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February 24, 2016

The Hatbox Ghost

Hatbox Ghost

The Hatbox Ghost is one of the rarest, yet most iconic and popular, characters in any Disney park. I heard some rumors that in the 'Haunted Mansion' film starring Eddie Murphy there are references that can be found in the film of The Hatbox Ghost but I have yet to find any. In 2010 at Comic Con, director Guillermo del Toro announced he would be making a new Haunted Mansion film, which The Hatbox Ghost would play a large role in the film. No release date has been given yet. He can be found in the television show 'House of Mouse.' In other merchandise he can be found in toys, clothing, Disney art, vinylmations, books, and pins.

He makes his home at The Haunted Mansion, with the rest of the 998 happy haunts. It isn't really known if he is a tortured soul, or a happy haunt. A lot of people believe he is one of the beheaded husbands of Constance Hatchaway. It also isn't known if he has any enemies besides 'Captain Gracey' in the comics, but maybe after the Guillermo del Toro film it will shed some light on the backstory of this wonderful character.

Hatbox Ghost

*FUN FACT* He can also be found in one of my favorite Disney albums, The Story and Song From The Haunted Mansion. The narrator says 'Another ghostly manifestation appeared and blocked their way. He was a cloaked figure with an evil grinning face; a hat box hung from his hand. With each beat of his bride's heart, his head disappeared from his body and appeared in the hat box.'

The Hatbox Ghost's outfit consists of pants, jacket, shoes, overcoat, top hat, a hat box, and a cane. He has beady eyeballs, shoulder length hair, and a skeleton body.

Hatbox Ghost

He was created by Marc Davis, Yale Gracey, and Blaine Gibson.

*FUN FACT* SIG comics released a 7 part Haunted Mansion comic between 2005 and 2007. In the story The Hatbox Ghost goes by the name Randall Pace and gets beheaded by Captain Gracey. It is almost impossible to find the full set of these comics now. It will be interesting to see if he will be featured in the new Marvel Haunted Mansion comic being released in March.

Hatbox Ghost

The Hatbox Ghost can be found at Disneyland in the Haunted Mansion attraction, and also during Haunted Mansion Holiday. I can see Disney bringing this character in more things in the future due to his popularity and with him having a large role in the upcoming 'Haunted Mansion' film.


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