‘SNL’ Spooks Get Animated in NBC’s ‘The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special’

David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special
David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special

The ridiculously popular (and wonderfully ridiculous) Saturday Night Live “Haunted Elevator” sketch is ready to scare up even more fans, with NBC planning an animated “The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special” for Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. The TV event will feature the return of Tom Hanks as the voice of the ghoul of cool himself, as well as two-time Emmy winner Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones).

“It’s scary how quickly the original SNL sketch caught on, and we’re thrilled that Tom Hanks is back to keep the fun going,” said George Cheeks, President, Business Operations and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.

David S. Pumpkins first appeared in the original sketch on Oct. 22, 2016, played by Hanks in one of his most inscrutable roles: a mysterious man wearing a pumpkin-patterned suit who, accompanied by two frenetic skeleton-costumed dancers, create a baffling scene on a scary theme park ride. The new special will be set in a small, suburban town where on All Hallows’ Eve, David S. Pumpkins and his sidekicks will show a young brother and sister the true meaning of Halloween.

Sketch creators Mikey Day, Bobby Moynihan (the skeletons) and Streeter Seidell will also provide voices for the special, as well as writing and producing. Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers) is providing the animation. SNL head Lorne Michaels is executive producing.

The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special is a production of Broadway Video in association with SNL Studios.

…Any questions?

David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special

David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special

  • Tigercat919

    I have a question, actually. What made the original David S. Pumpkins sketch an instant classic is that it is incredibly well-executed and that there was clearly confusion as to why on earth that guy is there or what makes him so special. Why is he so scary? What is he there for? Not knowing the answers just adds to the comedy.

    So, why potentially ruin the joke by delving deeper into it than necessary?