The Boogieman Cometh

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"The Boogieman Cometh"
Real Ghostbusters episode
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Episode no. Season 1
Episode 6
Written by Michael Reaves
Original air date October 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
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Two children turn up at the firehouse claiming that the Boogieman is living in their closet, leading the skeptical Ghostbusters on a mission to bedroom closets throughout New York, and finally into the twisted world of the Boogieman himself!




  • The title of the episode is likely a reference to the play, The Iceman Cometh.
  • The Boogieman visiting Egon as a child was what piqued his interest in the supernatural.
  • The Boogieman reappears in The Bogeyman is Back though his name is spelled differently.
  • Peter sudden changes from pajamas to uniform after Egon suggest they investigate.
  • In an animation error, two Peters get out of Ecto-1 at the Carters house.
  • When Egon slams down his fist when talking about the Boogieman, the audio is slightly out of sync.
  • Peter says "See you on the other side, Egon!", exactly what he says to Ray in a climactic moment in the first Ghostbusters movie"
  • Before jumping into the portal to the Boogieman's realm, Egon shouts "KHAN!", Captain Kirk's famous line in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
  • This episode was done is a series of View Master reels, a popular toy in the 80's.
  • The song used in this episode is The Boogieman by Tahiti.
  • Ray references crossing the streams.


Peter Venkman: Watch out for that hot dog cart Winston. Don't hit that newstand!
Winston Zeddemore: Ray, we should've put another wheel in the back seat for him.

Louey the ghost: You'll never take me alive coppers!
Egon Spengler: Of course not, you're a ghost!
Louey the Ghost: Oh yeah. I keep forgetting!

Peter Venkman: Another ghost, another dollar.

Winston Zeddemore: Boy I'm exhausted.
Peter Venkman: Yeah, I don't know about you guys, but I'm gonna sleep like the dead.
Egon Spengler: Possibily not the most appropriate metaphor Peter, considering our line of work.

Winston Zeddemore: Remember, as long as you're not afraid, he can't hurt you.
Ray Stantz: Hmph! I want a glass of water.
Peter Venkman: (Hands Ray a glass of water) Here, now go to sleep!
Ray Stantz: Peeteerr.
Peter Venkman: What?!
Ray Stantz: Tell me a story.
Winston Zeddemore: He's just getting into the role.
Peter Venkman: He's gonna be in a bodycast if he keeps this up! (Looks over at Ray and starts telling a story) Once upon a time there were four Ghostbusters who had a job to do, only they couldn't do it 'cause one of them wouldn't go to sleep! THE END!!! (Slams door)
Ray Stantz: Thppt!!

Egon Spengler: Go! I'll hold him off!
Peter Venkman: Oh Yeah? You and what Starfleet?