn prompt and the words 'giant gold tooth' appear with typing sounds. The prompt disappears and a giant gold tooth appears above Homestar. The tooth turns upside-down and falls onto Homestar. The tooth then shines with the ghost glare. The tooth then disappears while Homestar pops back into place.}
  • At the end, click on Marzipan:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh, Marzipan, we need to talk. I want you to express yourself. Don't you want to express yourself?
MARZIPAN: This is me expressing myself, okay? And I don't need 37 pieces of flair to do it.
STRONG BAD: Whoa, Marzipan, nice invisible flair deuce!
  • At the end, click on Strong Sad:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: So, Strong Sad, does the W. C. in W. C. Fields just stand for Winston Churchill?
STRONG SAD: I'm neither of those. I'm world famous detective {Even more exaggerated than before, again almost sounding like he's choking:} A-cool Pwagh-chho!
STRONG BAD: Somebody! Don't give Strong Sad the Heimlich! He's choking!
  • At the end, click on the moon:
{Cut to inside the Jibblies Painting with Rocoulm, Jaundiced Jerry and Stabby Gabby}
ROCOULM: I now pronounce you husband and wiiiiiife!
JAUNDICED JERRY: And they said I'd never marry.
STABBY GABBY: {giggles}

Fun Facts


  • Jaundice is a condition where the skin becomes unusually yellow due to the build-up of bilirubin, a waste product of old blood that has been filtered and broken down by the liver.
  • Strong Bad's idea that yelling out a name three times in a row might reveal a ghost comes from a legend that suggests saying certain specters' names in front of a mirror three times in a row ("Bloody Mary" for instance) will cause said spirits to appear in the mirror.


Hidden background! Yay yay yay!
  • With a twenty-four-day gap, this toon marks the longest span of time between the release of a Halloween teaser and the release of the toon itself.
  • There are a total of thirteen Easter eggs in this cartoon, the largest number in any Homestar Runner toon until 2019's Halloween toon, The Homestar Runner Enters The Spooky Woods.
  • This is the first Halloween toon in which every character activates an Easter egg in the ending scene, if Homsar is not activated.
  • This is the only Halloween toon in which there is a cutaway during a costume Easter egg.
  • Behind the forest photograph background, there is another background hidden in the Flash file.
  • Marzipan has eight pieces of flair on her costume, two of which are identical (the white pin reading "ZING!").
  • Though the idea that Homsar was raised by a cup of coffee has come up multiple times (including Strong Bad imitating Homsar in interview), this is the first time Homsar has actually said it.
  • Strong Bad's Bob costume marks the third Halloween toon in a row in which a character's costume was inspired by the creative output of David Lynch. The Cheat dressed as Lynch's "The Angriest Dog in the World" in Later That Night... and the Poopsmith dressed as Feyd-Rautha, as depicted in Lynch's adaptation of Dune, for The House that Gave Sucky Tricks. It is the fourth time overall that a character has dressed in a Lynch-inspired costume, following Marzipan's turn as the Log Lady in 3 Times Halloween Funjob.
  • The YouTube description for this toon is "When the character Marzipan rents a haunted photo booth for her Halloween party for characters... other characters get involved!"


  • Strong Mad is included in Strong Sad's description of the tooth's journey despite having only been shown taking pictures with Strong Bad and The Cheat.
  • The tooth doesn't actually appear in any of the places Strong Sad mentions other than The Poopsmith's jar of Instant Martians.
  • Strong Sad uses a French accent when Poirot was in fact Walloon, a citizen of the French-speaking part of Belgium.
  • Bubs's costume includes ears and a nose.
  • Both Pom Pom and the King of Town dress up as females.
  • Six copies of The Poopsmith appear in his Easter egg.


  • After Coach Z gives one of his famous sneezes, he has an extra forearm for one frame.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • Homsar mentions Toast Crunch as one of his photo-lines, relating to the cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
  • Bubs's "shut up" line is aimed at Soos's abuelita (Spanish for grandmother). This was a character in Gravity Falls voiced by Matt Chapman.
  • Strong Bad's "How's Annie?" line references the ending of the season 2 finale of Twin Peaks. Homsar's following cut scene presents him in the show's infamous Black Lodge and dressed as The Man From Another Place, who speaks in the same backwards style throughout the series. Strong Bad's line "Everybody say 'Smiling bag!'" is also a reference to the show; one of The Giant's clues to Agent Cooper is "There is a man in a smiling bag." Jacques Renault, whom Strong Mad names, is a character from this show.
  • The "German kid" the King of Town refers to in Pom Pom's Easter egg is Augustus Gloop, another character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He is an obsessive eater, much like the King of Town. He wound up falling into a literal river of chocolate and drawn into a pipe leading to a fudge processor.
  • Strong Sad thoroughly explains that everyone had the gold tooth at one point. In Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot makes a similar deduction that all the passengers on the train are related to the murder case.
  • Coach Z's Easter egg invokes the catchphrase of Parappa the Rapper ("I gotta believe"), the basis of his costume. He follows this by referencing the first stage of the original Parappa the Rapper game, in which the titular character must perform and simultaneously vocalize a series of karate moves. He also echoes the introduction given by the character Chop Chop Master Onion ("Kick, punch, it’s all in the mind!").
  • Homsar's first saying in his Easter egg is "Zapruder", referencing the infamous Zapruder film which captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • The Cheat's Easter egg at the end references his costume's origin, the Nintendo DS game Scribblenauts. In the game, Maxwell can type various words in the DS Touchscreen to summon objects to help him with various puzzles in the same manner The Cheat summons the large gold tooth he used to crush Homestar. The tooth is even drawn in the same art style.
  • The Heimlich maneuver is a first aid procedure used to treat choking by foreign objects.
  • A photo "boof" appears in the Two More Eggs episode "Dooble: Peas and Corn".
  • The "demonic barf powers" Strong Bad hopes the haunted photo booth will give him are likely a reference to the character of Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist, who was possessed by a demonic entity named Pazuzu.

Fast Forward

  • In the following Halloween toon, Mr. Poofers Must Die:
    • The ghost glare returns in the form of streamers decorating Marzipan's living room.
    • Bubs again dresses up as an animated businessman named Stan.

YouTube Version

Get ready for a lot of clapping.
  • The Homsar Easter egg plays automatically.
  • The ending Easter eggs play automatically in the following order:
    • Coach Z
    • Strong Bad
    • Homestar Runner
    • Bubs
    • Strong Mad
    • Pom Pom
    • The Poopsmith
    • The King of Town
    • The Cheat
    • Marzipan
    • Strong Sad
    • Jaundiced Jerry
  • There is a false autoplay image of "Clapping Party 1080p - 10 Hours".
  • The Easter egg within the Jibblies Painting plays after the false autoplay image.

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