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Overview

Garfield's Halloween Adventure (AKA Garfield in Disguise) is the fourth Garfield television special.

Synopsis

Garfield and Odie go trick-or-treating, and discover a house that is due to be visited by ghost pirates.

Plot

In the early morning, Garfield is awoken by WBOR's The Binky the Clown Show. The host Binky tells Garfield to do jumping jacks which the latter does until realizing the situation. Binky then insults him, prompting Garfield to look for the remote control. After Binky reveals that people can get a lot of candy, Garfield switches the television off. He quickly perceives what Binky had said and turns the television back on. After learning it is Halloween, he goes back to sleep. Later, he wakes up again and scares Jon Arbuckle, who is carving a jack-o-lantern. Initially, the pumpkin falls onto Jon's head before the latter declares the object ruined, and unknowingly throws it onto Odie. Jon offers Garfield breakfast which the latter originally declines but soon takes all offered. Later, Garfield and Odie both manage to scare each other before the former leaves the room. After making fun of Odie, Garfield realizes that he'll get twice the candy if Odie is brought along. Garfield lies to Odie, claiming that all dogs have to help cats on Halloween, and if a good job is done, the dog will get his own candy piece. After trying on multiple costumes in the attic, Garfield and Odie settle on pirate costumes. Jon gives them sacks for the candy, before they leave.

While trick-or-treating, they have several encounters with what appear to be real ghosts and goblins in costume. After having visited all houses in the neighborhood, Garfield notices more across the river. Greedy for candy, Garfield suggests they take a boat, so he can have all candy for himself. They are unable to control the boat after Odie takes Garfield's "put out the oars" command literally. Garfield is upset about the situation and decides that if he gets back, he will stop acting as a pirate. Much to Garfield's glee, the boat arrives at an abandoned dock near a run-down mansion. After discovering a light via the window, they enter, assuming someone lives there. While warming themselves near the fireplace, they are startled to find an old man sitting behind them. The man tells the duo that they have chosen the wrong night to visit, and begins to tell them a story that they will only hear - One hundred years ago on the same night, a band of pirates while pursued by government troops, buried their treasure beneath the mansion's floorboards, and signed a blood oath to return one hundred years later at midnight. Garfield refuses to believe it, before the old man claims to be one of the cabin boys from the very pirate ship. Garfield and Odie decide to leave, before they find that the old man has suddenly disappeared, and has stolen their boat.

The clock chimes midnight and Garfield and Odie watch a ghostly ship materialize on the river while the ghosts emerge. Garfield and Odie scramble to find a place to hide before they choose a cupboard. They watch the pirate ghosts bring the treasure chest out from from the floorboards, before Odie gives their presence away by sneezing. The ghosts chase them out the house and down the dock. With no other option, Garfield and Odie jump into the water. Upon entering the water, Garfield remembers that he can't swim. He almost drowns but is able to be saved by Odie. While Garfield reflects on the night, him and Odie find their boat (with their candy) on the shore. They go home happy, before Garfield unwillingly rewards Odie with a sack of candy for rescuing him many times. Garfield, turns on the TV and sees the same old man (with Garfield's lost pirate hat), hosting an all-night pirate movie festival. Garfield abruptly turns off the TV and goes to bed.

Characters

Main Characters

Major Characters

Minor Characters

Book adaptation

Garfield Halloween Adventure VHS cover

Cover from the 1992 VHS release

The book adaptation, which retains the original title "Garfield In Disguise," deviates in only a few ways. First, it adds a scene with Garfield telling Odie a little bit about Halloween's history, with its origins as a seventh-century Druid festival celebrating the day of Samhain, Lord of Death. Second, the book implies that the old man himself is a ghost, and their boat is merely pulled away by the current instead of being stolen by the old man. And finally, an extra sequence is included in which Garfield takes a ring from the treasure and is followed home by the pirate ghosts until he returns the ring.

Songs

Trivia

  • This special marks the first appearance of Binky The Clown.
  • The boat that Garfield and Odie use to get across the river is named "Carolyn", after the first wife of Garfield creator Jim Davis.
  • Garfield sings a variation of the sea shanty "Dead Man's Chest."
  • Garfield's pirate name, Orangebeard, is a parody of the name Blackbeard.
  • In the book adaptation, Garfield's hat's skull changes expressions.
  • This special was originally named Garfield In Disguise, which was used for the book adaption. For later VHS releases, book adaptations, and TV airings, it was renamed Garfield's Halloween Adventure.
  • When Garfield tries to get Binky back on the television, one of the shows he goes through features a pig who resembles Orson Pig.

Awards

Organization Recipients Award Result
Primetime Emmy Jay Poynor
Phil Roman
Jim Davis
Outstanding Animated Program
Won


Television Specials
"Here Comes Garfield" "Garfield on the Town" "Garfield in the Rough" "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" "Garfield in Paradise" "Garfield Goes Hollywood" "A Garfield Christmas" "Happy Birthday, Garfield" "Garfield: His 9 Lives" "Garfield's Babes and Bullets" "Garfield's Thanksgiving" "Garfield's Feline Fantasies" "Garfield Gets a Life"