'Muppets Haunted Mansion' on Disney Plus — release date, trailer, first look pictures, guest stars and our guide to the 2021 Halloween special

'Muppets Haunted Mansion' sees Kermit and Miss Piggy cross dress as each other. But will their disguises fool anyone?
'Muppets Haunted Mansion' sees Kermit and Miss Piggy cross dress as each other. But will their disguises fool anyone? (Image credit: Disney+)

Muppets Haunted Mansion sees Gonzo challenged to spend a daring night in the Haunted Mansion found in Disney theme parks for a Halloween special from October 8. The one-off terrifying tale on Disney Plus will feature a horde of Muppet appearances, including other favorites such as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, the Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, Scooter, aged hecklers Statler and Waldorf plus new music and spooky fun with celebrities making cameo appearances (see below for who).

So here’s our guide, to all we know so far about Muppets Haunted Mansion, including some amazing guest stars and the official trailer...

Will Gonzo survive a night in the 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'?

Will Gonzo survive a night in the 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'? (Image credit: Disney+)

'Muppets Haunted Mansion' release date

Muppets Haunted Mansion launches worldwide on Disney+ from Friday Oct. 8,  so there's plenty of time to give it a watch, enjoy the fun, and get into the Halloween spirit!

'Muppets Haunted Mansion' trailer

The official trailer for Muppets Haunted Mansion has been released by Disney Plus. In it we see Gonzo and Pepe try and survive the night in the titular haunted local, with glimpses at some our favorite Muppets and a slew of celebrity guest stars joining them. Watch the full trailer below.

'Muppets Haunted Mansion' — first look pictures and what else we know

Accompanying the announcement of Muppets Haunted Mansion on the official Disney Parks YouTube channel is an interactive tour of various incarnations of the Mansion with an intro video by Uncle Deadly, the poshly spoken Phantom of The Muppet Show himself — hinting that he could take centre stage in the one-off special! see below...

The Muppets Haunted Mansion first look pictures released show us Kermit cross dressing along with Miss Piggy (see main image) at a fancy dress party. Kermit also portrays a ghost while Miss Piggy takes on the role of spell casting witch Madame Leota from Disney's Haunted Mansion ride.

Meanwhile Gonzo also takes centre stage. See more first pictures below as Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn walking down the Corridor of Doors in the haunted mansion, dressed in their black tie best. And why is Scooter dressed as Elvis? See the fun picture of him as Elvis above, taking team with Piggyfied Kermit? In another fabulous scene Miss Piggy holds a seance.

This will be the Muppets’ first-ever Halloween special and it does feature three new original songs called Rest In Peace, Life Hereafter and Tie The Knot Tango.

Bill Barretta, Andrew Williams, David Lightboy and Leigh Slaughter serve as executive producers of Muppets Haunted Mansion, while Kirk R. Thatcher is director.

Out of disguise...Kermit and Miss Piggy entering the 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'.

Out of disguise...Kermit and Miss Piggy entering the 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'. (Image credit: Disney+)

Muppets Haunted Mansion with Gonzo.

'Muppets Haunted Mansion' will be a scary adventure for Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn. (Image credit: Disney+)

Coffin dodgers? Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn in Muppets Haunted Mansion.

Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn sizing up their coffins in 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'. (Image credit: Disney+)

The late Ed Asner will cameo in 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'

The late award-winning actor Edward 'Ed' Asner (Lou Grant, Elf, Up) will be making a guest appearance in Muppets Haunted Mansion. Ed passed away in August 2021, meaning this upcoming Disney+ special will be his first posthumous release.

This news was revealed on The Muppets' Twitter account, where they also promised that more surprise guest appearances would be revealed soon.

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Darren Criss in 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'

Glee star Darren Criss is also joining the cast of Muppets Haunted Mansion, playing 'The Caretaker'. Check out his Twitter below! The musical theatre star played all-singing all-dancing Blaine Anderson in hit series Glee but also a serial killer American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (currently on Netflix) so he can definitely show his scary side too, which could be perfect for Halloween.

Darren Criss as The Caretaker in Muppets Haunted Mansion.

Darren Criss as The Caretaker in Muppets Haunted Mansion. (Image credit: Disney+)
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Other guest stars making cameos in 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'

Joining the late Ed Asner and Darren Criss are Chrissy Metz of This is Us fame who appears to be wearing a viking helmet (see below) plus super-cool Alfonso Riberio (Fresh Prince of Bel Air). Yvette Nicole Brown is playing 'The Hearse Driver' and TV presenter Geoff Keighley is the Singing Bust 'Uncle Theodore'. Arrested Development star Will Arnett is 'The Ghost Host' and Taraji P Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) plays 'The Bride'.

Other well-known names in the Muppets Haunted Mansion are Jeannie Mai, Danny Trejo (Machete), Sasheer Zamata (I Feel Pretty), Pat Sajak, Skai Jackson, Justina Machado and Craig Robinson.

Will Arnett as The Ghost Host in 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'.

Will Arnett as The Ghost Host in 'Muppets Haunted Mansion'. (Image credit: Disney+)

Guest star cameos in Muppets Haunted Mansion, including Chrissy Metz (on bottom left) and Alfonso Riberio (centre).

Guest star cameos in Muppets Haunted Mansion, including Chrissy Metz (on bottom left) and Alfonso Riberio (centre). (Image credit: Disney+)

Muppets Haunted Mansion arrives on Disney Plus on October 8.

'Muppets Haunted Mansion' poster. The show arrives on Disney Plus on October 8. (Image credit: Disney+)

'The Muppet Show' original series currently on Disney Plus

Before watching Muppets Haunted Mansion, you can currently enjoy all episodes of The Muppet Show on Disney Plus. This original series ran from 1976 to 1981 and was filmed at Britain’s Elstree Studios just outside London. It became a huge hit around the world and set the Muppets on course for further success with their movie and TV franchise. 

Devised by master puppeteer Jim Henson, roving reporter Kermit the frog had already appeared in preschool series Sesame Street, but The Muppet Show introduced us to new faces such as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the Swedish Chef plus musicians such as Dr Teeth and Animal. They all seen in a theatre putting on a variety show and introduced a guest star every episode. The guests got ever more illustrious through the run of The Muppet Show, with the likes of Sir Elton John, Ethel Merman, John Denver, Liza Minnelli, Bruce Forsyth, Rudolf Nureyev and more (tune in to see!). Among the regular sketches were Veterinarians Hospital, Pigs In Space and the cantankerous old gentlemen Statler and Warldorf who’d heckle performers from their theatre box.

'The Muppet Show' in 1979 with guest star Liza Minnelli.

'The Muppet Show' in 1979 with guest star Liza Minnelli. (Image credit: Alamy)

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Nicholas Cannon
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I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.