From the very old to the very young, nothing spooks us all quite like coming face-to-face with an actual ghost. Sometimes the ghost is a stranger, a former resident of the house or abandoned hospital in which we currently live. Sometimes the ghost is a loved one, like Hamlet’s father, warning the living of nefarious deeds afoot. And third, other times, the ghost is a famous star of stage and screen!
Celebrity ghosts are those we desire to see most, because as celebrities led quantifiably happier lives on Earth they are less likely to be all spooky and moaning. With that in mind, here’s a list of seven celebrity ghosts that I’m totally okay with being haunted by. They don’t scare me one bit!
7. Buddy – I’ve heard of a golden retriever, but a ghost retriever? Best known as Comet from Full House and the titular star of the Air Bud series, I wouldn’t be scared in the slightest if Buddy’s ghost showed up at the foot of my bed. Instead, I would pet him and remind him that he is in a better place, as ghost Buddy likely still has the right hind leg that living Buddy had amputated due to synovial cell sarcoma before dying in 1998.
6. Gidget – The verdict is in: we the people wouldn’t find the ghost of this Legally Blonde star scary at all! Gidget was a worldwide phenomenon in her role as the Taco Bell Dog, so were she to appear before me in some spectral form, I’d be reaching for my selfie stick before reaching for a weapon or a phone to call the police with. Yo quiero one more day with this good girl who was euthanized in 2009 after suffering a stroke!
5. Moose – Oh baby I hear the ghosts a calling, tossed ghosts and scrambled ghosts? You’d have to certifiably insane yourself to be frightened of the spirit of Frasier’s Eddie. I would feed him kibble and laugh as I watch it fall right through his body to the ground because ghosts can’t eat food. It would be funny because he would be trying to eat it like he were still alive, like he didn’t pass away from old age in 2006.
4. Honey Tree Evil Eye – Don’t let the wicked name fool you, you probably remember this good pup as Budweiser spokes-dog Spuds Mackenzie- “the Original Party Animal!” There’s no reason to presume that his ghost would be evil either, so I would give him the benefit of the doubt. I would scratch him behind his ghost ears and let him watch me drink a beer, then I would tell him that a better name for him would have been Honey Tree Good Dog and that I am sorry he died of kidney failure in 1993.
3. John Ritter – Oh there’d be screams aplenty if I met the ghost of one of the most gifted physical comedians of all time- screams of laughter, that is! John, that’s the wrong door! John, you don’t have to pretend you’re gay around me! I’m not your landlord, this isn’t a TV show, and you are a ghost! John, we lost you to an aortic dissection in 2003 and still miss you terribly!
2. Happy – In case all dogs DON’T go to heaven, the soul of this 7th Heaven star will be left wandering the earth for eternity. But can you really imagine being frightened by the Camden family’s furriest friend? Of course not. I would take him on a long ghost-dog walk and ask him if he ever noticed anything icky about his disgraced co-star Stephen Collins before dying of undisclosed causes in 2010.
1. Soccer – Even if he read me Dracula and Frankenstein back to back as his incorporeal dog body danced above my bed, I’d have nothing but tummy rubs for the ghost of this Daytime Emmy award winner. What’s the story? I’m not frightened of dog ghosts. What’s the story, Wishbone? You’re a very good boy, and you died of old age in 2001.