CBS (HBO Max)
November 22, 1969
Episode 11 – “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts”
On their way to check out Franken Castle, the gang stop and see a gypsy. She looks into a crystal ball and predicts evil and danger for them, warning them not to visit the castle. They won’t let the superstition stop them.
Dracula meets them at the gate and tries to warn them away from entering. He turns into a vampire bat the drawbridge starts to close. Frankenstein’s monster chases the gang back onto the land away from the castle, but Daphne is trapped on the other side of the drawbridge.
Shaggy and Scooby use a lasso to swing Indiana Jones mode over an alligator and land on the other side to lower the drawbridge. Suddenly, the werewolf appears and chases after them. Daphne is pursued by Frankenstein’s monster. With the drawbridge lowered, Fred and Velma go across in search of the others, only to run into Dracula who threatens that all their souls will be trapped in the castle forever for daring to enter the structure.
Will Velma find her glasses? Will the gang reunite and figure out what’s going on with the trio of monsters? Will the mystery be solved?
Talk about throwing all the Universal monsters at the Mystery, Inc. gang! Not just one monster, but three of them: the werewolf, Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula! This is an amazing episode for not only children — because the monsters portrayal aren’t overly scary, but spooky, thus encouraging young audiences to check out horror.
The mad scientist gag scene with Shaggy and Scooby is among the best of their antics in any episode to date.
The mystery of the castle and why the monsters are there trying to scare away the gang is secondary to the horror.
I love this episode, it’s by far my favorite of season 1 to date and highly recommended. It’s one of those classic cartoons you can watch over and over, maybe for an entire lifetime. As a child, adult, plenty here to enjoy. Great writing, voice work, animation, the whole package.
Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️