• Be sure to join the discussion on our discord at: Discord.gg/serebii
  • If you're still waiting for the e-mail, be sure to check your junk/spam e-mail folders

The Tower of Terror! (023)


Active Member
This was probably one of my favourite episodes in the first season. I think that that gastly, haunter and gengar are the most goofiest pokemon ever.


Well-Known Member
Staff member
I think this episode was both funny and creepy.

It was funny because of how Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar behaved. They're just so goofy with their facial expressions and having their own playroom. I loved the part at the end where they had Team Rocket tied up on the Merry-Go-Round. ^_^

I always found the whole Ash and Pikachu died thing to be creepy. It seemed weird to see them having fun being ghosts - if that were me, I'd be freaked out and depressed knowing that I was dead. Then when they were revived, I was creeped out when I saw the next episode, because I could not get over the fact that they were DEAD just one episode earlier. O___o

But overall it was a good episode.


Well-Known Member
This episode was funny and cool. I liked the part where Ash got hit by the Chandelire and he was a ghost that part was so cool. Haunter is such a goof. It was weird to see a ghost type cry. 7/10

Ashley Miley

Active Member
this episode is probably one of my favorites, mostly because I find it funny that Ash has "died" like at least 3 times in the anime but he never stays dead. This is also a really funny episode.


Well-Known Member
I just watched this episode again and it is one of the best and funniest episodes of the original series. Something confused me though, why doesn't the Pokedex have any information on the ghost pokemon?


I felt that this was annoying episode. I never found Ghastly, Haunter, or Gengar the least bit funny so I quickly grew tired of their antics. Since a lot of this episode revolved around their antics, this episode ranks pretty low on my favorites list for Kanto.


aka Lamia
I found the whole concept of Ash and Pikachu dying a little bit odd... The Gengar, Haunter and Gastly were amazing in this episode though. I remember finding it a lot more fun to watch when I was younger. lol
Ash's scary face in the beginning was hilarious. The concept of Ash and Pikachu dying creeped me out when I was a little kid... But this was a fun episode and a nice debute for Haunter and Gengar. I love all Kanto episodes. This was one of the worst, but still very good, 9/10.


Active Member
This has to be one of my other favorite episode because ash desides to scare misty which also shows that he likes her


Well-Known Member
This episode was just like going to haunted house attraction and laugh yourself off while there. This episode was really cool and while it was imo not the best, it certainly hit the nail as being a very good Halloween-stylish episode.
I don't get how this thread only has 3 stars. To me to this is one of the most hilarious episodes from Pokemon. From the opening scene where Ash tries to scare his friends and gets shocked to the end where TRio goes for a wild ride on the merry-go-round, this episode is certainly a fun ride. There are a lot of other hilarious moments including when Ash thought TRio was the ghost, Ghastly, Haunter and Gengar using different tactics to scare Jessie, James and Meowth. And I love how this episode portrayed the ghost trio. The second part of the Sabrina arc is as good as the first and last part and Ash ends up obtaining Haunter by the end of the episode which will prove useful in the next episode. And of course, there is the awesome out of body experience that Ash and Pikachu have that lead to another hilarious moment where Ash lifts Misty off the ground and into the air.


Well-Known Member
Didn't like the whole haunted tower thing because of my aversion to halloween, but seeing Ash picking up Misty in ghost form and Misty being so happy to see Ash wake up again was very nice to see and a sweet moment between the two.


Well-Known Member
This is definitely one of the more interesting episodes of Kanto I loved every minute of this episode haha

Kutie Pie

"It is my destiny."
(No, I don't really believe this episode was named after nor made a reference to the Twilight Zone ride in the Disney theme parks. I could be wrong, though, since one was operating before Pokémon was even released to the public, but I didn't know there's a Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, so... must be a pretty obscure reference?)

Right after watching this episode when it first came on, I have no idea why it is I didn't fall in love with Ghost Pokémon. It would take about another generation or two before I would give the Ghost-type a try, but for whatever reason, I couldn't bring myself to liking them. It's weird because the Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar are fun characters who just want to have fun. They're pranksters by heart, and when you compare them to the games, they're much more benevolent in the anime than they may be in the games or even the manga. Outside of Giratina and Spiritomb, I don't think there was ever a Ghost Pokémon in the anime that was really mean-spirited. *rimshot* Sure, there was that Gastly a few episodes back, but he doesn't harm people and just exploits them for cash (and can talk for whatever reason).

It has been a long, long time since I last saw this episode, and I had nearly forgotten how much of a joy this episode is. It's just one big running gag after another with a sprinkle or two of creepiness, and most of the gags are a bit of slapstick humor. Team Rocket seems to get the blunt of the stick, though, as they're beaten up quite a bit, but given their silly nature, it works (since they haven't been threatening for a while). But Ash, Misty, and Brock, and even Pikachu and Charmander aren't exempt from it, either. It starts when they get lost in the fog and only Ash and Misty hold hands to keep from being separated, and Brock—only a few feet away—can't find them. Then he grabs Pikachu's tail, and it gets funnier from there. I feel the voice-acting shows in the part where Ash plays the prank and Misty and Brock yell at him. Actually, the voice-acting in general shows from Ash to Meowth. This is episode 23, and yet they sound their best here thus far, especially Nathan Price's performance. He doesn't sound quite as awkward as he did, which I remember started hearing great right about “Tentacool and Tentacruel”, personally.

I find it odd Dexter doesn't have information on Haunter and Gengar, but I guess it makes some sense. I'm sure that Oak and other professors have encountered Ghost Pokémon before, it's just that their slippery and elusive nature makes it difficult to really research. Eventually in Johto there will be data mentioned on Ghost Pokémon in the future while Gengar does get information in Hoenn, but for now, they're still a mystery, which is part of their charm. And that charm is the pranking they play on humans and Pokémon alike. Because they can make themselves invisible/vanish/teleport/what-have-you by will, they can drive people crazy. Not fun for the victims, but it's a twisted sense of fun for the Ghost-type. They probably don't try to kill their victims intentionally, but it's hard to say since death is rarely ever touched upon in Pokémon—at least with the dub.

Speaking of death, could we count Ash and Pikachu as the first characters to die in Pokémon? Having a chandelier fall on you is not pleasant, and though they weren't impaled by it, they may have been knocked unconscious, or even died from the impact. Either way, we see them as ghosts for a few minutes, and as a brick joke to Ash's pranking in the beginning, he pulls one on Misty and Brock in a scene that some Pokéshippers like to use as evidence. I personally don't, but it's sweet how Misty really shows how much she cares about Ash judging from how worried she was. They really have come a long way since the first episode.

The pacing in this episode is really good, never slipping up in execution and length. It basically is used to show us how tricky Ghost Pokémon are, and is done to great effect—though the human characters become a part of it as well, mostly with Team Rocket. I think this is the first episode thus far, or at least for a while, where I had the most fun. I didn't laugh hard or loud, but I was grinning the entire time up to the very end. The writing does indeed feel like 4KIDS, and while I don't recall any puns they may have done, because of the slapstick humor, they were able to have it naturally flow onscreen and have the dialogue lead it through. Like I said before, one of 4KIDS' strengths are the jokes and puns they write for the characters. They tend to be groan-worthy in a lot of their shows, but in Pokémon, it fits like a glove. They're showing just how much fun they're having with the episodes as do the characters in the episodes. Is it any wonder many of us prefer the 4KIDS dub?

Sadly (unless you're into that sort of thing), we have to get back to the creepiness. But perhaps they managed to sneak in some humor to help balance everything out since we have Haunter with us. Maybe. I remember Haunter being a pain in the butt as a kid...
1. funny episode xD especcialy the ghosts
2. misty & ash .. pokeshipping
3. funny TR xD
4.aSh dead .. cool
5. when ash grabbed misty and lifted her up was funny xD

I had an 'N's room' flashback when i saw that playroom in this episode.

Why did they Charmander to use his fire to light a candle when they could have just used his tail as light like in Here Comes the Squirtle Squad?


I'm still sad that Lavender Town as a whole got shafted here; I wish we had seen more of the town and not just the Pokemon Tower. I also felt bad for Gastly and Gengar as well; they just stayed behind while Haunter got to leave and eventually find a trainer. Anyway nitpicking aside, this was a perfect episode to watch on Halloween. :p