Saturday Night Live‘s David S. Pumpkins — the bizarre Tom Hanks character that went viral last year — is returning to NBC for a Halloween-themed animated half-hour special.
Set for Saturday, October 28 at 11:30 PM ET/PT, The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special is based on the popular “Haunted Elevator” sketch from the October 22, 2016 SNL episode. The sketch featured a pumpkin-suited Hanks as mystery man David S. Pumpkins, on an elevator with two skeleton-dressed dancers played by Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan.
For the upcoming animated special, Hanks will be joined by the original cast as well as Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, 48.
The story will apparently follow David Pumpkins and his two skeletons sidekicks as they show some suburban children the true meaning of Halloween.
‘It’s scary how quickly the original SNL sketch caught on, and we’re thrilled that Tom Hanks is back to keep the fun going,’ said NBC executive George Cheeks.
In addition to being a hit on television, the skit also garnered more than 8.5 million hits on YouTube.