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"Scaredy Pants" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 1. In this episode, SpongeBob is tired of being cowardly on Halloween, so he dresses like a ghost with help from Patrick, and pretends to be the Flying Dutchman.



The Krusty Krab Halloween party.

As the episode begins on the evening of Halloween in Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob is cleaning the dishes at the Krusty Krab at the end of the workday. He becomes frightened by the door suddenly closing and a message reading "BOO" written on order slips.

After he finishes, he begins to run away, but Mr. Krabs stops him and asks him if he wants to hear his "annual scary story," and he then does. Mr. Krabs tells the story of "The Flying Dutchman," a ghost who steals souls on Halloween. Squidward, dressed up like the Flying Dutchman, appears behind SpongeBob, saying that he will steal his soul, terrifying him. SpongeBob, who has a reputation for being easily scared, is then nicknamed "SpongeBob ScaredyPants," rushes home, and is scared by everything he sees on the way.

After being accidentally scared by Patrick wearing Groucho Marx glasses, he asks him for help. They make a "Flying Dutchman" costume, but it fails to scare anyone. SpongeBob realizes that a "real" ghost has a round head and that he has a square one. Patrick shaves SpongeBob's head, making it round. Believing themselves to be scary, SpongeBob and Patrick go around town attempting to scare people, and believe themselves to be successful in doing so, although their "victims" are simply confused by their antics.

Then, they go to the roof of the Krusty Krab, where a Halloween party is taking place. They turn off all the lights in the building and Patrick lowers SpongeBob in with a rope while providing the voice of the "Dutchman," which initially terrifies everyone. However, when a jellyfish stings Patrick, whom the rope is tied to, he starts running around in pain, causing SpongeBob to fly around uncontrollably, exposing his true identity.

Everybody starts laughing at SpongeBob, but soon the real Flying Dutchman appears. He explains to them how offended he is by people dressing up as him for Halloween, and that SpongeBob's costume is the worst of all. Before he is about to steal the souls of everyone present, the Flying Dutchman first takes off SpongeBob's costume, which reveals that his brain is almost completely exposed as a result of Patrick's shaving.

SpongeBob's brain.

The Dutchman flees in terror. Subsequently, everyone runs away from the Krusty Krab screaming, leaving SpongeBob satisfied to finally have succeeded in scaring people. Patrick comments on SpongeBob's "pink hat," and SpongeBob explains that it is not a hat, but rather his brain. Patrick also screams and runs away. SpongeBob ends the episode reassuring Patrick that his skin will grow back.

Running gags

  • People calling SpongeBob "Scaredy Pants."




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Flying Dutchman - The Ghastly Ones [Title card and opening]
  Ghost Child (a) - Dave Hewson [SpongeBob nervously doing dishes]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney ["BOO" written on order slips]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob is about to leave]
  Tales From The Swamp (A) - Ron Goodwin [Krabs starts telling the scary story/Krabs continues telling the scary story]
  Shock Statement (a) - Peter Lea-Cox [SpongeBob screams]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Nothing like a good ghost story, eh, me boy?"]
  Shock Statement (a) - Peter Lea-Cox [SpongeBob screams again]
  The Flying Dutchman - The Ghastly Ones [Little kid scares SpongeBob]
  The Nightmare Begins (A) - John Devereaux [Mrs. Puff scares SpongeBob]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob at home]
  Shock Statement (a) - Peter Lea-Cox [SpongeBob screams again/"Hi, SpongeBob."]
  Nostalgic Hawaii - George de Fretes, Jan Rap [SpongeBob dressed as a ghost]
  Shock Statement (a) - Peter Lea-Cox ["Rar! Rar!"]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["I don't get it, Patrick."]
  Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob realizes he needs a round head]
  The Twin Sisters - Chelmsford Folk Band [Patrick shaving SpongeBob's head]
  Bach's Toccata - Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Lea-Cox ["Let's go scare somebody."]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders ["Ooh... I'm the Flying Dutchman!"]
  Doctor Phibes - Roger Wootton ["The Flying Dutchman is gonna show up uninvited."]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [kids walk by]
  Spooky Surf Party - The Ghastly Ones [The party]
  Horror Link (a) - Len Rawle [SpongeBob lowered from ceiling]
  12th Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick runs around screaming]
  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson [Flying Dutchman appears]
  In the Crypt - Dave Hewson ["I'm going to steal your soul."]
  Timpani Roll - Sammy Burdson [Dutchman cuts SpongeBob down]
  Pepito from Tampico A - Ronald Sekura, Otto Sieben [Dutchman tells SpongeBob he is not scary]
  Dangerous B - Mladen Franko [Dutchman is about to steal everyone's souls]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [ending]
  SpongeBob ScaredyPants - The Ghastly Ones [Credits]



  • "Scaredy Pants" was ranked #19 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



"I've come for your pickle."

  • Innuendo: Mr. Krabs uses a Krabby Patty as a stand-in for the Flying Dutchman's ship and the patty's pickle as a stand-in for a soul. When Squidward appears behind SpongeBob after Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob about the Flying Dutchman, he says, "I've come for your pickle."

SpongeBob scaredy pants UK censorship

  • In the UK and Ireland airings of this episode, the scene depicting Patrick cutting chunks of SpongeBob's head is removed, although it was left intact on the British and Irish DVD releases.[4]
  • When Patrick gives SpongeBob the shoes, he calls SpongeBob "Hans," possibly referencing the live-action hand seen multiple times in the series and in the show's theme song.
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Nickelodeon- “Scardy Pants” Ending Error (10 19 20)

The October 19, 2020 airing on Nickelodeon USA where the line is missing.

  • As of October 2020 onward, SpongeBob's line "Don't worry, it grows back" at the end of this episode, was cut for unknown reasons in Nickelodeon USA TV airings, possibly due to the line being said at an inappropriate timing (causing the screen to go black when the line is said). However, the line is left intact on all digital and streaming releases on Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, and iTunes, all international non-US airings, the Halloween VHS tape release, DVD releases, and Nicktoons USA airings.

Cultural references

  • The episode's title is a wordplay on the phrase "scaredy cat."
  • The Flying Dutchman is named after the legendary ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman, and seems to resemble the famous pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) or the mythological character Davey Jones. However, according to the legend of the Flying Dutchman, the ship's captain was a man by the name of Willem van Der Decken.
    • Seemingly in order to suit the part of the "Dutchman," Patrick chops down a Christmas tree in order to form a pair of sabots, a traditional Dutch style of clogs.
  • Patrick wears a set of Groucho Marx glasses for much of the episode.
  • The thunder sound used when The Flying Dutchman appears at the Krusty Krab was the classic Castle Thunder that was first used in 1931 film Frankenstein. Ever since then, the sound effect was used in various media from the 1930s to 1980s. By the time this episode was produced and aired, however, it was already falling into disuse due to the stark contrast of the sound effect alongside audio recorded using superior equipment.[citation needed]


  • Squidward is wearing his costume when he first appears in this episode, but three shots later, he is in his more usual clothes.
  • SpongeBob tell Gary how easily frightened he is every Halloween while caving a second eye hole in his giant jack-o-lantern. The second eye hole disappears when SpongeBob tells Gary, "Well, I'm sick of it."
  • Patrick goes into SpongeBob's closet and places a Christmas tree on its side before chopping it down into a pair of sabots. This is despite SpongeBob not knowing of Christmas until the episode "Christmas Who?"
  • In the scene at the Krusty Krab, when the camera points to Mr. Krabs bobbing for apples, the water in the tub briefly flashes.
    • Also, in the next scene where Mr. Krabs is choking, the tub is colored differently and empty.
  • The shark with a pumpkin mask and green costume has a blue dorsal fin, but when SpongeBob comes through the hatch on the roof of the Krusty Krab and he runs away, his fin is green. In all subsequent shots of him, his fin is blue.

SpongeBob does not have claws.

  • In the close-up of SpongeBob after he is lowered from the ceiling, the rope suspending him above the floor is not visible behind him.
    • In the same scene, SpongeBob has claw-shaped fingers. In every other scene, his fingers are normal.
  • When SpongeBob is hanging from the ceiling, he is wearing the sabots that Patrick has made for him, but when he walks out of the Krusty Krab, he is wearing his normal shoes.
  • Patrick never shaved off SpongeBob's nose, but it is not shown making an extrusion in the sheet.



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