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Let's bust us some ghosts!

Phineas Flynn

It's Halloween night and the kids encounter a strange boy named Russell who is convinced his house is haunted. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz's disdain for grass causes him to invent a "Mind-Transfer-Inator" enabling him to merge minds with a cow and destroy all the grass in the Tri-State Area. Unfortunately, his plan backfires and he transforms into a scary "were-cow" that wreaks havoc any time there is a full moon. It's now up to Agent P to stop him and save Danville.

Episode Summary

While trick-or-treating with Candace, Phineas and Ferb meet up with their friends. Phineas is dressed as a vampire, Ferb is Frankenstein's monster, Candace is Heidi, Perry is Igor, Baljeet is a daisy, Buford is a pirate, and Isabella is a fairy princess. While walking, they come across a house that they have never seen before. As they approach it, they meet a boy hiding in a bush named Russell. Russell says that hiding in the leaves makes him feel warm and secure, relatively speaking. Baljeet asks why he does not go inside his house and Russell confirms that it's haunted. Phineas decides that they should help Russell by busting the ghosts, and Russell reluctantly follows.

Perry enters his Halloween-decorated lair through a jack-o-lantern, where Carl greets him, dressed as Major Monogram. Major Monogram, dressed as Carl, gives him his mission by telling him of some strange sightings: the Danville golf course has been chewed down to bare dirt, strange howls at the moon have been heard, cow-related graffiti at every leather shop in the Tri-State Area, and a crop circle shaped like a cow.

Phineas, Ferb and the gang enter the house with Russell, and to Phineas's surprise, his EMF meter picks up a 78. Suddenly, the jack-o-lantern in front of him grows into a scary humanoid with a pumpkin head, and asks the children if they aren't a little young to be hunting ghosts. They reply with a terrified "Yes, yes we are!" before running off, the monster at their heels.

Perry enters Doofenshmirtz's apartment to find that he has chained himself up. Doofenshmirtz explains that a few days ago, he declared war on grass, so he got himself a cow, the natural predator of grass. However, the cow was too slow, so Doofenshmirtz invented the Mind-Transfer-Inator to motivate the cow to work faster. Instead, Doofenshmirtz developed gaps in his memory, a strange craving to lick salt, found himself watching the nightly farm report as well as the pasture channel way more than usual, and because of this, he suspects that he is no longer human, which is why he needs to tie himself up. All of a sudden, he begins to transform into a were-cow, and breaks the restrains. The Doofenshmirtz were-cow runs off into the streets with Perry pursuing it with a lasso.

Back in the haunted house, Candace desperately tries to open the locked door. Russell comments that sometimes the floor gives out, which is exactly what happens. The children fall into the ghost-infested graveyard basement, where the monster continues to chase them into a red lake, and Baljeet comments that the liquid is the wrong color and viscosity for water. Zombies rise from the "water", and the terrified children continue to run.

After watching a news report on the were-cow, the locals form an angry mob, while Perry finds Doofenshmirtz in his human form in the middle of a crop circle. Doofenshmirtz tries to go with Perry, but is transformed again as the clouds part from the full moon. The angry mob finds them, and they pursue the were-cow into the streets, trampling Perry in the process. The mob becomes covered in flour after chasing the were-cow through a cooking class.

The jack-o-lantern monster has the children cornered in the basement. Ferb throws a skull at it, knocking its head off. As sparks fly from its neck, the children realize that it was a robot. They then learn that it was Russell, along with his parents Waylen and Mona, who had been tricking them with their animatronic haunted house. The EMF meters had been picking up on hidden frequency emitters. Impressed, Phineas asks for one more trick. Just then, the were-cow busts through the wall with the angry mob close behind it, trampling Candace. The children applaud, mistaking the flour-covered mob for ghosts, much to the confusion of Russell and his parents.

As the children go their separate ways for the night, Phineas is surprised to see that the haunted house is gone, only to see Waylen deflating it for the season. Phineas says that this is about the time in cliche Halloween stories when someone really turns into a ghost. Phineas and Ferb stop and stare suspiciously at Russell and his parents for a few seconds, until Russell tells them that it's not going to happen. Phineas then says goodbye and that they will see them next year.


Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

Pumpkin Zombie: Aren't you a little young to be hunting ghosts?
All: Yes, yes we are!

Ferb's Line

Phineas, Ferb and Candace: Trick or treat!
Phineas: Wait a minute. If you're a ghost and you have a pumpkin on your head, what does that make you when you were alive?

Ferb: The probability of a humanoid-vegetable hybrid is exceedingly remote.

Ferb tosses a skull at the pumpkin monster's head.

Whatcha doin'?


Hey, Where's Perry?

Baljeet: (Holding up a flashlight with a ghost voice) Where is Perry?
Buford: Quit it, Baljeet.

Perry's entrance to his lair

He enters in a jack-o'-lantern while wearing his Igor costume.

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated!

Memorable Quotes

Phineas: Nice fairy princess costume. Where'd you get it?

Isabella: Actually, I'm not wearing a costume.
Phineas: Oh, okay.

Isabella: (Frustrated Pause) I got it at the Googolplex Mall.
Buford: What kind of person hands out these weird orange peanuts? We gotta find a better neighborhood.

Phineas: That's strange. I've never seen this place before. You'd think we would have noticed it.

Buford: I'm gonna give those orange peanuts a second look.
Buford: The light under his chin makes his story pretty convincing.

Baljeet: Actually, there is no scientific evidence for the existence of ghosts.
Buford: What do you know? You're a daffodil.
Baljeet: Daisy!

Buford: Case closed.
Phineas: (to Russel) Maybe we can help you, Russell. (to Ferb) Got anything for ghosts, Ferb?

(Ferb opens his jacket and shows various kinds of tools)
Phineas: Wow! Looks like we're in business, let's bust us some ghosts.

Candace: Hold it there, fella! Nobody is doin' any busting around here without me.
Candace: Oh please.

Russell: Oh this always happens.
Phineas: Don't panic everyone.
Isabella: How can I panic when I'm holding your hand?
Buford: I think that's my hand.

Isabella: Ew!
Zombie: Brains.

Zombie: Spleen.
Russell: Did I mention the zombies?
Zombie: Kidneys!

Zombie with tea: I don't care for organs, but I do enjoy a cucumber sandwich.
Phineas: Isn't this the part where someone turns into a ghost?

The screen cuts to Russell, then Phineas, then Russell, then Phineas, then Russell again Russell: DUDE, THAT'S IT!

Phineas: Okay, see you next year!

Background Information

  • On February 10, 2011, Variety reported that Michael Douglas and his 10-year-old son Dylan will guest star in a haunted house episode. this was the only information available at that time, it also was revealed that it was a Halloween special.
  • The episode name was first revealed on Netflix and confirmed on Zap2It
  • Characters costume in this episodes are:
    • Phineas: Count Dracula
    • Ferb: Frankenstein's Monster
    • Candace: Heidi (usually unnoticed)
    • Perry: Igor
    • Isabella: Fairy Princess
    • Buford: Pirate
    • Baljeet: Daisy (confused with a daffodil)
    • Monogram: Carl
    • Carl: Monogram
  • It is never revealed how Doofenshmirtz gets turned back to normal; it doesn't matter much, though, because only one other episode takes place after this one, and in said episode, dark clouds block the moon anyway. ("Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!")
  • Linda does not appear nor is mentioned in this episode.
  • When Isabella says that she is not wearing a costume to Phineas, someone with a Giant Floating Baby Head costume is seen in the background.
  • This is the first time that the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated Evil Jingle does not include "After Hours" when played at night.

Production Information

  • This episode was aired on Disney Channel On Demand on September 30, 2011.

International Premieres

  • October 14, 2011 (Family Channel)
  • October 15, 2011 (Disney XD Canada)
  • October 27, 2011 (Disney Channel Latin America and Brazil)
  • October 29, 2011 (Disney Channel Spain and Portugal)
  • October 30, 2011 (Disney XD Spain)
  • October 31, 2011 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • November 3, 2011 (Disney XD UK)
  • November 9, 2011 (Disney XD Germany)
  • February 26, 2012 (Disney Channel Asia)


  • At the beginning of the episode, Phineas and Isabella were carrying candy in brown paper bags, but at the end of the episode, they are seen carrying jack-o-lanterns instead.
  • In the scene Phineas asks Russell to come with the gang in the haunted house, Russell's mouth is not moving.
  • When Doofenshmirtz first transforms into a Were-Cow he has 8 teats on his udder. Through the rest of the episode he only has 4.
  • Doofenshmirtz mentioned liking Halloween, but hated it in "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" although this episode could have taken place before "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" as since he could have hated it after this day, or he could have learned to love it after "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" .
  • Isabella has wings on her dress, but when the group is shivering with fear while in the graveyard room and in the rest of the episode, Isabella has no wings on. (they might have fallen off in the shallow river.)
  • Despite the fact that haunted house was inflatable the entire episode it didn't deflate when Doofenshmirtz Were-Cow and the Angry Mob smashed through the wall.
  • Since Doofenshmirtz is male, he should have transformed into a Were-Bull instead of a Were-Cow (perhaps he turned in a Were-Cow because he combined brains with a cow, and being the fact that the brain of a cow and a bull are different, this could be the reason, though physically he is still male).
  • Apparently, Doof never returned to his normal style but in "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" (that happens after this episode) there is not any sign of the Were-Cow.
  • When Buford says "What kind of person hands out these weird, orange peanuts? We gotta find a better neighborhood", look closely at Phineas and you can see that his eyes are colored blue, indicating a normal day shade. Usually when it's dark, the night shading makes his eyes appear black.



  • Halloween - When the group enters the house, the background music sounds very similar to the main theme of this movie.
  • Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters - The devices used by the kids to investigate the house closely resemble the PKE Meters used by the Ghostbusters.
  • Danny Phantom - When Phineas says that Ferb had the necessary equipment to hunt ghosts, Ferb open his costume and it can be seen that the equipment is similarity to the other show, when titular character's parents build some weapons to hunt ghosts.
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Doofenshmirtz uses a mind transmitter on a cow and turns into a were-cow, similar to Wallace using one on rabbits and turning into the Were-Rabbit. Also in the Book of Monsters, the page before Were-Rabbit is Were-Cow.
  • An American Tail - When the woman says there are no monsters in America, it resembles the thought of no cats in America.
  • Futurama - Heinz attaches himself to the wall of his room for not turning into a were-cow, in the same way, Bender makes the same in a Futurama episode for not turning into a were-car.
  • Ozzy Osborne - One of the zombies in the Russell's underground river has the appearance of a zombie Ozzy.
  • Vincent Price - Waylon's voice is similar to Vincent Price's, an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice in a series of horror films made in his career. He also is the narrator in Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
  • Scooby-Doo - Investigating a supposedly haunted house only to find a naturalistic explanation is the classic Scooby-Doo plot.

Disney Allusions

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - The Pumpkin-headed ghost resembles Jack Skellington's scarecrow costume at the beginning of the movie.
  • Dave the Barbarian - Doofenshmirtz turns into a were-cow like Dave did.
  • Hidden Mickey - When Ferb shows off his ghost hunting gear there is a speaker type device that looks like Mickey Mouse's head. This could be a reference to the Disney Imagineering. In many of the attractions at the various Disney Parks are Hidden mouse ears to represent Mickey Mouse/Walt Disney.
  • Haunted Mansion - The haunted House resembles the one in the Disney parks.
  • That's So Raven - Doofenshmirtz turns into a cow on Halloween like Raven and Chelsea did in "Don't Have a Cow."
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