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I Tried To Figure Out How Casper The Friendly Ghost Died, And Now I Have A Headache

What is the truth?

Woohoo! It's Halloween time! But, tbh, that just means I have an excuse to eat an unhealthy amount of candy and re-watch classic childhood movies, like 1995's Casper.

But, while watching a young Christina Ricci try on a dead woman's dress, I couldn't help but wonder...how did Casper become a ghost in the first place?

Let's start with the movie. There's a scene were Christina Ricci — aka Kat — tries to remind Casper of his life as a boy. She takes him to his childhood bedroom and up to the attic, where he finds a sled that triggers his memory.

He then tells her, "It got late, it got dark, it got cold, and I got sick... I remember I didn't go where I was supposed to go. I just stayed behind so my dad wouldn't be lonely."

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So, this poor little boy got pneumonia, died, and stayed a ghost to keep his dad company? BRB, sobbing.

But, wait! During the '60s and '70s, Harvey Comics — who was responsible for the Casper comic books — would apparently say that Casper's parents "were ghosts when they married," meaning that "their son would be a ghost too."

BUT, WAIT AGAIN! In Paramount's animated cartoon from the '40s, Casper sits on his own grave in the graveyard, meaning that he did die somehow??