Jonathan Barnavelt is a creepy, middle-aged man who lives in a creepy, haunted mansion. Mannequins walk. Chairs move. Paintings dance. And let’s not forget the lion-shaped shrubbery, which sails around the house at will.
He’s also now the father figure to his nephew, Lewis Barnavelt, whose parents died in an automobile accident and who has been given the unfortunate task of living in this spooky place.
That’s OK, though, because this is a “friendly” haunted house. At least that’s what Jonathan says. He’s a “good” warlock who – along with his platonic friendly witch associate Florence – fights off the evil spirits. Everything will be OK!