Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia

"Ghost Host" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 4. In this episode, the Flying Dutchman stays with SpongeBob to reclaim his dignity, but eventually struggles at trying to scare people.



This episode opens up on one night, by showing The Flying Dutchman's ship sailing through the seas, but cannot see very well due to heavy fog. His ship then hits a rock and breaks. The Flying Dutchman then calls for repair, giving him residence at SpongeBob's house, where he proceeds to scare, startle, and surprise SpongeBob around the clock. SpongeBob gets scared and goes to Squidward for help, but unfortunately, he doesn't believe in ghosts. He slams the door in SpongeBob's face. He soon turns to Patrick for help, but he just closes his door out of fear. Then he hears Gary crying for help. SpongeBob enters his house to stop the Flying Dutchman. He then says that he just wanted to pet Gary, only to reveal that it was a trick by eating him. SpongeBob despairs about the death of Gary, until Gary appears behind him with no explanation. Soon, the Flying Dutchman begins to take much amusement in terrifying SpongeBob repeatedly.

The Flying Dutchman tries to propose to Incidental 7.

Eventually, all the spooky shenanigans grow old, and SpongeBob and all of the citizens of Bikini Bottom are no longer afraid of the Dutchman. This creates a panic for the old ghost, who now fears that he has lost his touch. So SpongeBob decides to lend a hand and help the Flying Dutchman learn to scare people again.

Unfortunately, his first attempt doesn't work until the customer on the mattress screams from the startling notice of the mattress salesman. The second attempt also doesn't work, since the Flying Dutchman gets hit by a jump rope. The third attempt doesn't work when an old lady mistakes him for someone else. He then realizes that the Flying Dutchman is trashing his place, and tells him to get active by getting the Flying Dutchman to watch a crazy video about some mysterious people saying "The Power Within" constantly. The next attempt, however, does not work when Larry thought that he had a flab on his pecs.

Ghost Host 179.png

The Flying Dutchman tells SpongeBob that he has decided to give up, since maybe people don't believe in ghosts anymore. This gives him an idea, with SpongeBob telling the Flying Dutchman to try to scare Squidward since he doesn't believe in ghosts. The Flying Dutchman is interested, and he goes to Squidward's house and successfully scares him, as he is horrified to learn that he was wrong about ghosts, and he runs out through the walls of the house, frantically screaming that such things exist. SpongeBob compliments the Flying Dutchman, who finally has the nerve to scare people again. He then has a confession to make, and he tells SpongeBob that his ship had been repaired for three months.

The Flying Dutchman leaves on his ship while giving SpongeBob a present with a scary surprise, but the episode ends when SpongeBob laughs at it, even though he gets eaten by the "surprise."

Running gags

  • The Flying Dutchman failing to scare people.





 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson [Title card]
  The Haunted Castle - Paddy Kingsland [Flying Dutchman's ship appears]
  Dramatic Impact (2) - Ivor Slaney [ship crashes]
  Magical Effect (H) - Paddy Kingsland [Dutchman falls]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Dutchman calls Roadside Assistance]
  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson ["The Flying Dutchman!"]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford ["I'm stuck here while me ship is being repaired."]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["SpongeBob, how many times do I have to tell you? I don't believe in ghosts and I never liked you!"]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney ["Gary!"]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland [Dutchman pets Gary]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney [Dutchman eats Gary]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Gary!"]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["Nothing better than giving a good scare."]
  Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz ["Don't get too comfortable!"]
  Dramatic Cue (A) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob's house on fire/SpongeBob as an octopus/Monster in SpongeBob's refrigerator]
  Steel Licks 12 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob laughs]
  Dramatic Cue (A) - Ronald Hanmer [Monster eats SpongeBob's head/Eyeballs instead of cereals]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm?"]
  Steel Licks 17 - Jeremy Wakefield [skeleton in drawer]
  The Jitters - Raymond C. Jones [SpongeBob bored as Dutchman tries to scare him]
  Creepy Spiders - Nicolas Carr
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm?"]
  Dramatic Cue (D) - Ronald Hanmer ["I've seen all your tricks."]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White ["I know when I'm washed up."]
  Happy Jose - Ulrich Hans Wenzel [mattress store]
  The Merry Go Round - Walter Owen, Harold Smart [little girl jumping rope]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["It's official... I'm not scary anymore."]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Maybe I just need a break."]
  Beach Party - Harry Bluestone [Dutchman having a party]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield ["All righty, boys, party's over."]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone leaves SpongeBob's house.]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["You're a ghost of your former self."]
  The Power Within - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Self-awareness video]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [Dutchman cries]
  Hunting Rescue Call - Nicolas Carr ["It's time to get serious."]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland ["Let's start you off easy."]
  The Beast Within - Paddy Kingsland [Dutchman tries to scare an old lady]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Lonnie, there's this great new product called toothpaste."]
  Kings Messenger - Sam Fonteyn [SpongeBob flying on Dutchman's back]
  The Beast Within - Paddy Kingsland [Dutchman enters gym]
  California Baby B - Jerry Burnham, Wayne Cook [Larry flexing muscles]
  Shock (F) - Dave Hewson [Dutchman tries to scare him]
  California Baby B - Jerry Burnham, Wayne Cook ["My latissimus dorsi has gone flabby!"]
  Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["It's no use, SpongeBob."]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Wait a minute!"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob whispering to Dutchman]
  The Stalker - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward gets out of bed]
  Red Alert [#7] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [green fog appears]
  Scary Clarinet - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [clarinet]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Dutchman scares Squidward]
  Musical Box (C) - Dave Hewson [Dutchman's finger trick]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["No! No! That's impossible!"]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders ["Dutchie, it worked!"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [ending]



  • "Ghost Host" was ranked #5 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



  • This episode has an animated title card.
  • Zeus Cervas uploaded the full storyboards of this episode alongside those of "All That Glitters," "Nautical Novice," "Sand Castles in the Sand," and "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy" on his now defunct website.[3]
  • The episode's plot is similar to "Can You Spare a Dime?," as both episodes have to do with a guest staying at SpongeBob's house.
  • SpongeBob punching Squidward in the face became an internet meme, which was usually entitled as "SpongeBob Gives Squidward Brain Damage."
  • Squidward claims in this episode that he is not afraid of ghosts. However, in "Pranks a Lot," SpongeBob and Patrick scare Squidward by pretending to be ghosts.
  • SpongeBob's pineapple coming to life with the insides on fire is similar to the episode "Procrastination." However, the pineapple does not speak in this episode.
  • The quote "Look at those guns," would later appear in the online game Reef Rumble.
  • It is revealed that the Flying Dutchman can shapeshift.
  • It is revealed that the Flying Dutchman is or was married, but is in denial about said marriage. However, in "The Curse of Bikini Bottom," he mentioned that he wasn't "the marrying type."
  • It is shown that SpongeBob's TV has a built-in VCR.
  • Squidward reveals that his mother calls him Squiddums.
  • This is the second appearance of a mattress store. The first was in "The Lost Mattress."
  • This is the third appearance of Squidward's mother. The first was in "Fools in April," and the second was in "Krusty Towers."
  • In the Greek dub, this episode is called "Ο Επισκέπτης Φάντασμα," which means "The Ghost Visitor."
  • In the Polish dub, this episode is called "Duch druh," which means "Ghost Companion."
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode is called "Duh u Kući," which means "Ghost in the House."
  • List of the Flying Dutchman's successes at scaring SpongeBob:
    • Comes out of the floor in front of SpongeBob with a "Raargh!"
    • An evil laughter and snakes coming from his mouth.
    • Pretending to eat Gary.
    • Says "Don't get too comfortable!" in a dark voice with the fire in his eyes and in the background.
    • SpongeBob's house coming to life laughing evilly and catching on fire.
    • Transforms SpongeBob's lower area into tentacles.
    • A monster in SpongeBob's fridge that comes out when SpongeBob opens it.
  • List of the Flying Dutchman's failed attempts to scare SpongeBob:
    • Mirror of SpongeBob getting eaten by a shark/dunkleosteus.
    • Eyeballs in his cereal box, instead of cereal.
    • Skeleton in his drawer.
    • A giant slimy bald green monster that appears from the floor and turns into a giant ant creature which turns into a hideous baby-faced worm creature and a clown-worm which turns into the face of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs with a bubble pipe, which he spits out, but this turns into SpongeBob's head, which pours out spiders and its eyeballs slither away like snakes, and then the Flying Dutchman's head and arms come out of the body.
  • List of the Flying Dutchman's success in scaring Squidward:
    • Squidward's powder puff engulfs the room and his mother appears in a giant form, asking why Squidward has not called her before melting.
    • A giant clarinet appears and blares music in Squidward's ear before turning into a rope which goes through Squidward's head. The Flying Dutchman appears, saying "I heard you don't believe in ghosts; as in, the Flying Dutchman!" and throws him to a flooded room where Squidward sees dozens of eyeballs forming together and is swallowed by an immense, yellow multi-eyed monster.
    • Squidward finds a hole and escapes in a room where he sees a giant smiling SpongeBob, rocking back and forth and breathing very heavily.
    • SpongeBob's eyes turn to slither away like snakes and the spiders engulf the body and once leaving the Flying Dutchman appears, making a scary finger trick and forcing a screaming Squidward to run out of his house, screaming "Ghosts!"
  • This episode was paired up with different episodes:
  • On the November 10, 2006 airing, this episode was paired with "Krusty Towers."[4]

Cultural references

  • One of the monsters that the Flying Dutchman turns into is a giant ant. This giant ant is based off the ants from the 1954 science fiction horror film Them!.
    • Also, another one of the monsters the Flying Dutchman turns into is a face of J. R. "Bob" Dobbs, smoking through a bubble pipe.
  • The intro part of the video "The Power Within" is a reference to the Gongman, the intro part of films produced by The Rank Organisation.


  • When Patrick's rock is open, a sky flower appears in his living space.

Gary is not supposed to be that small.

  • When SpongeBob holds Gary he is shown to be in his normal size, but when SpongeBob says, "It's okay, Gary," Gary is shown to be a bit smaller.

Tiny SpongeBob.

  • While the Flying Dutchman is trying to scare SpongeBob, the house becomes bigger and SpongeBob is small.

SpongeBob with a discolored belt.

  • When SpongeBob says, "Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no!," his belt is discolored for a frame.

The gap between SpongeBob's eyes is white.

  • Right after SpongeBob's belt discoloration, the gap between his eyes is white instead of the usual yellow.
  • When SpongeBob is going to start the "journey into self-awareness" video, his red tie is the same color as his skin.

SpongeBob's visible eyelashes mistake.

  • When SpongeBob talks to the Flying Dutchman and says, "I think you just gave me the answer to all your problems!," SpongeBob blinks his eyes, but his eyelashes are still seen for a split second.

Squidward with yellow teeth error.

  • Squidward's teeth alternate between yellow and white when he is cowering from his "ghost-like" mother, lying on the floor and saying, "Squiddums l-loves his Mamá..."
  • When the Flying Dutchman raids Squidward's house, the Flying Dutchman has five fingers, but when he is at SpongeBob's house, he has only four.