This article is about the episode. For the character, see Spooky Space Kook. For other uses, see Spooky Space Kook (disambiguation).

Spooky Space Kook is the fifteenth episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!


The gang investigate an airfield supposedly haunted by a ghostly alien with a cackling, shrieking laugh.


A mysterious aircraft appears and lands behind some trees, then a mysterious, glowing ghost in a spacesuit walks down the road, stops, and unleashes a maniacal laugh.

Scooby, Shaggy and the gang are driving down an old country road and are running out of gas and have to stop soon. They park at an old farmhouse and talk to an old farmer who at first mistakes the gang for reporters. The gang explain their situation and the man says that the reporters have been bothering him because a spooky spacecraft and an alien has been haunting an abandoned airfield adjacent to the farm. After getting gas, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby realize they have a mystery on their hands and they follow the aircraft to the abandoned airfield. They find a running generator and Scooby and Shaggy have a run-in with the mysterious ghost. Fred and the girls search for clues, and Fred gets caught by a hook and is dangling in the air. They rescue him before the ghost arrives, prompting the kids to flee. Shaggy and Scooby arrive at the mess hall where they find fresh food, but the ghost comes again and chases them away. The gang then find a Jeep that runs by itself and an army of the space alien ghosts just materializes. Then, the biggest clue is when Shaggy and Scooby head into the air tower and find a movie projector and tape recorder.

The culprit, after chasing Scooby and Shaggy, goes into the wind tunnel by accident and gets his costume blown off. The crook happens to be the old farmer's neighbor, Henry Bascomb. He was trying to exploit the land for money after he heard that the airfield was re-opening again. He had dipped his costume in phosphorus, which made the ghost glow. The army of ghosts was just a bunch of stuffed dummies, and the Jeep that ran by itself was just remote controlled. The spooky laugh was just a sped up soundtrack that was played over the loudspeakers, and the spacecraft was imitated through a movie projector. Fred plays the spooky laugh track which scares Shaggy and Scooby, with Scooby afterwards saying "Aww! Scooby Doo!"


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Chicken (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Worm (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Sheriff (only appearance)


  • Farm
  • Airfield
    • Shed
    • Shop
    • Parachute loft
    • Mess hall
    • Supply department
    • Tower
    • Motor pool




Suspect Motive/Reason
Farmer He threatened the gang with his shotgun and warned them about the Spooky Space Kook.


Culprit Motive/Reason
Henry Bascomb as the Spooky Space Kook To scare people away from the airfield so he could buy the land cheap.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Spooky Space Kook
Henry Bascomb
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Stefanianna Christopherson Daphne Blake
Nicole Jaffe Velma Dinkley
Hal Smith Farmer

Full credits

The following credits are how they are seen on-screen (or as close as possible).


  • This is the last episode to air in 1969 and the 1960s decade as a whole.
  • A snippet of the aircraft's sound track is used in both seasons' opening and closing sequences.
  • The "Spooky Space Kook" is not the monster's official name; it just comes from the name of the episode.
  • This is the first episode of the Scooby Doo franchise were the criminal is dressed as an alien.
  • On the table, while Shaggy makes his sandwich, there's a ketchup bottle with a Heinz-like label.
  • While "Gazette" is hardly an original name, it's the first newspaper in the series to be given something identifiable.
  • Fred, Velma and Daphne are scared by the shadows of Shaggy and Scooby in this episode, whereas it is usually Shaggy and Scooby who get scared of shadows.
  • Fred agrees the gang should flee, something not usually seen in other episodes as Shaggy and Scooby are usually the only ones who flee when they see monsters.
  • Although aired as the 15th episode, this was produced as the 14th episode.
  • While Shaggy is usually fairly dim (especially in the original series) he correctly identifies two clues: the fresh food in the fridge as well as realizing the significance of the projector and microphone in the radio tower.
  • When the Spooky Space Kook uses the lever that activates the hook to grab Fred by his belt, we can see his blue collared shirt underneath his white sweater. From the top view close to the ceiling, his shirt is seen tucked in.



Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • The farmer's sclera are white for a change, except when he leans forward to take a closer look at the glowing footprints and again when Fred says how they weren't made by chickens.
  • After Daphne asks the farmer about the "haunted flying saucer," a small part of his shotgun flashes silver.
  • When Scooby wails about being got by "it", his eyebrows flicker between brown and black.
  • When Daphne says the gate is locked and wonders how the gang will get in, her headband disappears briefly before returning in the next frame.
  • When Scooby runs to catch the peanuts after Shaggy throws them, the two wobble in place in sync with Scooby's running animation.
  • Before Scooby releases the life raft, the bottom half of Shaggy's shirt is the color of his pants which then returns to the normal green color after a few seconds.

    Scooby's Missing Head

  • When Shaggy and Scooby jump off the air tower, one frame lacks Shaggy's eyes and Scooby's head and tail. However, all three missing parts return in the next frame.
  • In the scene where the gang just let Fred down after he was suspended by a machine hook, his left hand is noticeably missing in the first shot.
  • Daphne says her line: "Sheriff, look, he's getting away." It's her voice, but Velma's mouth moving.
  • When Shaggy and Scooby enter the mess hall, the door is broken and swaying on the side. When they leave, the door is perfectly intact.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Shaggy calls the syrup bottle, Double Dutch Chocolate Syrup, but the label simply says "Syrup".
  • Apparently all the livestock the farmer has is one chicken.
  • When Fred finds the newspaper article hidden in a barrel, Daphne says to look at an article that has been circled. When the paper is in view, there is no circle.
  • Perhaps the biggest oddity of this episode is the existence of all the functional equipment on the abandoned air field. Regardless of the field being public or military, wouldn't every piece of working equipment be stripped when they shut the field down? Unless they were keeping some of the equipment functioning for when the airfield reopens for jet aircraft as the Sheriff mentions at the end of the episode.
  • The "Automatic Dish Washer" label is wrong on two accounts. One, dishwashers are automatic to begin with, and two, dishwasher is misspelt as "Dish Washer."
  • It seems strange that what appears to be a WWII era aircraft would have an automatic inflating life raft in the cockpit where accidental deployment would interfere with operating the aeroplane.
  • Shaggy somehow magically got the key to the supply department.
  • Shaggy and Scooby jump outside through the window to get the key to unlock the door from the Supply Department so that they can escape the room. If they had been thinking clearly, they didn't need to go back inside as they had already escaped (although this was definitely done for comedic purposes)
  • The farmer cared enough to call a sheriff, but either he took his time doing it or the sheriff was taking his own.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (Latin America) El fantasma del aeropuerto abandonado The Ghost of the Abandoned Airport
Greek Ο Εξωγήινος The Alien
Hungarian Fejünk felett a földönkívüli The Extraterrestrial is Above Us
Italian Uno strano oggetto spaziale A Strange Space Object
Polish Kosmiczne straszydło Space Bogeyman

Home media


Fred: I feel like a side of beef.

Shaggy: Oh, no! Here comes that cackling, creepy space ghost again!

Henry Bascomb: And I'da done it, too, if you kids hadn't have come along.

Shaggy: Trying to make a clean getaway huh, Scooby? (Shaggy laughs)

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