- This page is for Fright Night, the episode. For the ghost, see Fright Knight.
"Fright Night" is the thirteenth episode of the TV series Danny Phantom. It is also the Halloween special of the series.
Danny and Dash compete to put on the best Halloween exhibit to avoid getting detention. After Danny reads up on the legend of the terrifying Fright Knight, he takes his sword to use as a prop, only for the Fright Knight himself to invade Amity Park.
It is Halloween, but Danny has no time to celebrate as his fight with a ghost eel goes wrong. The creature sends Danny back into Casper High where he bumps into a ladder, turning human as the paint bucket on top falls off and all the paint spills over Dash's jacket.
Dash threatens Danny until Lancer puts a stop to them, but Lancer decides to not outright give the two detention; instead, he explains that someone out of the school faculty is chosen to decorate an abandoned haunted house for a Halloween party every year, and that he has chosen both Dash and Danny to help decorate. Whoever makes the scariest Haunted House will avoid detention.
The two "lucky" students also make a little side bet as well: if Danny wins, Dash has to dash around the school parking lot in his underwear. But if he loses, then Danny will be forced to eat Dash's dirty, smelly, rotten underwear.
Danny tries to think of scary house plans back home, but neither Tucker nor Sam are frightened by his ideas as Danny struggles with ideas for his exhibit. Sam, however, gives Danny an edge by getting him a book about the Fright Knight, a ghost who uses his Soul Shredder sword to send people to their worst nightmares. Danny flips through the pages and recognizes the location in one of the pictures.
Taking out a map of the Ghost Zone the trio had been making (where Fright Knight's castle is displayed), Danny decides to take inspiration from the Fright Knight for his exhibit. However, it is rather cheaply made and still does not seem to strike fear into anyone, but Danny believes that he is going to win this one.
Tucker soon leaves to go trick-or-treating, just as Danny's parents enter to see if ghosts are nearby. Danny makes them leave before Lancer comes and suspects that they helped him (and to avoid telling him this was to avoid detention) and tells them that he just got interested in ghosts just like his father. With everything planned, Danny goes ghost and checks out the competition, thinking it will pale in comparison to his project. However, Dash has managed to one-up Danny and Lancer is inspecting Dash's exhibit.
Desperate, Danny heads to the Ghost Zone where he enters Fright Knight's castle and frantically avoids the many traps held inside, only to figure out his human self would be unharmed by them. Turning human, he delves further in and finds the Soul Shredder lodged inside a pumpkin. Fishing it out, he starts to head back, only to be surrounded by skeletons. Turning ghost again, Danny begins to fight them off until they start bowing.
Danny turns around to see an angry Fright Knight emerging from the pumpkin, now free after having the sword lifted out. He demands it back, but Danny refuses, so the grumpy knight gives chase with his winged horse while Danny runs off. Danny manages to escape from the Ghost Zone and close the portal, returning to the haunted house. The Fright Knight, however, forces open the gates easily.
Upon his return, Sam is a bit concerned over Danny stealing the sword. Danny refuses to worry as he sticks the sword to the ground, causing it to take over the entire haunted house and turn various dummies Dash has displayed into living zombies. Lancer comes over to grade Danny's work while the Fright Knight searches for the sword. Lancer is unimpressed until the sword's effect takes over more of the haunted house and, incidentally, the entire city of Amity Park, causing everyday objects to turn into monsters.
The Fright Knight sees a screaming Dash (running away from the monsters inside the haunted house) and demands to know where the sword is. He gives the answer and runs like there is no tomorrow. Afterwards, Tucker casually comes over to the Fright Knight, mistaking him for Danny until the Fright Knight grabs him and demands he takes him to his sword, vowing to have it and rule over Amity Park as his new domain.
Meanwhile, Lancer is even more impressed on Danny's display (still courtesy of Fright Knight's sword). Danny handles any glaring problems by using Fenton gear to covertly fend them off until Lancer declares him the winner. Unfortunately, the Fright Knight arrives, takes his sword back, and sends both Lancer and Tucker to other dimensions to live out their worst nightmares.
With only Danny and Sam left, Danny finally apologizes for getting so caught up in winning and continues fighting the Fright Knight. Meanwhile Sam manages to find his weakness from the book she bought, stating he must put the Soul Shredder in a pumpkin while chanting a spell to seal Fright Knight.
Observing around, Danny spots Tucker's pumpkin bucket where he stored his candy, and after a quick battle with Fright Knight, flips him over while chanting the spell to seal him, and takes his sword, smashing it into the pumpkin. The Fright Knight and his horse are sent back from whence they came, trapped once more.
After this, Lancer and Tucker are returned safely. Impressed by Danny's exhibit, Lancer declares Danny the winner, but feeling guilty for his mistake, Danny confesses that he cheated, saying that he used his parent's technology to create a scary room. However, Lancer doesn't care, seeing as he can now one-up his own competition, but when he prepares to start the party, Maddie and Jack accidentally spray him with the Fenton Foamer, and he witnesses Ms. Testlaff and the school students making fun of him, he instantly changes his mind, declares Dash the winner and gives Danny detention. As Jack and Maddie didn't want Danny going along with an 'anti-detention scheme', he is punished by his parents, much to Danny's dismay. Having lost the bet and receiving detention, Danny is stuck eating Dash's underwear the next day.
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- David Kaufman as Danny Fenton/Phantom
- Rob Paulsen as Jack Fenton
- Kath Soucie as Maddie Fenton
- Rickey D'Shon Collins as Tucker Foley
- Grey DeLisle as Sam Manson
- Colleen O'Shaughnessy as Jazz Fenton
- Scott Bullock as Dash Baxter
- Laraine Newman as Ms. Tetslaff; Witch Kid
- Ron Perlman as Mr. Lancer
- Michael Dorn as Fright Knight
- Allusions: See List of allusions
- Goofs: See List of goofs
- In "Superstuffed Nicktoons Weekend" on November 2007, which shows the 100 greatest moments in Nicktoon history, this episode was in 56th place.
- On most online streaming services, such as Amazon Video and Hulu, the title of this episode is incorrectly spelled as "Fright Knight."
- This marks the first time where Jack is wearing his jumpsuit hood and the only time where the lenses in his goggles are colored teal. This wouldn't occur again until "Control Freaks", but with red lenses (similar to Maddie's) as opposed to teal.
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