It's Halloween at Elmore, and many of its residents are going trick-or-treating from house to house. At the Wattersons', Gumball states his disapproval of Anais' princess costume, arguing that Halloween is meant to be scary. Anais counters by saying cute costumes earn more candy. Darwin meanwhile, is white and shaken out of fear of Halloween. The group moves out, a worried Nicole frantically warning them to be careful and to return by seven o'clock. As the eldest child, Gumball is charged with watching over his siblings.
The trio ends up wandering into a cemetery, which Gumball says is a shortcut to a place filled with candy. An abandoned, haunted house stands over the distance, which he labels their "destination". Darwin is flabbergasted by Gumball's sense of direction, while Anais questions how much candy they can earn from the house. Gumball reveals his true intentions in full: each year, the house hosts a party for the undead. Carrie warps in to elaborate on the annual festivities and the undead attendees. Darwin, still shaken, voices his objection, but Gumball reminds him of his authority, to Darwin's disdain. Conversely, Anais is enthusiastic about going to the party. Carrie disapproves of her babyish outfit, and Gumball wholeheartedly agrees, hanging Anais on a tree in the process.
Carrie, Gumball, and Darwin continue on to the house, which appears desolate at first. Carrie warns them not to tell anyone they're alive, and something else that is inaudible. She repeats herself twice; on the second time, Darwin yells at her to speak louder. Carrie tells them to drink one, and only one drop of a mysterious potion. Darwin reasons that anything that must be consumed only in minute quantities can be disastrous. Gumball blindsides him by flicking a drop into his gaping mouth. Darwin instantly goes wide-eyed and stares blankly into the room, causing Gumball to rethink drinking the potion. Darwin, however, forces a drop of the potion into Gumball's mouth, unveiling the party in progress and many undead creatures.
Anais, still dangling the tree, is determined to get into the party. She shakes herself off the branch, only to fall straight into a deep well.
At the party, Carrie, Gumball, and Darwin mingle with the other ghosts Carrie floats near a bowl filled with a strange substance, which Gumball takes interest in. The bowl contains ectoplasm, the very fiber of ghosts. Despite Carrie's warnings, Gumball immaturely demands for some, and a passing ghost obliges and gives him a glassful. The glass passes through his hand, and their mortality catches the attention of the partygoers. Gumball, thinking quick, consumes a large dose of the potion to turn into a ghost, but Darwin advises against it. After some peer pressure, Darwin yanks the bottle from Gumball's hands and takes a big swig himself. The two of them take turns gulping the potion down until Carrie stops them. Gumball and Darwin laugh at her, but are cut short when they turn into ghosts and lose their physical bodies. Darwin gives Carrie a spontaneous kiss, and the party rages on. Elated by their ghostly appearances, the two hover off towards Elmore to cause their trademark mischief with their newfound capabilities.
Their escapades begin at the gas station, drawing a gruff face on Larry Needlemeyer to resemble a criminal on a wanted poster behind him. The Doughnut Sheriff arrives and mistakes him for the criminal, threatening him with his Taser and arresting him. They then animate a moose head in the The Robinsons' house terrifying both Gaylord and Margaret. Their final prank is to possess Tina Rex and wreak havoc on Elmore. However, controlling a dinosaur's body has proven to be difficult, and Gumball and Darwin instead make Tina fall on her face. The two depart, sounding off a T-Rex roar beforehand.
Having finally climbed out of the well, Anais rushes to the house and straight for the party. There, two ghosts find Gumball's and Darwin's lifeless bodies and use them as puppets. Anais sees this and looks confused. At the doorstep, she finds Carrie's potion bottle nearby and takes a sample of it, allowing her to see the undead.
Carrie tracks down Gumball and Darwin in time to warn them that if they don't return to their bodies by midnight, they will remain ghosts forever. The three race back to the haunted house, but as they reach the graveyard, a bell tolls to signal the passing of midnight. The ghosts return to their graves, and Gumball is grabbed by a zombie arm, prompting him to scream in terror. An enormous vortex opens up in the floor of the house, swallowing all undead to the afterlife. With renewed vigor granted by his sister's perilous screams, Gumball finds the courage to tear his pants off and run through the graveyard, dodging the army of zombie hands trying to pull him into the underworld. Darwin is caught by one and trips. Carrie fends off the ghosts, allowing Gumball enough breathing room to continue. She helps him up, but before they can do anything else, several more arms spring up to capture them. Darwin is on the verge of wetting himself, but Carrie is able to distract the arms long enough for him to run by. The arms attempt to pull her into the underworld, but because Carrie belongs to the mortal realm, they are unsuccessful.
Gumball manages to arrive at the house. To his horror, his sister has turned into the ghost and is one slip away from being confined to the underworld. He takes this moment to apologize dramatically. Anais is both moved by his compassion and annoyed at him for wasting valuable time. Darwin arrives on the scene and notifies the siblings of their bodies slipping into the vortex. The three make a desperate leap to retrieve their bodies as the portal seals shut behind them.
With the house barren once again, Carrie begins to mourn for her friends. Miraculously, the gateway opens up and the three are spat back out, returned to their bodies. Nicole drives in, enraged that it was past midnight and they weren't home yet. As the three try to explain themselves, they discover that they are not in their respective bodies. They assure their mother that Carrie can get them back to normal, only for her to vanish after an awkward silence. The episode ends with Nicole confused and the Watterson children nervously eyeing one another.
This episode was the show's first official holiday special.
It is revealed that Carrie can teleport, albeit with low accuracy.
It is implied that Darwin has had a crush on Carrie for a while, as he gave her a spontaneous kiss as soon as he realized he was able to.
Ironically, Darwin once called Carrie an "emo freak" in "The Words."
At midnight, Gumball and Darwin seem to forget that they can fly as ghosts.
It is strange that Carrie blushed when Darwin kissed her considering the fact that blushing is caused when more blood flows through the cheeks. But Carrie, being a spirit, does not have blood.
Originally, Darwin was going to be the one to blow their cover by asking for ectoplasm, rather than Gumball. Also, several scenes were cut, including Richard trick-or-treating at their own house for candy in the beginning, Gumball and Darwin spooking Miss Simian and Principal Brown, and Carrie warning Darwin not to kiss her ever again.
Anais was only seen drinking one drop of the potion, allowing her to see the ghosts. However, right as she's nearly taken to the underworld, she became a ghost. It's possible that she may have drank more of the potion at some point.
This is the second time the Watterson kids had a body swap. The first time was in "The Job," only it was Gumball and Anais' heads and brains that were swapped.
This is the first time the episode name doesn't have the word "the" in it.
Despite Gumball and Anais wearing costumes, when they become ghosts they are wearing their normal clothes.
This is the third time that Carrie gets a major role in an episode. The first time was in "The Ghost," and the second time was in "The Flower."
This was the first episode to not have "The" in the title. It can be assumed that this will hold true for all of the show's holiday specials, as Christmas follows this trend.
Carrie reveals she was born a ghost, which explains why she is able to be seen by normal people. The other ghosts attending the party all actually died.
However, this explanation contradicts what she said in "The Ghost" about missing her old body.
This may mean Carrie had possessed a body before, and then lost it.
Carrie also states that she belongs to "this world," so the other ghosts were not able to send her to the underworld.
The ghosts may be a reference to the origins of Halloween: the Samhain Festival (pronounced “sow-in”), an ancient Celtic festival of the dead, during which time the souls of the dead were believed to revisit the living.
The ghost party may be also a reference to the "Devil's midnight ball" from Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, where "dead sinners" which came to the ball were granted for one night to "get rid of the pains of hell."
The climax of the episode in which the house is sucked through the vortex seems to be a parody of the final scene in the film Poltergeist.
The way Gumball and Darwin control Tina is a parody of QWOP.
Darwin tells Gumball to "Come at me, bro!" at one point, a catchphrase made popular by the show Jersey Shore.
One of the ghosts' reactions to Gumball and Darwin being mortals is a reference to the alarm call that the body snatchers make in the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
One of the ghosts at the party is a LaserDisc, poking fun at how it is an obsolete media format.
The wanted poster at the convenience store has the dollar sign on the wrong side of the number (10,000$ instead of $10,000).
Sebastian Hary was responsible as storyboard artist in this episode, but the production team forgot to credit him.
Despite Gumball taking his pants off on-screen, he is still seen with his pants on afterwards.
Although they can fly, Gumball and Darwin walk and run back to the house instead of flying.
Gumball: Darwin! We've come too far to turn back. We're on the doorstep of the swaggiest party of all time. So come on! What do you say? You with me?
Darwin: [Takes a deep breath] No.
Gumball: Well, you have to because Mom put me in charge.
Darwin: [Angrily yells] Darn!
Anais: This party's gonna be awesome!
Carrie: I'm sorry, but this party isn't for babies disguised as cheesecakes.
Gumball: Yeah, she's right. You'd be cramping our style.
[Gumball hangs Anais on an old tree branch over an old abandoned well]
Gumball: You're just gonna have to hang out here.
Anais: [Sighs] Well, at least it can't get any worse.
[Rain starts pouring and thunder starts roaring and Anais crosses her arms in disappointment]
Haunted House Party
[Gumball, Darwin and Carrie go inside the house]
Carrie: [Whispers] Okay, if anyone asks, don't tell them you're alive.
Darwin: [Whispers] Tell who?
Carrie: [Whispers] You're going to have to make sure that you never let anyone– [Carrie whispers too quietly]
Gumball: [Whispers] Huh, sorry, you were a little too quiet on the second part.
Carrie: [Whispers] Oh, well, what I said was you're going to have to make sure– [Carrie whispers too quietly again]
Gumball: [Whispers angrily] Are you doing this on purpose, because it's kind of annoying.
Carrie: [Whispers] I said you're going to have to–
Darwin: [Loudly] Just tell us already! Why are we whispering in an empty house?
Carrie: Oh, just drink some of this potion and you'll see. event A vial of green liquid appears; it hovers above Carrie's hand It will make you part ghost, but no more than a drop, understand?
[Gumball accepts the vial.]
Darwin: What are you doing? You're too young to be drinking mysterious potions.
Gumball: Oh, don't be a square. What's the worst that can happen?
[Gumball opens the cork of the vial and a ghostly-shaped smoke comes out of the vial]
Gumball: Um, are you sure we're going to be okay?
Carrie: As long as you only have one drop.
Darwin: See, that's the thing. Anything you can only have one drop of can't be good. They don't sell milk by the drop, do they? They sell it by the GALLON! Look at water; that's good for you, which is why it comes out of the FAUCET!
[Gumball flings a drop of the potion in Darwin's mouth, causing him to gasp; his eyes become larger]
Gumball: I think I might give this potion a miss.
Darwin: I'm not going through this alone!
[Darwin forces Gumball's mouth open, and pours in a drop of the potion; Gumball gasps and his eyes become large; a party of ghosts appear]
Gumball and Darwin: Awesome!
Ghosts: Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh! Oh!
[One of the ghosts party too hard and accidentally flings its brain into a punch bowl on the table; the drink splashes into an apple-shaped ghost]
Ghost with a hoodie: Dude, I think you're having a little too much fun.
Worm inside the apple: No, he's always like that.
[A muddy ghost dancing knocks into a female ghost who is holding a cup, causing her to spill the drink on her shirt]
Female ghost: Hey, you got ectoplasm all over my top.
[It is shown the female ghost has no body parts below the waist]
Muddy ghost: Well, it would have been hard to get it on your bottom.
[The male ghost laughs, but stops when the female ghost's legs kick him. Elsewhere, a pixelated ghost is banging on a door]
Pixelated ghost: Yo, you done yet?
[The pixelated ghost looks into the room, making the occupant scream. The pixelated ghost is slapped. A headless ghost that has bubbles coming out of a hole on its neck is conversing with a female ghost sitting on its lap]
Female ghost: You got such a way with words.
[Gumball and Darwin glare at Carrie]
Gumball: Well, how come we can see you everyday, but we have to take a potion to see them?
Carrie: Duh! Because I was born a ghost. Come on, let's go meet some people.
[Carrie floats away]
Darwin: How does that work?
Gumball: Duh! ...I don't know, actually.
[They move to join the party and the doors close behind them. Outside, Anais is struggling to get off the branch]
Anais: I'm so going to get into that partyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
[Anais's dress rips and she falls into the well; she screams for an extended period of time before finally landing in water]
[Several ghosts greet Carrie as she floats by]
Carrie: Hi, guys.
Gumball: [To a ghost as he walks by] Hey. [To Carrie] What's that stuff?
Carrie: Duh! It's ectoplasm. It's what ghosts are made of.
Gumball: [In a strange voice] I want some.
Carrie: Well, you can't.
Gumball: [Loudly] I want some ectoplasm!
Carrie: [Shushes him] You can't drink it!
Nearby ghost: Chill out, dude, there's plenty to go around.
[Ghost leans over to hand a cup to Gumball]
Carrie: No! No, don't!
[The cup goes through Gumball's hand and the music suddenly stops; the ghosts turn to stare at them]
Gumball: Hey, don't worry, man, I got the solution right here.
[Gumball takes the potion from Darwin]
Darwin: What are you doing? Carrie said no more than a drop.
Gumball: What's the problem? Too square?
[Gumball and Darwin take turns snatching and drinking the potion]
Carrie: What are you doing? Stop!
Gumball: Give me that!
Darwin: Give me!
[Carrie snatches the potion from them]
Carrie: Are you insane?
[Gumball and Darwin begin laughing, but stop when they turn into ghosts; their bodies collapse on the ground.]
Carrie: Look what you've done! You've completely turned into ghosts!
Darwin: Which means I can finally do this!
[Darwin kisses Carrie, who blushes, and the party starts back up]
Gumball: Dude! I can fly, I'm invisible! I feel awesome!
Darwin: Wanna go dancing?
Gumball: Dancing? We're ghosts, dude, we can do whatever we like!
Darwin: Let's get out of here and go NUTS!
[Gumball and Darwin leave and go to a gas station where Larry is asleep. They draw on his face and the Sheriff comes in]
Doughnut Sheriff: Hello, Larry.
[Larry wakes up]
Larry: What can I do for you?
[The pattern Gumball and Darwin drew on Larry's face matches the face of a wanted criminal on a flyer]
Doughnut Sheriff: [Holds up a taser] You can put your hands in the air!
[Gumball and Darwin go to the Robinsons' house and posses a stuffed head on the wall]
Stuffed moose head: Hey, Margaret.
[It puckers its lips up and Mrs. Robinson drops the tray she was carrying, breaking the china. Mr. Robinson appears]
Mr. Robinson: What is going on?
Stuffed moose head: Nothing.
[Mr. Robinson faints and Gumball and Darwin leave]
Tina: [To Idaho and Banana Joe] Trick or treat! That means give me your candy.
Gumball: [Gasps] You know what'd be fun? Being a T-Rex.
Darwin: You take left, I'll take right.
[They posses Tina, but have difficulty moving]
Gumball: Dude, it's way more complicated than it looks.
Darwin: Move the calves!
Gumball: Yeah, well, bend the knees, man!
Darwin: I am, I am!
[Tina begins to fall over]
Gumball: Put the hands out, put the hands out!
[Tina falls face first into the ground]
Darwin: Come on, let's bail!
Gumball: Wait-wait-wait, I gotta do a roar before we go.
[Tina roars, and then Gumball and Darwin leave.]
Banana Joe: Should we call a doctor, a vet, or a paleontologist?
[Anais manages to climb her way out of the well. In the party, the headless ghost tries to touch the hand of the female ghost who was on his lap earlier, but she rejects him]
Female ghost: No! You broke my heart.
[The headless ghost gets a heart out of his body]
Female ghost: Oh! You're so romantic! I wish I knew where to kiss you.
[A ghost with a basketball for a head is holding Gumball's body]
Basketball head ghost: Hey! I found myself a couple of bean bags!
Ghost: Fancy a dance?
Anais: Guys! I'm here, let me in.
[Anais sees Gumball and Darwin's bodies dancing and slapping each other.]
Anais: What the? Okay...
[Anais goes into the house and sees the potion on the ground]
Anais: Huh? What have you been drinking?
[Anais takes a little of the potion, her eyes get big and she sees the party]
Gumball: Dude, are you sure about this, because I don't think it's a good idea.
Darwin: Come at me, bro! Give me your best shot! I'm an immortal ghost, I'm not going to feel anything.
Gumball: Alright, you asked for it.
[Gumball punches him and he spins around before falling down]
Darwin: [Face on the ground, his speech is muffled] I forgot you were a ghost too.
Carrie: There you are!
Gumball: No, we're over here!
[Carrie sighs and teleports to them]
Carrie: What are you thinking? It's nearly midnight!
Darwin: Pfft, so what?
Carrie: So if you don't get back to your bodies by the stroke of midnight, you'll remain ghosts forever.
[Gumball screams and then a bell tonging is heard]
Gumball: Let me rephrase that.
[Gumball screams again]
Ghost voice: All ghosts must return to the graves at midnight.
[The ghosts from the party return to graves]
Darwin: We need to find our bodies!
Gumball: And Anais!
Carrie: Wait, that was the twelfth stroke.
[They look around and a hand comes out of the ground and grabs Gumball's leg, making him scream]
Darwin: Does it hurt?
Gumball: No, but it's really cold and wet and its fingernails are dirty!
[Anais is heard screaming in the distance]
[The house the party was held in begins to crumble]
Gumball: Anais! Don't worry, sis, I'm coming! [struggles for freedom] Carrie, cover your eyes!
Carrie: You realize I can see through my hands, right?
[Gumball takes off his pants and they run to the house]
Gumball: Ah, whatever! I'll get Anais, you find our bodies!
[More ghost hands rise from the ground and they dodge them, but one trips Darwin up]
Carrie: I'll handle this.
[Carrie helps Darwin up]
[More ghost hands rise from the ground]
Carrie: It's a little too early to thank me. Get ready to run.
Darwin: What are you doing?
[Carrie allows some ghost hands to pull her down]
Carrie: Don't worry, I belong to this world. They can't take me-
[A ghost hand tugs her hair]
Carrie: AH! Not the hair! [To Darwin] Just go!
[Darwin runs off, but a ghost hand stops him]
Ghost: All ghosts must return to the gr–
[Darwin blows a raspberry into the hand and gets away while the hand wipes away the spit. Gumball gets into the house]
Anais: Over here!
[Gumball rushes to Anais, who is being pulled down a hole in the ground]
Gumball: I'm so sorry! This is all my fault! I'm your big brother and I should have looked out for you. I love you so much!
Anais: That's really touching, Gumball, but I'm kinda being dragged underground by a creepy ghost hand right now!
Darwin: Gumball, our bodies!
[Darwin points to their bodies, which are pulled down by a hand]
Gumball: We've got no choice! We're gonna have to jump and get them back, okay?
[They jump and follow their bodies. Outside, Carrie is yelling into the closing hole the house is being sucked into]
Carrie: Come on, guys, you can do it! Come on! Come on!
[The hole gets smaller and closes up]
Carrie: No! No, no, no! No! No! [sigh]
[Carrie is left alone, until the ground starts trembling; Gumball, Darwin, and Anais are thrown back through a hole that is opened]
Ghost voice from the hole: No mortals allowed in the underworld.
[The hole closes, then reopens, spitting Gumball's pants back out]
Carrie, Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: Whew.
[A car is heard and the Wattersons' car appears. It slams into a tombstone; Nicole gets out of the car, slamming the door and breaking the window]
Nicole: Words cannot describe how furious I am! It's gone midnight! What have you got to say for yourselves?
Darwin: [in Anais' body] We went trick or treating, but then we took a shortcut.
Gumball: [in Darwin's body] We went to a ghost party, and it was supposed to be fun.
Anais: [in Gumball's body] I didn't know what the potion was gonna do when I drank it!
[Gumball, Darwin, Anais, and Carrie suddenly realize something is wrong.]
Gumball: [in Darwin's body] What's–
Darwin: [in Anais' body] Going–
Anais: [in Gumball's body] On here?
Nicole: What happened to you?
Gumball: [in Darwin's body] Mom, don't freak out, Carrie can put us all back in our correct bodies. Right Carrie?
[Carrie grins nervously, and then teleports away; The episode ends.]