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The Fright Before Christmas!

Shag and Scoob visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past

The Fright Before Christmas! title card

Part of Scooby-Doo! #67
# of pages 10
Writer Frank Strom
Penciler Joe Staton
Inker Dave Hunt
Colorer Paul Becton
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
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The Fright Before Christmas! is a story in Scooby-Doo! #67, by DC Comics.


When Ebeneezer Scrooge is haunted by ghosts before Christmas, what does he do? Call in Mystery Inc., of course!


Scrooge has asked Cratchet to work late on the eve of Christmas Eve. That night, Scrooge is visited by ghost promising the visit of three more ghosts on Christmas Eve night. But Scrooge does not panic, he calls Mystery Inc. The gang set a trap for the ghost by swapping Scrooge for Shaggy and Scooby but their plan backfires when they get locked in the closet they are waiting in to surprise the ghost. All three ghosts show up and talk to Shaggy as if he were Scrooge as the gang finds a secret passage in Scrooge's closet that leads down to the office where they find the ghostly costumes. The only thing left is to unmask the ghost but everyone is wrong when they learn it's Tiny Tim behind the haunting. In the end, Scrooge throws a Christmas celebration for all.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Scrooge Inc. employees (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Mrs. Cratchet (single appearance)(no lines)



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Suspect Motive/reason
Bob Cratchet Mr. Scrooge let him work overtime the night before Christmas.


Culprit Motive/reason
Tiny Tim as the ghosts To teach Mr. Scrooge a lesson because he treats good people like his father like dirt.


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Cultural references

  • The story is a present day version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. in "Fright Before Christmas."


Ray Tate, in his review for Comics Bulletin, commended Joe Staton's work, which he thought gave "the story extra depth" and portrayed the gang in "vibrant brilliance."[1]