Scaredy Cats
Scaredy Cats
Comic: "House Of A Thousand Nightmares" (click for full size)
Number of Comics 13
Dates Published October 4th - November 1st 2010
Featured Character(s)
Maxwell, Marvin, Sabrina
Previous Arc
Movie Night
Following Arc
Noob Tube

Scaredy Cats is the 36th arc in Housepets!.

This arc establishes that Sabrina D'Angelo is an ex-girlfriend of Maxwell. It also establishes Sabrina's paranormal powers, something hinted at when she was first shown with Tarot in the arc Oops I Arced.

Characters Edit

Story Edit

Maxwell challenges Marvin on Halloween to stay in an abandoned mansion overnight. If either one of them, or any of their recruited assistants, runs away before dawn, they lose the challenge. Marvin recruits Zach and his animal friends from the forest, though it's clear Zach may not be up to the challenge. Max recruits Grape and the Bigglesworths, but he wants a backup plan in case their "Hall of Mirrors" trick doesn't work.

When Grape suggests utilizing Tarot, Max disagrees because when he sees Tarot's work, he thinks of Stephen King, which may backfire. Tarot offers her assistant, Sabrina, but Max balks again because Sabrina is his ex-girlfriend. That alone is enough for Grape to demand she tag along. Unfortunately, Sabrina detects absolutely no paranormal activity at the abandoned mansion.

As night falls, the contestants enter the mansion. Marvin tries to get Zach to check on their animals again, but the rabbit doesn't want to split up, so Zach does it himself. Max tries to show Zach to their room, but certain it's booby-trapped, he stays behind in the foyer alone. Soon he explores the mansion, and comes across a room where five of the Mr. Bigglesworth cats, disguised as ghosts, claim Zach killed them. Zach faints, but the Bigglesworths aren't sure if that counts the same as fleeing the mansion.

Marvin finds Zach unconscious, but can't leave the mansion to get smelling salts, so he's stuck alone for the rest of the night. Max, however, is also alone as Grape has already fallen asleep. Sabrina, thinking her ex-boyfriend is too full of himself, summons a ghost, Spookmaster, to teach him a lesson. She bluntly insists that he is not to be physically harmed. Spookmaster agrees, mainly because Sabrina can make bold text on an Ouija board.

As Max roams the mansion, he opens a glowing door, thinking it's Marvin's trick. He is grabbed by a burly pair of glowing arms, and sent across a terrifying set of imagery of decrepit creatures...

Sitting alone
Inside your dark home
Surrounding yourself with plenty

You don't stop and think
In the space of a blink
What if it's taken away?

Snatched from your hand like a candle-lit flame
You won't be prepared when they all shout your name

Close yourself off while your life is unfurled
Don't think of death or the end of the world

Don't give an ear to the quietest fear of all
Should you be unprepared for the barrier to fall

Shut out the light, shut out the light
Shatter the glass, shout at the night

Eventually, Max is thrown out of the room, stunned. When a couple of the forest animals try to spook him with rudimentary ghost outfits, he screams in terror.

The next morning, Maxwell has lost, and admits to Marvin that he's chicken. Sabrina proceeds to taunt him, bidding him not to succumb to the night terrors. He apologizes to Grape for being a coward, but she says it's okay, because she had no faith in his bravado in the first place.


  • First appearance of the What Chicken running gag.
  • Sabrina is revealed to be a psychic-in-training, learning under Tarot.
  • We learn that Sabrina and Max used to date in the past.


  • Zach's "Ghost Protection" wear includes a Ghostbusters Jumpsuit & Photon Pack, heat-vision goggles, Joss paper, a carton of Holy Water and a necklace of garlic.

Story Arcs
Imaginate! | The Game | Cat Tail | The Raccoons | The Adventures of Spot | Fido's Return
| Mouse Mouse Revolution | Thematic Arc of Questionable Quality | The Zoo | The Grove |
Housepets Christmas | The Yarn Ball |
The Further Adventures of Spot | The Vet | A Mouse Named Spo | Zap! | Fall of the Pridelands |
The Continuing Adventures of Spot | A Sinister Shadow | Roadtrip Woo | Down At The Farm |
Money Sharks | n-ple Date | The Uncanny Adventures of Spot | The Visitor | Oops I Arced |
It's A Wonderful Dog's Life (All the King's Men) |
Ocean's Two | Imaginate, Too! | The Present | Spot McCloud Presents Comics |
Dog Days of Summer | Theme Park World | The Adventures of Stripe | Movie Night |
Scaredy Cats | Noob Tube | Hope of the Pridelands |
We're Snowed In! | The Preeminent Adventures of Spot | The Arc Specifically About Being Naked |
Not All Dogs | The Great Water Balloon War | Let's Imaginate Macbeth! | The Interview |
The Case of the Aztec Gold | A Respite In The Country | Spots and Stripes | A Holiday at the Zoo |
Housepets Babies! | Show Business | What Money Buys | The Mall |
The Critical Review of Spot | The Trial in Heaven | Let's Imaginate Guys and Dolls! |
Testing Grounds | Taking Cover | PsyCon | Getting Physical | PsyCon2: PsyConner |
The Retroactively Continuous Adventures of Spot | Temple Crashers |
All Hallow's Ween | The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Dog |
One Cat's Treasure | Love And War | Jack of One Trade | The King And I |
Jungle Fever | Yes, Jessica, There Is An Opener Of Ways |
Let's Imaginate And Then There Were None! | What's The Story? |
Tiger's Very Own Super Special Television Show! |
Heaven's Not Enough, Part 1 | The Interlude of Spot | Heaven's Not Enough, Part 2 |
The Ineptitude of Spot | Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3 | I Need A Vacation
All Hallow's Ween: Resurrection | Rabbit's Foot | Pageantate! |
Maternal Instinct | Wolf's Clothing | Ea(s)ter | The Future of Tomorrow, Today! |
All's Fair, Part 1 | The Plot Against Spot | All's Fair, Part 2 |
Housepets 5000 BC, Part 1 | Housepets 5000 BC, Part 2 | Housepets 5000 BC, Part 3 |
Special Delivery |
The Spot-tacular Spot | Flip That Den! | Fort Pillow |
The 4 Animals You Meet In Heaven |
Puppy Power | Real Stories of the K9PD | Snow Joke |
Save the Date, Part 1 | Save the Date, Part 2 |
Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crashers, Part 1 | Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crashers, Part 2 |
Temple Crashers 2: 2 Temple 2 Crashers (Part 3) | Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crasherser (Part 4) | Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crash (Part 5) | Temple Crashers 2: First Blood Part 6 |
Temple Crashers 2: Oops (Part 7) | Temple Crashers 2: Final Crashers (Part 8) |
Temple Crashers 2: Epilogue Crashers (Part 9) | Call o' th' Wild |
Directed To Video | The Hot Springs Episode | Hot Springs Encore |
The Maxwell Thing |