Bayport citizens are wild about the Merchant Association's new Halloween mystery contest. The prizes for winning include DVD players, a classic motorcycle, a boat, and even flying lessons! It's sure to be the biggest social event of the fall season. When big prizes are up for grabs, though, some people will do anything to win -- and it's up to the Hardys to keep the competition honest.
As they try to keep things in line, the Hardy boys and their friends contend with spooky settings, fright-masked bandits, a chase through the Halloween parade, and a horror movie star with secrets "buried" in his past. Soon it looks like the bad guys have this contest in the bag. Fortunately, the good guys -- Frank and Joe -- still have a few tricks left!