Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) live in New England in an old style farmhouse. They are so happy and content that for their vacation they are going to stay home. One day they need to run errands in town. On the way they see a dog in the road and they swerve to miss it. They land in a river and drown.
They appear back in their home and they don't realize that they are dead. Adam walks outside and thinks he's only been gone for a few minutes but it's actually been hours. They find on a table a book for the recently deceased. They start to browse through and realize they didn't survive the fall into the river.
The next day they are awoken to movement going on downstairs. People are moving in. The Deetz's have bought the house and are moving in. Delia Deetz (Catherine O'Hara) and her husband Charles (Jeffrey Jones) and their daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) are now the proud owners of an original Americana style home. One problem Delia fashions herself to be an interior decorator/artist. Her friend Otho (Glenn Shadix) is going to help her modernize the home.
The Maitland's are furious and want these people out of their house. They try to scare the Deetz's but it doesn't work. They consult the book and go to their case worker Juno (Sylvia Sidney) about what they can do. Juno tells them that they must get them out of the house but that they can't use Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) for if they do they will never get rid of him.
You guessed it they do and all hell breaks loose. This is one of the funniest horror movies ever made. Director Tim Burton has made a classic horror movie that will stand till the end of time. Robert Goulet and Dick Cavett lend a hand in the hi jinx. This is a movie you must watch before Halloween and laugh all the way to thanksgiving. Enjoy.