Since current word is an old, departed friend with slight issues in hanging on to his head might return for the Mansion's fortieth, I thought wouldn't it be neat if he brought along some new friends to join the swinging wake?
What I picture are figures sculpted and executed in the exact same style as the original, but brand new characters, merely added in to the existing ride vignettes and scenes as if they have newly arrived at the Mansion, or in fact, were always there, and just became visible to us foolish mortals.
One I would like to see very much would be in the ballroom, a ghostly, portly chef figure in whites with a rolling service tray, on it a silver serving platter a turkey or other bird skeleton...he would move along the table, behind the row of chairs nearest the wall, before vanishing with the rest of the ghosts. Another ballroom spectre could be a thin, well-dressed figure with a slightly demonic face, off to the side of the pipe organ, playing the violin in time with the music. A elderly man could join the woman sewing, perhaps smoking a pipe contentedly.
As for the graveyard, a few new faces could enter from historical periods, perhaps drawing inspiration from the Marc Davis mariner painting in Florida, a old sailor dripping with seaweed and dressed in nautical uniform joining the tea party, a British explorer, again, partially like the Marc Davis concept, with the pith helmet and large mustache, gun slung over shoulder, joining the opera singers, the executioner, and the headless knight. I would also like to see the return of just one of the Attic pop up heads, perhaps right when you first enter the scene, with original scream sound effect. These additions I feel would be very fitting to the ride, and a way to update it with new characters and freshen it while not removing any previous gags, and staying true to the tone of the ride. The casual guest may or may not notice right away the new figures, and it would be a nice nod and treat for the Mansion and park devotees.