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The First Trailer for Muppets Haunted Mansion Is a Spooky Good Time

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Two of my favorite Disney franchises are the Muppets and the Haunted Mansion. So you can imagine the delight in my dark spooky soul when I saw that Disney+ was bringing us a Muppets Haunted Mansion Halloween special.

The special will see Gonzo the Great and Pepé the King Prawn survive a night spent at the titular mansion after an invitation from the Ghost Host (Will Arnett). The rest of the Muppets appear as ghosts within the mansion, and Miss Piggy takes on the role of Madame Leota’s floating head in the crystal ball.

The special features an all-star cast that includes Yvette Nicole Brown (The Hearse Driver), Darren Criss (The Caretaker), and Taraji P. Henson (The Bride), as well as Alfonso Ribeiro, the late Ed Asner, Danny Trejo, Sasheer Zamata, Skai Jackson, Craig Robinson, John Stamos, Chrissy Metz, Geoff Keighley, Jeannie Mai, and Kim Irvine.

It’s honestly surprising that in all the time we’ve had the Muppets, we’ve never gotten a Halloween special. But the time is nigh, and oh boy are we here for it. The trailer features plenty of callbacks to the beloved Disneyland ride, which includes the ghost ball, the ghost band (here played by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, naturally), and the slowly sinking elevator with the changing portraits. There will no doubt be plenty of Easter (Halloween?) eggs for the diehard Haunted Mansion fans.

The Muppets Haunted Mansion EP will include three new original songs: “Rest in Peace,” “Life Hereafter,” and “Tie the Knot Tango,” plus a cover of the 1970s classic, “Dancing in the Moonlight.”

Naturally, fans are excited about the upcoming special:

For many horror fans, the Haunted Mansion was their first introduction to spooky (but family-friendly) content. It’s since inspired a sub-fandom of Disney folks known as Disney Goths. Disney Goths can usually be found in line for the Haunted Mansion, sporting black fingernail polish and wearing clothing and accessories inspired by A Nightmare Before Christmas and other Tim Burton films.

The ride inspired the 2003 critically reviled film The Haunted Mansion which starred Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Tilly. Plans for a remake have been in development for years, but now Disney is moving forward with an all-new Haunted Mansion movie starring Tiffany Haddish, LaKeith Stanfield, Rosario Dawson, and Owen Wilson. Justin Simien (Dear White People) is set to direct.

Muppets Haunted Mansion premieres on Disney+ on October 8.

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.