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[[caption-width-right:258:Hobbes can [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant make anything scary]].]]

->''Well, while I can appreciate your classic look, I don't think anyone has been scared of the 'bedsheet phantasm' ensemble for a long time.''
-->-- '''Antimony''' to Mort, ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''


OurGhostsAreDifferent, and they look like refugees from the linens aisle.

If ghosts in Western media aren't [[JacobMarleyApparel dressed as the deceased did in life]], then chances are they're dressed as the deceased did in death. Originally, this meant grave clothes and a long, [[WhiteShirtOfDeath white]], flowing burial shroud. If the same reasoning were applied to modern burial customs, it would mean that most ghosts would dress in their Sunday best, but the trope is [[DiscreditedTrope seen as too cheesy in the present day]] to be updated in such a logical manner.

Like many images common to modern culture, the Bed Sheet Ghost began as a theatrical convention that has long lost its context. In Shakespeare's day, it was common to portray ghosts in armor on stage (for example, Hamlet's father is often depicted in a full suit of armor in historical depictions.) In Elizabethan England, armor was no longer worn in combat, and the costuming convention at the time was to dress characters in contemporary (Renaissance) clothing. So, by dressing a character in armor, the character was given an out of date look, and recognized as a ghost. However, as special effects became more elaborate, it became common to lower the actor playing the ghost onto stage with a pulley. Of course, the heavy armor clanked loudly, and by the 19th century, the sight of an armored ghost on stage was more likely to bring laughter than fear.

Because of this, by the 1800s, theatres realized they had to create a new, recognizable look for ghost characters, one that would allow the actor to enter and leave silently. Perhaps inspired by traditional burial shrouds or depictions of ghosts as ethereal, misty creatures (both attributes predating the Bed Sheet Ghost), actors began to appear draped in white cloth to portray ghosts.

Over time, as the shroud became emblematic of the ghost, ghosts were depicted as less corporeal by showing the shroud without a body underneath it. Some stories even go one step further by showing the ghost as a wispy blob of ectoplasm, vaguely shroud-like in appearance, ŕ la CasperTheFriendlyGhost.

As a result, the white sheet has become pop culture's visual shorthand for spirits of the dead, and a bedsheet with eye holes is the standard costume for fictional characters trying to dress like ghosts. This idea dates back at least to the Post-U.S. Civil War period--the white robes and hoods of the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan were intended to look ghostly. (This Klan connection, in turn, is why the pointy-headed Bedsheet Ghost is no longer a popular design.)

TheKlan aside, dressing up as a Bedsheet Ghost is usually indicative of an ill-conceived or apathetic scare attempt, because on their own, a person in a white sheet [[NightmareRetardant really isn't that scary]] to anyone over 6 years old. Like the armored ghost before it, the Bedsheet Ghost has long lost its fright appeal, and is mostly comical today. This in turn has led to a common subversion: The characters see what seems to be a person in a white sheet and [[MistakenForAnImposter laugh at the obvious costume]]. Then they lift the sheet and see [[RealAfterAll there's no one underneath it]]. [[HilarityEnsues Cue running and screaming]]. However some have managed to make it somewhat less funny looking and more intimidating, such as putting red paint on the sheet to make it look bloody.

While the Bedsheet Ghost is rarely played straight as an attempt to ''scare'' the audience, he can still work as a mournful, sympathetic figure.

Definitely TruthInTelevision for anyone who's celebrated [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]]: If you haven't dressed as a bedsheet ghost at some point, you know someone who has. Unless you're from the DeepSouth.

Sub-trope of StockCostumeTraits. Compare JacobMarleyApparel. The StringyHairedGhostGirl is the rather violent Japanese parallel. Not to be confused with [[TheGrudge a scene wherein a ghost crawls up from underneath the bedsheet and gets you while you lie on the bed]].
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* A filler episode of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' had Yuuri setting up shop in a haunted house. In the end, the mermaids scare her out with bedsheet ghosts.
* Kaworu Nagisa starts out as one of these in ''Anime/PetitEva.''
* Used in an episode of ''KirbyOfTheStars''. Dedede actually falls for it and thinks it's a real ghost.
* Featured in some ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episodes:
** One episode in the "Advanced Generation" series, has Ash and the gang explore an abandoned mine where Ash gets the idea to have his Corphish go through a test of courage. May and Max wear a white cloth over themselves to scare Corphish which works. Corphish freaked out, hits the "ghost" causing the cloth to come off and have May and Max fall into a nearby mine cart. Upon seeing that it was them, Corphish becomes pissed and tackles the minecart as its sent flying off, while Corphish who is still angry, heads off in another direction.
** One episode set during the early seasons has Ash and his friends explore a ghost ship. Two ghost pokemon, Haunter and Gastly appeared wearing sheets until they were taken off.
** Another episode set in the early seasons features Ash and the others flying in a blimp that is supposly haunted. A Jigglypuff gets caught underneath a table cloth and starts to wander around with it on. When Team Rocket encounters it, they believe it is a real ghost and they run away from it.
* In a episode of ''TenchiUniverse'', Sasami and her friend Mirei who is an actual ghost, do this to scare her friends as a prank.
* Near the end of a episode of ''Suzy's Zoo Daisuki! Witzy'', Suzy and her friends are shown playing around as Bedsheet Ghosts.
* Makoto in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' tries this on Yuichi. It fails, and Yuichi chastises her for taking down a curtain to do so.
* In [[Anime/DiGiCharat Di Gi Charat Nyo!]], one of Dejiko's friends is allergic to the sun and has to wear a protective suit to go outside. Said protective suit looks like a ghost costume
* One episode of [[Anime/LittleLulu Little Lulu and Her Little Friends]] does this. In the episode Lulu babysits Tubby and he plays various tricks to get her to leave. One of these tricks is dressing up as a ghost and scaring her away. However Lulu does the same thing to him and succeeds in scaring him. Tubby becomes annoyed as she scared him using his own trick.
* In ''Manga/NonNonBiyori'', Koma is given one to wear as the scarer for a TestOfCourage. Only Natsumi forgot to cut the eyes out and just ''drew'' them on with marker.
* In a episode of [[VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou Shin Koihime Musou]] has the main characters disguise themselves as ghosts in order to scare a rich person into giving money to the poor.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Parodied in a comic strip (title unknown). In it, a girl tries scaring off her brother by using the old Bedsheet Ghost trick but fails as the brother replies, "What's so scary about a bedsheet on your head?" Then she walks out from the room. Next thing you know, she finally gets to scare her brother... by putting a ''pillow'' over her head.
* Brazilian character [[MonicasGang Penadinho/Bug-a-booo]] and other ghosts from ''Monica's Gang'' (though they just look like white humanoids).
* In the graphic novel ''Odd Is on Our Side'' (a tie-in to the OddThomas novels) a young girl killed by poisoned candy appears to Odd still wearing her bedsheet Halloween costume.
* The Dark Horse character Ghost has a cape/hood ensemble for her costume that evokes shades of this.
* German detective ''ComicStrip/NickKnatterton'' once disguised himself as one - but there are also real ones looking like this!
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
** In ''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'', Tintin disguises himself and Snowy as these to scare off the villains. Unfortunately, he can't see where he's going after that and falls into a manhole.
** In ''Destination Moon'', Captain Haddock dresses as one in one of several unsuccessful attempts to frighten Calculus out of his amnesia.
* This was Dave's halloween costume one year in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', continuing his run of putting almost no thought or effort into his costume.
* In the first issue of ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'', Shadowcat dons a sheet to scare some thieves holding people hostage. They believe she is a real ghost beacause their bullets go through her due to her intangible powers.
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[[folder: Film]]
* This was lampshaded in the film version of ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. The Maitlands actually are ghosts, and have the ability to manipulate their appearance into grotesque forms, and manipulate material objects as well. However, they're completely invisible to everyone except Lydia, so in an attempt to scare the Deetzes out of their old house, they put on bedsheets so they would be visible. This does not turn out to be as scary as they'd hoped. It doesn't help that they use floral-patterned designer sheets of the Deetzes.
-->'''Adam:''' Aren't you scared?\\
'''Lydia:''' I'm not scared of sheets.\\
'''Barbara:''' If I'd seen a ghost your age, I would have been scared out of my wits.
* In the original ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' and [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} its remake]], Michael Myers briefly dresses as a bedsheet ghost while toying with one of his victims. Over top of the sheet, he's wearing the glasses of the victim's boyfriend (whom he just knifed), causing her to think it's her boyfriend.
* Played for drama in ''TheSixthSense''. When Cole is sitting in his bedsheet fort and the ghost of a vomiting girl suddenly appears and frightens him, he runs away, inadvertently covering her with the bedsheet. It's only when he gathers the courage to go back and pull the sheet off, that he realizes that the ghost is not scary at all, but just a poor, sick little girl who needs his help.
* A surprisingly scary scene in ''Film/{{Scream 3}}'' features this. When the killer attacks Sidney in the set recreating her Mother's death, under a sheet covered in blood no less!
* In ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', a child Willie Wonka goes dressed as a bedsheet ghost for Halloween. When his sheet is lifted, we find he probably picked this costume because his [[BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill headgear]] wouldn't fit in any other costume.
* ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'''s version of The Ghost of Christmas Past, which also somewhat resembles a [[GhostLights Will'O the Wisp]].
* In ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', when Eliot has to take his little sister out for trick-or-treating, he dresses ET up as this.
* In a rare completely traditional, completely straight example of this trope in modern film, ''ParanormalActivity 3'' features an actual, honest to evil Bedsheet Ghost scene. [[spoiler: Becomes legitimately creepy when the bedsheet just collapses on the ground without anyone under it]].
* In ''Film/TheInnkeepers'', Claire dresses like this in Luke's "re-enactment" of her discovery of the ghost in the lobby. Since she can't see where she's going, she trips over the furniture. But then, an actual ghost appears with a bedsheet. And then we see what's under the bedsheet...
* In "AnAmericanGhostStory" there is another straight (and frightening) example. Unusual in that the character interacts with the thing for an entire nervewracking scene and it remains scary without ever revealing anything under the sheet [[spoiler:(though at one point nothing is revealed under the sheet in an unusual way)]].
* Done for scares in ''Film/TheConjuring'' when a bedsheet is blown off of a clothesline, only to be briefly caught on a human figure.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* OscarWilde's ''The Canterville Ghost'' originally popularized this trope.
* It's OlderThanFeudalism: ''Julius Caesar'': "The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets."
** Bear in mind that coffins hadn't caught on yet; BedsheetGhosts were in their burial shrouds.
* The Creator/MontagueRhodesJames story "Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad" has... ''something'' that manifests itself in the sheets of the unused bed in the hero's hotel room. It's implied that the thing has next to no physical form of its own.
** The [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063381/ TV adaptation]] plays it straight ''and'' makes it work.
*** There's something darkly comical about it all. The hero, Parkins, is a po-faced academic who has very definite views on ghosts, so it's deliciously ironic that the thing that terrorizes him chooses to manifest itself in a bedsheet. Not that it makes the story any less terrifying.
* Gus the Ghost in the Thayer ''Gus'' series is a basic bedsheet ghost. Most people barely notice him, nor get scared if they do.
* Creator/CliveBarker's "Confessions of a (Pornographer's) Shroud" uses this as an intentionally ridiculous core premise for what can either be read as a fairly serious horror story or a black comedy. The main character manages to come back as a ghost by transferring his spirit from his body to the shroud used to cover him at the morgue.
* In Clifford D. Simak's ''The Goblin Reservation'', the character of Ghost (yes, that's how he's called) is depicted this way.
* One of the solve-it-yourself mysteries of the ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' books features Mr. Boddy's six guests all dressing up as ghosts to try to scare each other, which makes them all feel a little silly— until they notice there are ''seven'' ghosts in the room, and one of them doesn't have feet.
* This is Johnny's costume for the Halloween party in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny and the Dead]]''. Unfortunately, the only sheet his mum would let him cut eyeholes in is a pink floral one, leading to inevitable comments like "What are you, a gay ghost?"
* In Discworld/WyrdSisters, Lord Felmet has finally suffered enough SanitySlippage throughout the events of the novel to go completely mad, and believes he is a ghost. He dons a sheet and goes on about how he plans to rattle chains and frighten people...while Death stands there and politely insists he is ''not'' dead. Felmet tries to prove it by flying out the window and falls to his death. His ''actual'' ghost, still wearing the sheet, is now allowed to haunt the place for real.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/FatherTed'' series 3 episode "The Mainland", Father Noel Furlong wears a bedsheet when he confronts Father Ted and Dougal in the caves.
-->'''Father Noel''' (in bed sheet): Ooooo! Oooooo!\\
'''Ted and Dougal:''' *scream*\\
'''Father Noel''' (throws off bed sheet): Ted!\\
'''Ted and Dougal:''' *scream louder*
* In the British kids' show ''The Ghosts Of Motley Hall'', the ghosts want to scare off some people who've been hanging around their house, but the problem is they're invisible to most humans. Solution: One of the ghosts covers himself with an old bedsheet. In other words, a ghost [[LampshadeHanging dressing up as a ghost]].
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow was originally going to go out on Halloween in a sexy outfit that she and Buffy made. She chickened out and, mostly to cover up, went as a Bedsheet Ghost instead. Then all of their costumes were enchanted to turn them into the things they were dressed as. Cue scantily clad ghost Willow.
-->'''Willow:''' I'm a ghost!\\
'''Giles:''' Yes. Um... the ghost of ''what'', exactly?
* On one episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', a foreign spy arrived on the island and took this up to try and scare the castaways off the island. They later decide to fight back doing the same thing.
* In ''BigBadBeetleborgs'', the girl turned invisible in one episode, she tried convincing someone she was a ghost by donning one of these and watching them laugh at her... till it was pulled off and there was no one underneath.
* Referenced in the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''CaveDwellers'': when TheHero is fighting an invisible enemy, he tosses his cloak over the foe to reveal his location. Cue Crow: "Ah! Now they're ''really'' scary! Booga booga booga!"
* Subverted in ''PushingDaisies'' where in a flashback, young Ned is shown on Halloween in a sheet with fire engines on it.
** However, Chuck shows up in a white sheet later that episode.
* The Janitor on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' dresses up as one of these to haunt pediatrics.
** As the ''Ghost who hates spills''! Woooooohooooooo!
*** Also, in-line skates.
--->'''Carla:''' You're a monster.
--->'''Janitor:''' Hey! Do you know how messy kids can be? This place has been spotless since ''the ghost'' showed up.
* Subverted in ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'': Dewey appears to be dressed up as a bedsheet ghost, but he claims to actually be a marshmallow.
* ''AceLightning'' plays this trope absolutely straight in one episode - and the bad guys are ''terrified'' by a kid stuck under a bedsheet.
* Low-budget sci-fi serial ''Series/RockyJonesSpaceRanger'' brings us one of the stupidest examples. A FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit InSpace is trying to steal the land rights to some sort of space gold-mine, and is thwarted not by the Space Rangers, but by a couple of kids throwing a sheet over their remote-control airplane so he thinks it's a ghost. Keep in mind, this is hundreds of years in the future, in a civilization on par with ''Franchise/StarTrek''...
* One turns up in ''TheTwoRonnies'' serial "Stop! You're killing me!", haunting the graveyard at dead of night. Charley's response is to build a device to blow the bedsheet off it from below. The first person to trigger it [[PantyShot is a young woman in a short skirt]], the second [[GoofyPrintUnderwear is the local vicar]], and the third [[NakedPeopleAreFunny is their landlord in a nightshirt]].
* Seen in the SpecialEditionTitle of "Changing Channels" when the Winchesters are TrappedInTVLand, including a sitcom version of ''{{Supernatural}}'' showing Sam frightened by a bedsheet ghost he finds in a cupboard.
* The HalloweenEpisode of ''Series/DuckDynasty'' features Uncle Si dressing up as one (complete with his hunting cap and blue Tupperware tea cup) and acting like he's a ghost when the Duck Commander crew is busy turning the warehouse into a "haunted house" attraction for the kids. However, he ends up breaking character (and the sheet gets pulled off) once Jep, who earlier in the episode considered ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' to be the scariest film of all time, brings up that film again.
* In one episode of {{Chelmsford 123}} Wolfbane attempts to persuade Aulus to pardon Badvoc by using this trope in combination with a {{Jacob Marley Warning}}; needless to say [[spoiler: it doesn't work]].
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[[folder: Music Videos]]
* One is shown in Music/{{Deadmau5}}'s music video "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rHngwaJKUE Ghosts n' Stuff]]". [[OurGhostsAreDifferent It can't go through walls]], [[TheDeadCanDance but it can get tattoos and dance]].
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* Jason does this in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' and gets an appropriately horrified reaction from his mother, but only because he has cut holes in her new Ralph Lauren sheets.
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[[folder: Recorded And Stand-Up Comedy]]
* In his stand-up days, Creator/WoodyAllen told a story about how he attempted to go to a costume party dressed as a bedsheet ghost... in the DeepSouth. Four guys in "ghost costumes" drive up to him and tell him to get in. HilarityEnsues.
* An EddieIzzard sketch involves the [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Holy Ghost]] as a Bedsheet Ghost:
-->"Holy Ghost, this is not an episode of Scooby Doo!"\\
"I'd have got away with it if it wasn't for those God and Jesus fellas."
* One ImprovEverywhere sketch had a bunch of BedSheetGhost s mull around the New York Public Library- reading books, using laptops, that kinda thing. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKB7zfopiUA And then]] the GhostBusters show up...
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* As mentioned in the Head Injury Theater quote above, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the Sheet Phantom, which is an actual Bedsheet Ghost. As with some of the other actual Bedsheet Ghosts, the explanation given is that the being's spirit is imbued into his bedclothes as he dies.
** Undead cloakers from the ''{{Ravenloft}}'' setting somewhat resemble this trope, although they were never human, but ghosts of creatures that resemble flying manta rays.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* One of enemies in second ''{{Painkiller}}'' in wonderfully creepy orphanage level is child playing as bedsheet ghost. [[ActionBomb Do not let them to get close to you.]]
* A certain variety of {{mook|s}} in the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' world "Creepy Castle".
* The ghosts from ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}'' are even further abstracted. They look like jellyfish with eyeballs.
** When Pac-Man chomps the ghosts in {{Hanna-Barbera}}'s AnimatedAdaptation, they get new ghost suits in the appropriate colors out of Mezmaron's closet.
*** The second and third cutscenes in the original Pac-Man game demonstrate this: in the second, Blinky chases Pac only to catch his ghost suit on a nail, and in the third, he chases Pac again, [[BrickJoke but his crappy repair job didn't stay]]. In both instances, we see part of the creature under the costume.
* The boy who controls Spectre in ''TwistedMetal: Small Brawl'' appears dressed as this.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Geist}}'', this strategy actually ''works'' on someone, scaring her enough to allow you to possess her. Not that there aren't considerably more effective methods used throughout the game...
** To be honest, it's a bit scarier than usual, although the accountant literally sees the sheet rise up off the bed. Raimi-as-a-bedsheet-ghost has an empty dark hood and dives after her, after all.
* You actually get to ''play'' as one of these in the SelfExplanatory AdventureGame ''GhostInTheSheet''. {{Justified|Trope}} in that his "boss" tells him that if the sheet's taken off, what's left of him will scatter away and be lost forever (He died under an incoming bus, which was "very messy"). [[spoiler:Actually, the "boss" put the sheet on his definitely-not-fragmented body in order to prevent him from [[{{Intangibility}} phasing through objects]] and getting too much information. It doesn't work, of course, as he still manages to ''get'' said info...]]
* Many games feature an approximately spherical version, such as the Boos from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''.
** The series also has literal Bedsheet Ghosts in ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland''.
** One thing that's never made clear about Boos is whether they're actual ghosts who are the remaining spirits of people who are dead, or just a species of ghostlike spirit-beings. Which may or may not be relevant to this trope, but it's worth thinking about; does it count as a bedsheet ghost if it's not actually a ghost?
** Special mention to the Duplighosts in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', who are literal bedsheet ghosts who can transform into dopplegangers of your partners. In the sequel ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', there's a unique one known as [[spoiler:Doopliss]], who transforms the citizens of Twilight Town into pigs. He is more [[NightmareRetardant humorous]] than scary, but he's a lot more dangerous than he seems. [[spoiler:Partway through the fight with him, he copies Mario and turns into a shadow of the hero. Upon defeat, Mario and company leave, and you then discover you're the shadow now. You encounter the "real" Mario on your way back to Twilight Town, and he reveals that he is the creature you fought and has stolen your name and body. Only upon discovering his real name and defeating him once more is the curse broken.]]
* One of the puzzles from ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' had Indy dressing up as a bedsheet ghost to try to scare another character. It didn't work very well until the bed sheet was supplemented with some other items.
* In ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'', Sandopolis Zone Act II featured bedsheet ghosts that appeared as the torches burned down. To start with would be one small one, floating at the top of the screen in a less-than-threatening manner. Then a second one appears and they grow in size and their eyes gain an angry look. When the torches go out completely a third one appears, and all three get bigger and grow horns. If the torches are left off for too long they start swooping down and menacing Sonic. Since the level contains a section where it's very easy to get stuck in a loop and remain stuck well after you've realized you're IN a loop (or even if you were prepared for the loop), these guys can get a little distressing.
* The SegaGenesis version of ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' uses this in the form of white ''tablecloth'' ghosts. As in: the tablecloth floats off the table, comes toward you, and "ties you up" if you don't eliminate it.
* While I'm not sure if any of the other ghosts in the series used this kind of design, the Axe Ghosts in ''VideoGame/WarioLand 4'' are pretty much this... with the pointy hood style that's gone out of fashion for most other media.
* The TrueFinalBoss of ''AeroFighters 2'' is a tablecloth ghost.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' does this twice. Once with a green bedsheet (to fit in with green ghosts) and once with regular bedsheets for a Christmas Carol parody.
* ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}'' specifically invokes this, with a ghost who, according to the narration, "looks like the classic spectre" that comes out of the sky and kills you.
* A sort of one-time deal so far: VideoGame/{{Kirby}} can get a "Ghost" ability in ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' (it has to be unlocked though). He basically takes on this kind of appearance and can possess enemies. It looks silly on him but also cute.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Jumper}} Jumper Three]]'', a ghost bedsheet is one of the buyable clothes for Ogmo in stage 2-5.
* One of the minigames in ''[[VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Rhythm Tengoku]]'' has you shooting at bedsheet ghosts with a bow and arrow. The DS sequel has them playing in a rock band.
* Zepheniah Mann of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' haunts the map Harvest in this form, with a jaunty little ghostly...er, Ghastly Gibus on his incorporeal head. As part of a RunningGag (Valve's attempts at injecting horror into [=TF2=] are all StylisticSuck), the player characters are absolutely ''terrified'' of him, [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl screaming]] and dropping their weapons for five seconds if he gets too close.
** In the 2013 Halloween Event, all players have the potential to become bedsheet ghosts (who can only move around and moan "Boo!") should they die in Helltower once Redmond or Blutarch reaches the end of the payload race and open the portal to the afterlife.
* The pet sites VideoGame/CelestialVale and VideoGame/ValleyOfUnicorns have a unicorn in a bedsheet ghost costume as a limited-edition pet.
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[[folder: Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Mad once dressed up as this for Halloween.
* In ''BearShark'', both the bear and shark disguise themselves like this to escape from a real ghost.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Creator/ImprovEverywhere'': (Rather affable) Bedsheet Ghosts [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKB7zfopiUA haunt the New York Public Library]]. Then the Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} chase them away!
* In the HalloweenEpisode of LoadingReadyRun's ''WebVideo/CommodoreHustle'', "Roll For Treats", Tally dresses up as a bedsheet ghost to go trick-or-treating with her boyfriend Jer, masquerading as his young son.
* One Italian cartoonist [[http://www.cartunista.com.br/assombracoes.html noticed]] a potential problem with this.
* ''[[http://shirtoid.com/52061/scorched/ Scorched]]'' by Glenn Jones is about the ghost bedsheet maintenance issues.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Mort from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. He [[VoluntaryShapeshifting takes the form]] of whatever he thinks is likely to scare his latest victim, and uses the default translucent "bedsheet phantasm" appearance as a sort of indication that he's in "friendly ghost" mode ever since Antimony pointed out that no one's been scared of the linen apparition since they went from burial shrouds to bedsheets. A flashback episode to [[spoiler: his death]] reveals that [[spoiler: he chose the look because "If I'm a ghost, I suppose I better look the part. I dressed up as a ghost once. With a bedsheet and everything!"]]
* Paul ([[CatchPhrase who is a ghost]]) from ''PicturesForSadChildren''. He actually has JacobMarleyApparel (and he's oddly physical, to boot), but he wears a bedsheet over it because he [[http://www.picturesforsadchildren.com/index.php?comicID=2 "wanted to look ghosty". He is, after all, also a little kid]].
* The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ghost Wizard]] from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' looks like this... with a white mustache and a wizard's cap.
* [[http://chainsawsuit.com/2008/06/25/strip-18/ This]] strip of ''Webcomic/{{Chainsawsuit}}''.
* Great-Aunt Pneuma from ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'' shows up like this.
* ''TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': The ghost from [[http://nonadventures.com/2011/10/22/you-cant-always-get-what-you-haunt/ "You Can't Always Get What You HAUNT"]].
-->'''Wonderella:''' Dude, you're a sheet with some holes in it! Were you ''Hasidic'' or something?
* In ''BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001031c Roll goes for the classic Halloween costume.]]
* In ''SquidRow'', Randie did several portraits of herself as a bedsheet ghost with a blond wig.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': This is Charlie Brown's favorite Halloween costume in ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown''. Of course, being Charlie Brown, he naturally ''botches'' said costume with too many eye holes, as Linus did in the actual comic strip.
** Oddly enough, these holes are all rendered as black dots of ghostly nothingness rather than simply showing whatever part of him or his regular clothes that's underneath.
** Most of the other kids' costumes are also bedsheet ghosts, with the exception of a few who wear masks on top of bedsheet-ghost outfits.
* One of Vlad's bad clones of WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom looks like a Bedsheet Ghost... because the sheet covers up its horrifying mutations (like the fact that it has no ''legs'', or ''skin'').
** Also, Danny tried pulling off the Bedsheet Ghost look during ''Fright Night''. The same episode gave us this nice exchange:
--->'''Tucker:''' Nice costume, dude! Are those flaming bedsheets?
--->'''Fright Knight:''' Flaming bedsheets '''''of death!'''''
* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has the episode "Halloween Bash", a ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself episode with a {{Muggle}}[=/=]Magical Being party. Two Normals show up, dressed as Bedsheet Ghosts, and are annoyed to see how many of the other "costumes" are so much better than theirs. Even after the Dragon Council removed Jake's "costume", they were still regarded as the lamest ones.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Here Comes the Neighborhood", the townsfolk wish to drive the rich people (who just happen to all be black) out of town, so they figure what scares rich people? Ghosts. They then dress up as bedsheet ghosts and wind up looking like TheKlan. There was some kind of message in that but I really don't know what it was.
** Same thing happened in "Pink Eye" from the first season, when Principal Victoria sees Cartman dressed as Hitler and thinks a Bedsheet Ghost would be a less controversial costume. Er, not so much.
--->'''Cartman:''' Wow, Chef must be really scared of ghosts!
* In the episode "Scaredy Pants", WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants tries to go as the FlyingDutchman and scare everybody, but his costume consists of a sheet and wooden clogs. Because of his square shape, everyone called him a "haunted mattress", so he asks Patrick to shave his head down to a round shape. He goes to the Halloween party and almost gets away with scaring all his friends, but he is found out eventually. Just then the ''real'' Flying Dutchman arrives and, insulted by such a pathetic impersonation, unmasks him. He takes one look at him and runs screaming into the night, followed by everyone else, and eventually Patrick. Seems [=SpongeBob=] has been sheared down until there was nothing left but his ''brain''.
** "It grows back!"
* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' Halloween special featured the "laugh at the bedsheet ghost, oh no there's nothing under the sheet!" scenario, as well as a few variations where other monsters dressed up as bedsheet ghosts.
* Bulkhead from ''TransformersAnimated'' had this as a Halloween costume, but, being a giant robot, the only "bedsheet" that fit turned out to be a fumigation tent.
* In Creator/ChuckJones' ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Claws for Alarm", Sylvester is frightened by a bunch of mice disguised as one of these.
* In the made-for-TV movie ''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yogi's Great Escape]]'', Yogi dresses up as a Bedsheet Ghost to scare away the trapper who's after him. The trapper even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this: "Here comes some uninvited laundry!" Later on, a ''real'' bedsheet-like ghost shows up, and of course gets MistakenForAnImposter. The trapper pulls off the "bedsheet" to see who's underneath... and there is nothing there, except for a small point of light which vanishes, at which point the trapper is attacked by the now-invisible ghost which then proceeds to re-materialize another bedsheet around itself.
* An episode of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' had Beezy being haunted by one. Its sheet is eventually removed, revealing a body of pizza crusts.
* High-Five Ghost and his family in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. Then it gets...odd when Mordecai and Rigby are turned into ghosts, and they just look like themselves, with a ghostly squiggle instead of legs.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "The Forest of Magi Oar", the Thunderkittens tease Cheetara when she reports feeling the presence of spirits, by playing at being ghosts under a tent canvas. While stumbling under it, they knock their heads together.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou!'', one of the projections used to scare the gang is one of a Bedsheet Ghost.
* ''{{Duckman}}'' has a surprise cameo from the last person you would expect pulling this. [[spoiler: [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]].]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' has the chipmunks do this to a person claiming to be their uncle but was really using them to make money and pay off a debt.
** Then in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'', J.P. Lester is an actual bedsheet ghost haunting Chesley Estate.
* In the Season 4 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Dean Venture attempts to dress as one of these as a "spooky" costume, because he's unable to find Goth clothing to impress Triana. The following events actually cause him to be confused for a Klan member.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/AlbertTheFifthMusketeer'' episode "Ghost You Said?"
* ''MaggieAndTheFerociousBeast'': "Three Little Ghosts".
* ''TheNewAdventures of Madeline'' featured an episode where Madeline and her sisters entered a haunted castle where some of the girls dress up as ghosts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow'' episode "Groovy Ghosts", Archie and his friends want to use an old abandoned house as a clubhouse, but Reggie tries to scare them away by making them think the house is haunted. Instead of wearing a sheet, Reggie attaches strings to a sheet to make it move around like a puppet. Archie plays it straight when he scares Reggie.
* The titular characters of ''The Spooks of BottleBay''.
* An episode of ''SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' featured a YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode where Aunt Zelda as the ghost of Christmas present was dressed as one of these.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter's goldfish dies and comes back as a ghost to haunt him. When trying to hunt the ghost using ghost equipment, Dee Dee appears wearing a sheet, causing Dexter to mistake her for a ghost and attack her. When he asks her what she is doing, Dee Dee says she wanted to scare the ghost by dressing up as a ghost.
* A HalloweenEpisode of ''AtomicBetty'' features Betty wearing a ghost costume while trying to film a movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': In "Too Young", Finn and Princess Bubblegum stage a 'prank' on Earl Lemongrab by dressing up as bedsheet ghosts, running up to Lemongrab and punching him in the stomach.
* ''WhatAboutMimi'': In "Our Little Einstein", Mimi, along with her older brother Jason, does this to scare her little brother Bradley into going to a private school for gifted kids. This fails, however, due to the fact that Jason can't see where he is going while carrying Mimi, causing him to trip and make the sheet that they were wearing to fall off.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': Bugs disguises himself as a bedsheet ghost in an attempt to scare Sam out of his house in "Fish and Visitors".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popples}}'': In "Backyard Adventure", it is one of the popples trying to scare the others.
** In "Poppin' Pillow Talk", Bonnie wears a ghost costume to scare her brother for scaring her earlier.
* A HalloweenEpisode of TimmyTime has Timmy's friends do this to scare him.
* ''TheWuzzles'': In "What's Up, Stox?" when they fail to raise enough money to buy real costumes, they settle for this.
** In "Ghostrustlers", Croc's {{Mooks}} disguise themselves as a ghost to scare the wuzzles away. It didn't fool Bumblelion. Later on when real ghosts start to appear, Hoppopotamus covers herself in a sheet to lure a ghost into a trap. However she gets caught in the trap herself.
* In one episode of ''TheAmazingAdrenaliniBrothers'', both Adi and Enk dress up like this to scare Xan. They get help from actual ghosts.
* Used in various episodes of ''The Little Lulu Show''. Either by Lulu or Tubby and his friends.
* A Halloween episode in ''KingOfTheHill'' when the church outlaws Trick or Treating and Hank and his neighbors rally up to bring Halloween back. Bill comes as a ghost, but accidentally torn his sheet, but instantly becomes a toga.
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