Scooby Doo: The Haunted Carnival

Scooby Doo meets the famous Dick Van Dyke today,
at the Dick Van Dyke’s Barrel of Fun carnival.  They soon realize something is afoot!  Another run down business, another ghost, and another mystery.  From The New Scooby Doo Movies, “The Haunted Carnival”.

The guest star


Television comedian, Dick Van Dyke, becomes a self-made carney after conned into buying a spooked carnival. Only nosy teens and their talking dog can save him.


Dick Van Dyke’s carnival. Everything free, customers zero.

The villain, the mystery, and the technology


The Ghostly Strongman haunts Dick Van Dyke’s carnival and can appear in full ghostly form or just a strong arm.


Mortal strongman, Masked Marvel, delivers a self-incriminating monologue about buying the business on the cheap to become the king of the carnival.



Costumes with luminous paint and props flying with the help of wires and strings.



The strongman is brutally bludgeoned and sent flying into ice cream.

Unanswered questions of curiosity


Holy sweet Jeebus!



The gang end the series taking partial ownership of the carnival.


Did anyone remember this creepy image?

Final thoughts

A remake of “Bedlam in the Bigtop“,  it’s about a carnival with rides instead of a circus with animals. Low key, with a forgettable villain, it mimics “The Haunted Candy Factory“, with an episode more about the location than the mystery or monster.  Perhaps, I will do an essay on the many attractions Dick Van Dyke’s carnival offers, if it wasn’t so boring.

“The Haunted Carnival” concludes the season and the series.  The animated style of Scooby Doo, Where are You! will never be seen again replaced with The Scooby Doo Show 3 years later.

Previous episode: The Haunted Candy Factory


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