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"In unrelated news, this newsboy get-up is not my Halloween costume!"

It's Halloween Night but it's not Halloween night. Everyone sets out to find out what happened to it before Halloween is over!

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

See Happy Hallow-day Costumes for more information on what everyone was wearing.

Places: The Stick, The Field, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Spooky Woods, Bubs' Concession Stand, King of Town's Castle

Page Title: HA HA HA HA Halloween Night!

Date: Monday, October 30, 2006

Running Time: 5:18 official, 5:14 actual

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 3


[edit] Transcript

{Marzipan walks through the field, which is sprinkled with leaves. A clock reading "8:13 pm" briefly rises from the bottom of the screen before disappearing; however, the sun is clearly still out. Strong Bad hides behind The Stick wearing a red witch's hat and mask.}

MARZIPAN: {Half-singing} Doot da-doo, doo, lotsa leaves, doot da-doo hmm...

STRONG BAD: {Jumps out from behind The Stick} Grody bloody gross and blood!

MARZIPAN: {Bored} Eh, nice try, Strong Bad. I'm just not feeling it in broad daylight. And, you were hiding behind a twig.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, I know. Why isn't it dark yet?

{Cut to Homestar, dressed as a newsboy and holding up a newspaper. As he says each line, he holds up a different newspaper with a front-page headline matching what he's saying.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Extrie, extrie! Read all about it! Halloween Night missing! Citizens mobilize to save holiday! In unrelated news, this newsboy get-up is not my Halloween costume!

{Closeup of The Local Newspapes. It has a picture of two pumpkins, the headline reads, "Happy Hallow-Day!", and the subtitle reads, "These ARE the opening credits!"}

{Cut to Strong Bad's Basement. Strong Bad and The Cheat are on the couch. Strong Mad is standing behind it.}

STRONG BAD: {Hits the newspaper he's holding} This is bull-talk! How are we supposed to scandalize and vandalize without the protective cover of Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Halloween night?

THE CHEAT: {Questioning The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: I'm gonna go interrogate the toilet for about eight minutes. See if he knows anything. After that, we'll form into a giant robotic Halloween Night-finding space panther! {Walks off. Strong Mad and The Cheat look confused. Strong Bad pops his head back in the frame.} Or not.

{Cut to the field with Homestar, Pom Pom, and Strong Sad. The clock appears again and reads "11:18 pm".}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Halloween Niiiight! Come here, boy! {Whistles and brings out a chew toy that looks like a brain with a bolt and eyeball sticking out of it. He squeaks it while talking.} I got this spooky, yucky chew toy for ya! {Whistles}

STRONG SAD: Homestar, you are aware that Halloween Night is not a puppy, aren't you?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {In a laughing voice} Ye-heh-hes! {Whistles} Obviously! I am...! Aware...! That it is not...! What was that last part?

STRONG SAD: A puppy.


STRONG SAD: Okay, good. {A yellow glow appears in the upper left corner of the screen, and grows brighter as Strong Sad talks} But seriously, we have to find Halloween Night. {Eerie music plays.} I don't do so well with all this sunlight! {Strong Sad looks toward the menacing sunlight.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {while rapidly changing his position} Sit, Halloween Night, Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit sit-sit!

{Strong Sad and Pom Pom slowly back away, then run off. Homestar whistles again.}

{Cut to Marzipan on a different part of the field. Marzipan is playing a reggae rhythm on Carol. Coach Z enters.}

COACH Z: Hey, whatcha doing there, sista?

MARZIPAN: {Stops playing} I'm trying to attract Halloween Night with music. {Starts playing again} It loves reggae, you know! {Stops playing}

COACH Z: Good idear! And I can do some of my famous Halloween sound effects that everybody knows me for!

MARZIPAN: Coach Z, I don't think that's what everybody knows you for.

COACH Z: What are ya torkin' abort? Listen to this spooky owl! Hort! Hort hooort! Hort hort! Or get a load of these creepy crackets! Cracket! Cracket-dadadadadadada! {Marzipan starts playing again} Cracket-dadadadada!

MARZIPAN: We be jammin'! {Stops playing, with a vibra-slap sound}

{Cut to Bubs' Concession Stand. The clock appears for a moment reading "12:09 am" before disappearing. Music plays in the background}

BUBS: What is wrong with you people? {Holds up a can of black spray paint} I got instant spray-on Halloween Night! {Sprays can, throws it behind him and holds up black opaque shades with orange frames} I got Halloween Night vision goggles! {throws glasses behind him and pulls out a "Hollerin' Jimmy's Hovercraft Kit". The words "Hollerin' Jimmy's" have been covered with a piece of masking tape with "Halloween Night" written on it} I even got this do-it-yourself Halloween Night hovercraft kit!

{Cut through static to Spooky Woods with Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat. The trees are covered in yellow flowers.}

STRONG BAD: Aw man, I thought sure we'd find Halloween Night in the spooky woods! This place has really gone uphill since it disappeared. Even that rotten old skull doesn't seem so creepy.

THE SKULL: {Rainbow afro sprouts from head} A-jam on it!

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Good thinkin' Monchhicheat! That guy's always hanging out with Halloween Night! But how do we find him?

THE CHEAT: {Triumphant the Cheat noises}

{The Cheat pulls out a keyboard and plays the Goblin's organ jingle. The Goblin appears, wearing swim trunks and sunglasses.}

STRONG BAD: What's this crap-take? Where's Halloween Night? Strong Mad, pat him down! {Strong Mad picks up The Goblin by his feet and shakes him. Several coins, a pencil, some lint, and a hamster ball fall out.} Aw, he's clean. I'm taking that hamster ball, though.

{Cut to outside The King of Town's Castle with Strong Sad, Pom Pom, The King of Town, and The Poopsmith. The clock reads "2:38 am" before disappearing.}

STRONG SAD: Cough it up, King of Town! We know you ate Halloween Night!

THE KING OF TOWN: You amateurs! You don't know what you're talking about. I'm on a diet! {The Poopsmith nods his head} It's strictly Arbor Day and Earth Day for me this year! {The Poopsmith nods his head.}

STRONG SAD: Well now where do we look? I need some doom and gloom soon! {Starting to laugh} Something funny is happening to the sides of my mouth...! {The corners of his mouth wiggle and turn upward, creating weird noises.}

{Scene changes to Homestar, making a box trap at The Stick. The trap involves a trail of candies with orange and black wrappers leading to a cardboard box placed over The Stick.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Homestar Runner, you are a genius! {Turns around} Thank you, Doug. {Turns back around} So tell us what you're doing here. {Turns around} Well, it occurred to me that no Halloween Night could resist these orange and black flavored loose tooth remover candies. {Holds up and shakes two orange and black candies before dropping them.}

COACH Z: How are they biting today, Homestar?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Sound Effects Man! Ooh-ooh! Do broken wheelchair. On cobblestone!

COACH Z: Wah-dlah! Wee-dlah! Wah-dlah! Wee-dlah! Wah-dlah! {Continues making sound effects during Homestar's next line.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: It's like I'm right there, wheeling Grandma through the old town. Do you want to stop in here and get a kielbasa, Grandma?

{Cut to the field with Marzipan, Strong Sad and Pom Pom. Strong Mad, Strong Bad and The Cheat walk in. Strong Sad's mouth is still wiggling. The clock reads "5:42 am" and disappears.}

STRONG SAD: {Laughing} Somebody shoot me.

STRONG BAD: Man, this sucks. Halloween Night's almost over and still no sign of Halloween Night. We should be out there turning treats right now!

{Marzipan walks in.}

MARZIPAN: Oh, you guys didn't have any luck either? Oh well, Happy Halloween anyways everybody. {The scene suddenly darkens.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Say that again!

MARZIPAN: Say what? Happy Halloween? {The scene darkens some more.}

STRONG BAD: Now somebody else say it!

COACH Z: Harrpy Harrlaw— {The scene gets brighter.}

STRONG BAD: {Covers Coach Z's face.} Not you, Coach Z. Now, everybody, all at the same time!


{The words "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!" appear at the bottom of the screen. The scene darkens into night. Crickets can be heard.}

STRONG BAD: Oh yes, it worked! I'm gonna egg so many candies and eat so much houses. I'm gonna—

{A rooster crows and the sun abruptly comes up. Birds start singing.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: So, uh... what do we do now?



{The words "HAPPY DAY OF THE DEAD!" appear at the bottom of the screen. Cut to the end screen, with a Mexican-style skull of Homestar, wearing a sombrero, while a reggae beat plays, ending with a vibraslap.}

{Cut to the final shot, where all of the characters stand in their costumes.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • As with other Halloween cartoons, click on the Poopsmith's head (after the King of Town says "this year") to see Homsar. (He will also appear in the end scene, but he doesn't have a separate Easter egg.)
{Homsar is standing beside a pile of newspapers similar to those Homestar is seen with during the toon intro. He is holding up one of the papers to display the headline "EGGS TREE! EGGS TREE!", and a tree growing eggs as fruit can be seen behind him.}
HOMSAR: Eggs tree, eggs tree! This get-up is mah get down! {his head sinks into his neck, leaving an empty space}
  • At the end, click on Strong Bad:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Sta-rong. Bad. That's the best Evil Carmen Sandiego costume I've ever seen!
STRONG BAD: If I wasn't dressed up as a pretend priest-comedian, I'd beat the crap outta you right now.
  • At the end, click on Marzipan:
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Marzipan, I just love your "I-have-a-caterpillar-crawling-across-my forehead" costume! And kind of a mustache... have... costume...
  • At the end, click on The Cheat:
STRONG SAD: Uh, The Cheat, technically shouldn't all this sunlight be turning you into some sort of horrible beastie?
THE CHEAT: {Covers eyes, The Cheat noises sounding similar to Gizmo's line "Bright lights! Bright lights!"}
  • At the end, click on Strong Sad:
STRONG BAD: 'At's a good costume, Strong Sad. What is that, you at your twenty-year high school reunion?

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • Kielbasa is a type of Polish sausage.
  • The Day of the Dead is a celebration of the memory of deceased ancestors which is celebrated on November 1st and November 2nd in Mexico. Its art and themes also feature prominently in Frida Kahlo's work. It is also known as All Saints Day or All Hallows Day. The night before, All Hallows Eve, is the basis for the term Halloween.

[edit] Trivia

  • The YouTube description for this toon is "What happened to Halloween night?"

[edit] Remarks

  • If you view the Flash file in a Decompiler or use the Flash Seekbar bookmarklet, it reveals that the stack of newspapers on the Loading screen reads "Eggs Tree! Eggs Tree!", which is the same newspaper Homsar holds up in his scene.
    • When Homestar holds up the "In Unrelated News" newspaper, the stack next to him also reads "Eggs Tree! Eggs Tree!"
  • Three different characters in this toon (Strong Bad, Strong Sad, and Homsar) play fictional characters of real comedians who were associated with Saturday Night Live.
  • Sunlight doesn't turn Mogwai into gremlins; it kills them. Eating after midnight is what triggers the transformation.
  • The sky is shown to be lit shortly after 5:42 AM on November 1. In the United States, sunrise occurs later on that day, but in some locations twilight would have begun by that time.
  • This is the first major Halloween special not to include opening credits.
  • Homestar's newsboy get-up includes a pair of suspenders, which may indicate the presence of pants.
  • Homestar wears both a basketball jersey and a pair of suspenders in this cartoon, two items of clothing that cannot be worn without shoulders.
  • Since Homsar's "head moving down" animation is scripted to occur on his "mouth wide open" syllabic position, his head can be seen moving down for a few short frames on the "Mah" syllable before resetting.

[edit] Goofs

Man, newspaper editors have got to fix that printing machine!
Not even Coach Z's sleeve can resist those orange and black flavored loose tooth remover candies!
  • When the opening credits newspaper appears, the picture is off the paper for three of the frames of spinning.
  • On the opening credits newspaper, there is an extra space between "ARE" and "the" in the sub-headline "These ARE the opening credits"
  • On the same page, a small piece of the pumpkin in the back is orange.
  • When Coach Z first appears when Homestar is laying out candies, the second to last orange candy seems to disappear when it should only be partly obscured.
  • In the scene where Coach Z is imitating a wheelchair, the candy Homestar dropped on the ground in the previous shot is still visible, now in mid-air, and appears on top of Coach Z's arm.
  • Every time Coach Z's head changes direction, so do the tiny crescents in the pattern on his hat. This is most obvious during the wheelchair impression scene.
  • After Homestar's close-up during Coach Z's wheelchair impression, the last candy in front of the box trap, a black one, has disappeared.
  • The Halloween candies are out of scale; the ones in the back are bigger than the ones in the front.

[edit] Glitches

  • At the end of the toon (if you clicked The Poopsmith to activate the Homsar egg), if you click on Strong Bad, Marzipan, The Cheat, or Strong Sad, Homsar still shows his scroll-over information while another character comments on their costume. This is because he is a movie clip that overlays the scene.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • Strong Bad calling The Cheat a Monchhicheat is a reference to Monchhichis.
  • "Jam on it" is a reference to the song of the same name by Newcleus.
  • Strong Bad's witch mask is identical to Lucy's from the Peanuts cartoon It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
  • The ending screen with the picture of Homestar's skull is reminiscent of the artwork of José Guadalupe Posada, who also made artwork regarding the Day of the Dead, and was a heavy influence on LucasArts' Grim Fandango.
  • The description of this cartoon on the Toons Menu reads: Ween night is M.I.A. Galang galang. "Galang" is a hit single by XL Recordings artist M.I.A.
  • The line "We be jammin'" is referencing Bob Marley's Reggae song "Jammin'".
  • "Night Vision Goggles" are goggles that enhance the user's vision so as to be able to see better at night.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

  • The Homsar Easter egg is enabled automatically.
  • All of the ending Easter eggs play automatically. They are played in this order:
    • Strong Bad
    • Marzipan
    • Strong Sad
    • The Cheat
  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch the DVD player's audio language selection while watching.
  • The video does not show who is dressed up as who at the end, unlike on the website.
  • As the gang shouts, "Happy Halloween!", two mouse-like clicks are heard in the background.
  • Instead of cutting to the group shot after the end title, it fades through black to the shot. During the fadeout, the teeth on the Homestar skull disappear.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman, Ryan Sterritt)

MATT: I'd like to welcome back Ryan Sterritt.

MIKE: What's up, Ry?

RYAN: How does it go?

MIKE: This is a cartoon that I'm pretty sure I haven't seen since the day we made it.

MATT: Nice. Look - Strong Bad's wearing Lucy van Pelt's witch— witch mask.

MIKE: Yeah, I totally, uh, didn't remember that. It's a nice looking mask.

MATT: Yeah. Where do you think those suspenders s— attach at the bottom there?

MIKE: Where do you think they go in the top? It looks like they just kind of go into his chin!

MATT: Maybe it's just like those tuxedo shirts.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: It's just all... it's a t-shirt, it's just got it printed on 'em.

RYAN: People still wear suspenders and belts at the same time. It just seems...

MATT: Yeah. I remember—

RYAN: {simultaneously} It seems—

MATT: The punk rock kids in school would do that, and you'd just be like, "Come on, like, if you're gonna do that, don't wear a belt."

RYAN: Yeah. I saw a guy at a wedding over the weekend. Uh, an older guy.

MATT: Mmm-hmm.

RYAN: An oldie. {Mike and Matt laugh} And he, uh, had suspenders and a belt. I didn't see the point.

MIKE: I always like it when I see people wearing suspenders that they're actually... you can tell they're really holding their pants up.

RYAN: Yeah.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Like if they didn't have the suspenders—

RYAN: It seems like it might be a second, uh, form of defense from your pants falling down.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: I think—

MATT: Yeah, go ahead.

MIKE: I was just going to say that I think Pom Pom as, uh, Mario Batali is one of, uh, my favorite costumes.

MATT: I just am amazed w— with both him being Walter Sobchak from Big Lebowski and this one, like, how much he really looks like the person. Like—

MIKE: How Pom Pom can look like a human?

MATT: Yeah. It's incredible. Like, more than just, like, "Oh, you can tell who he's supposed to be." It's like, no, no, no. He looks like Mario Batali.

MIKE: And, uh... this was— most people thought that most of the costumes were more obscure than usual.

RYAN: Really?

MIKE: Yeah, it's—

RYAN: But it's like—

MATT: This Frida Kahlo is pretty...

RYAN: But that movie, had just—

MATT: Yeah.

RYAN: I don't know.

MATT: The kids don't— don't want to go see the Frida Kahlo movie, though, I suppose. {pause} Oh, I'm surprised we hadn't made Coach Z be Queen Latifah earlier.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: That was one I'm surprised we hadn't thought of.

MIKE: Umm—

MATT: He's wear— she— he's wearing her outfit from the "Ladies First" video, I believe. I think we found—

MIKE: That's right.

MATT: —found the video on YouTube and mimicked her weird African emissary... {Mike laughs} costume that was her theme for that album.

MIKE: Our friend, uh, was it Tyler that made a— a... CD of Halloween sound effects?

MATT: Oh, yeah.

MIKE: Where he was doing his own Halloween sound effects. {Ryan laughs} Something about bats. He's like, "A roooom of bats" and then he would just go... {Mike makes a sound effect of bats' wings flapping}


MATT: Oh, look at the creepy— the creepy forest!

RYAN: The lost— the spooky forest.

MATT: The Lost Forest. Oh, do it! How— {begins singing} do do doo, do do doo, do do do do doo, do do {Ryan joins in for a few notes} do do do, do do do dooo. {pause} Umm... {pause} Oh! That is not scary at all, Goblin. The Goblin was wearing a pair of Jams.

MIKE: Clearly. I think I had one pair of actual Jams, and then lots of Mom— Mom made us...

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: ...would just go buy, like, Hawaiian fabric at the fabric store and make us Jams, and...

MATT: Yep.

RYAN: Fleece Jams.

MIKE: I remember getting called out on it. "Those are not Jams, Chapman!"

MATT: {simultaneously} "Chapman!" {pause} I like that the King... has that half, uh... steering wheel. What do you c— Whatever you call that... boat steering wheel. Port— port— portmanteau?

MIKE: {laughs}

MATT: Hey, it's Ed Grimley. Didn't you... dress up as Ed Grimley one time? Not for...

MIKE: Not for Halloween, yeah. Just in— I think it was when we went on that, uh, vacation to Washington, D.C.

MATT: You dressed up as him on vacation?

MIKE: Yeah, I think it was in a hotel room.

MATT: Good job!

RYAN: {simultaneously} Awesome.

MIKE: Yeah.


MIKE: Looks like we didn't re-do those graphics from when we first made them in 2001.

MATT: Those caramels?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Or taffy, whatever it is. {pause} Umm.. I s'pose, uh, what's the Poopsm— the Poopsmith's costume, I guess, is pretty obscure.

MIKE: Yeah. Wizards.

MATT: Yeah. Necron 99, they call him.

MIKE: And Strong—

MATT: Tony— Tony Clifton and, uh... and... Father Guido Sarducci, I feel like, are both sort of in the same...

RYAN: Yeah.

MATT: ...both in the same era.

MIKE: If you know one, you know the other.

RYAN: {partially over Mike's previous line, but not synchronous} If you know one, you know the other.

MATT: Yeah.

RYAN: I forget, people don't know The Maxx.

MIKE: I just saw The Maxx in one of those old video game magazines...

RYAN: Really?

MIKE: Uh...

MATT: Is there a Maxx game?

MIKE: No, they— I think they just had a little segment on, umm, Liquid Television or, like, MTV's animation.


RYAN: Was it Image? Who put out that comic?

MATT: Yeah, I think that was one of the early Image ones. {pause} The McGuirk is a pretty inspired one. That's one of the more modern... costumes. Like...

RYAN: Yeah.

MATT: ...a lot of times it's not from something so recent. Not that Home Movies hasn't been off the air for...

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: ...a few years, but... {pause} I like this, umm, Homestar Day-of-the-Dead style.

MIKE: I like the bread and butter pickles song.

MATT: {singing} Got some bread and butter pickles. {pause} Umm...

RYAN: I liked Teen Wolf.

MATT: Yeah, that's a pretty— yeah... this— I liked this— I really enjoyed this batch of costumes. I didn't— They weren't supposed to be more obscure than any other time, but...

{The three laugh as Homestar comments on Marzipan's costume}

MATT: That's insensitive. An insensitive comment to women... with, uh...

RYAN: Unibrows?

MATT: {laughing} Unibrows. And peach fuzz... on their lip.

{pause until Strong Sad begins to comment on The Cheat's costume}

MATT: No! Technically it should be melting him, right? Doesn't sunlight kill the gremlins? Water and food turn them in—

MIKE: {overlapping} Oh, make them into... Spike.

[edit] Fun Facts

  • Pom Pom dressed up as Walter Sobchak in Halloween Potion-ma-jig.
  • "The Frida Kahlo movie" is Frida (2002), starring Salma Hayek as Kahlo.
  • The song Matt and Ryan hum is the "Lost Woods" (incorrectly called "Lost Forest") theme from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; this tune is also known as "Saria's Song".
  • Jams are a Hawaiian-inspired clothing line of baggy shorts made with colorful print. The name is short for "pajamas" as the initial pair were made from modified pajama pants.
  • A portmanteau is a combination of two or more words. The "boat steering wheel" is called the "helm" or simply "ship's wheel", Matt may have been confused with the nautical term "port".
  • Liquid Television was an animation showcase on MTV that aired from 1991 to 1995.
    • The Maxx MTV show did not air on Liquid Television, but on the later Oddities block.
  • Home Movies ended in 2004, two years prior to the release of this cartoon.
  • Stripe (incorrectly called "Spike"), so named for the mohawk-like white stripe of fur atop his head, was the main antagonist and leader of the evil gremlins in Gremlins.

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