This is one of my favorite Halloween memories. It was a very formative cartoon for me. Still to this day, as a rule, whenever I get frightened by something, I run at least five laps around it before darting away in terror.
I wish I could have interviewed that 110 year-old-man while he was still alive. I’m sure he had some great stories about the Pirate Wars of 1885. I would have liked to ask him why he was hanging-out in the cabin that Halloween night if he didn’t want to stay there until the pirate-ghosts arrived. Perhaps he was a castaway and the serendipitous arrival of Garfield and Odie’s boat was his first chance to escape that isolated river-island. Or perhaps he was oath-bound to protect the treasure (like the knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) until his former crewmates returned. I wonder how those pirate-ghosts ended up spending all that treasure.