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Elmo Says BOO! is a Sesame Street special celebrating Halloween. It was released on VHS in the Spring of 1997[1] and aired on PBS the following October as Halloween programming.[2]

In the special, Elmo visits Count von Count's castle to tell him funny, scary jokes. Classic Sesame Street segments are separated with new joke segments set in the castle's exterior, featuring one Sesame Street character and a child, and interior, featuring the Count, Elmo, and some combination of the castle's inhabitants.


Image Segment Description
FRAME 1 Elmo arrives at the Count's castle to tell him some spooky jokes and gets frightened by the surroundings. Elmo tries to knock, but the knocker activates itself. Before the Count opens the door, they exchange a knock-knock joke, making it the first joke on The Count's list. As he brings Elmo inside, the door shuts itself too.

FRAME 1 cont'd In the castle, The Count asks Elmo what a ghost's favorite dessert is. A ghost swoops in with the punchline ("Boo-berry pie!"), frightening Elmo. The joke tickles the funny bone of a skeleton, who used to sing a song with The Count...
Muppets The Count sings about bones.
(First: Episode 1386)
Beginning and ending cut
FRAME 2 Baby Bear tells a girl a scary joke from one of the Count's balconies.
FRAME 2 cont'd The Count and Elmo get a good laugh from Baby Bear's joke. Elmo tells another joke, which makes a painting of the Countess Groan-a Lisa laugh as well. The Count assures Elmo he shouldn't be scared. Elmo shows he's well acquainted on the topic of being scared...
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo and Julia Roberts demonstrate fear.
(First: Episode 2790)
New music button added
Cartoon An orange ball tries to pet a green ball, which growls, scaring him away.
(First: Episode 2118)
Insert At Birdland, Lillian sings "Transylvania 1-2-3-4-5" with The Count and his All-Bat Band.
(First: Episode 2834)
Beginning cut
FRAME 3 Rosita tells a girl the infamous "boo-who" knock-knock joke.
FRAME 3 cont'd The Count's pipe organ begins playing itself and tells a joke. It then says a monster song is coming. Elmo claims he's familiar with the song...
Muppets Four monsters, including Elmo, sing "We Are All Monsters." (redubbed version)
(First: Episode 2731)
FRAME 4 Joey and Davey Monkey rush over to Nicky and ask him "What did the ghost give the monkeys?" What else? "BOO-NANAS!" The two monkeys crack up, while Nicky rolls his eyes.
Muppets Ernie and Bert explore an Egyptian pyramid. Bert is excited but Ernie is afraid. They see statues that look like them. Bert decides to explore a tunnel while Ernie looks at the statues, and then the Ernie statue starts tapping and talking to Ernie. But when Ernie calls Bert back to the room, the statue doesn't move. Ernie is scared until the statue starts singing "Rubber Duckie" with him. Bert doesn't believe Ernie, until he says "Bye-bye, statue," and the statue replies "Bye-bye!" and laughs... just like Ernie.
(First: Episode 1621)
Edited, new sound effects added
FRAME 5 Elmo and The Count listen to a joke by his suit of armor, Sir Count-a-Lot, bringing the joke total to 8.
Cartoon 8 Bats
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1552)
Muppets "Frazzle" with Frazzle & The Frazzletones
(First: Episode 0846)
New graphics added
FRAME 6 Kingston Livingston III asks a boy what kind of bat knows his ABCs. "The Alpha-Bat!"
FRAME 6 cont'd The Count's bats get their turn to tell a joke, which is a baseball bat pun. Elmo thinks they tell great jokes and The Count adds they sing great as well...
Muppets The Count sings "The Batty Bat."
(First: Episode 2096)
FRAME 7 Telly asks a girl what kind of bat is part of the circus. "An acro-bat!" He gets such a kick from the joke, he tells it again.
FRAME 7 cont'd Elmo and The Count begin to recite several more jokes until they get tuckered out and can't think of any more. The organ suggests they go to the kitchen for some screech cobbler. Elmo adds the pun to the joke list, making 15 jokes. He does a Count-like laugh and summons some thunder, scaring him into the kitchen.


DVD chapters[]

  1. Elmo Visits the Count
  2. The Count Sings
  3. Elmo Scares Julia
  4. Scary Song: Transylvania 12345
  5. Silly Song: We're All Monsters
  6. Bert and Ernie Explore
  7. Funny Song: Frazzle Laughs
  8. Batty Song: Doin' the Batty Bat


  • with special appearances by: Julia Roberts, Lillias White
  • Child Talent: Joseph Brancale, Cecilia Gonzalez, Eileen Gonzales, Melissa Remo, Nicholas Sullivan



  1. โ†‘ (as early as May) The Record (Hackensack, NJ) May 30, 1997 edition
  2. โ†‘ multiple October 1997 newspaper TV listings