The 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.
*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
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.
He was created by Marc Davis, Yale Gracey, and
*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.
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.