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“The ghost! It's got me!”

Halloween is the twenty-first episode of the eighth series.


It is Halloween and the engines excitingly hurry to finish their work. That evening at Tidmouth Sheds, the Fat Controller tells Thomas and Emily to pick up a delivery of iron from the smelters. Percy, worried for them, warns them to watch out for ghosts, though Thomas and Emily both tell Percy ghosts do not exist before setting off.

On their way there, Thomas and Emily discuss what is scarier: ghosts or the smelter's yard. By the time they get there, night has fallen and both are spooked. Unbeknownst to them, 'Arry and Bert are hiding behind the Breakdown Train and plan to scare them knowing they are afraid. Moaning and bumping a flatbed, they successfully scare Thomas and Emily, who race to the main shed. Both start to wonder if there are ghosts as they enter where the chains, falling sparks, and several noises make it more scary. As Emily turns around on a turntable to shunt trucks, a big wave of sparks cause a white tarpaulin to fall onto her, though she is convinced a ghost has got her. Emily races away while Thomas, who is in front of her on the same track races away too. 'Arry and Bert get frightened and run away with Thomas and Emily following them, also thinking she is a ghost.

"Help! The ghost has got me!"

All four engines race through the dark countryside and through Henry's Tunnel and head back to Tidmouth Sheds. As they arrive, Percy tells them to stop before they crash. While Thomas informs him of what is happening, the tarpaulin flies off Emily after she steams under a signal gantry. The engines are not longer scared, but they feel foolish. After the Fat Controller arrives in his pajamas and comes to see what the noise is about, Bert admits the trouble he and 'Arry caused and they are sent back to the Smelters to do Thomas and Emily's work as well as their own as punishment.

Nowadays, whenever Thomas or Emily return to the Smelters, they know there is nothing to be scared of and that ghosts do not exist.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-sixth episode of the eighth series and the series finale of the eighth series.
  • A deleted scene from Fergus Breaks the Rules is used.
  • For unknown reasons, the UK and US versions have different endings. The UK and international versions feature a ghost coming out of a pile of scrap, while the US version just has an extra scene with Thomas and Emily. This was possibly done to not scare children. However, a few of the US HiT Favorites DVDs feature the UK ending.
  • On Thomas' Sodor Celebration! and the HiT Favorites DVDs, the timing of the narration is different in some areas, such as Thomas screaming, "The ghost is after me!" for example.
  • This is the last episode stock footage directed by David Mitton, and produced by Gullane Entertainment is used.
  • The Halloween Engine is recycled from Gordon's scrap model with Murdoch's chassis and one of the old tenders from the third series episode, Tender Engines.
  • Scrap models of Toad, City of Truro and Donald or Douglas are seen.
  • The scrap hanging from the ceiling is that of hook and loop couplers and bogies for model trains.
  • A brown building from TUGS appeared at the Smelters.
  • On the tender in front of the smelting shed, the letters 'NE' are visible.
  • This was the last episode to air on CiTV on 27th September 2006 due to the end terrestrial television on CiTV, however repeats from this series and the sixth and seventh series alongside the first series would air on the CiTV Channel between 2006 and 2007, ending the classic series altogether.
  • This marks the first of four appearances of Edward's wincing face mask, with the others being the next episode, Calling All Engines! and Henry's Lucky Day. However, it is possible that this face was originally made for the adaptation of Edward's Exploit from The Railway Series book Main Line Engines for the second series.
  • This is the second time that Thomas and some of his friends went to the Smelters Yard on Halloween night. The first was in the sixth series episode, Scaredy Engines.
  • This was the last episode for a couple things:
    • The last episode written by Dave Ingham to date.
    • The final episode to have a one-word title until the twenty-third series episode Batucada.


  • The narrator says that the Fat Controller came to Tidmouth Sheds, but Thomas, Percy and Emily were at the works shed adjacent to Tidmouth.
  • When 'Arry and Bert are pushing and pulling the flatbeds, a wheel falls off.
  • The narrator says that Thomas was right behind 'Arry and Bert, but because they were reversing, Thomas was actually in front of them.
  • It is stated that all the engines were woken up by Thomas blowing his whistle, but it can be seen when viewed in widescreen that Henry is still asleep.
  • In a close-up of Thomas explaining the trouble 'Arry and Bert caused him and Emily, he lurches slightly to one side.
  • Thomas' face is loose at Tidmouth Sheds.
  • Thomas brakes in a close-up of his wheels, but in the next shot, his wheels are still moving as he comes to a halt.
  • During the night scenes at Tidmouth sheds, a purple mark can be seen on the bottom right corner of Bert's front. This is due to his model being repainted from Splatter after Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • In the German dub, when Thomas and Emily run away from the flatbeds, Emily is referred to as Percy.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 万圣节
Croatian Noć Vještica
Czech Halloween
Danish Halloween
Dutch Halloween
Finnish Kummitusten Ilta
French L’Halloween
German Halloween
Greek Απόκριες
Hungarian Halloween
Italian La notte di Halloween
Japanese ハロウィン
Korean 유령 기관차
Latin American Spanish Noche de Brujas
Norwegian Halloween
Polish Halloween
Romanian Halloween
Russian Хеллоуин
Scottish Gaelic Oidhche Shamhna
Serbian Noc Vestica
Spanish Halloween
Swedish Halloween

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