The original concept sketch for the character was done by Marc Davis, depicting a smiling “sheet ghost” with no clothing aside from a bowler hat. The character evolved, from sketch and miniature model form, to a fully-clothed ghost that resembles a dessicated, emaciated corpse, with a different style of hat (although he is still depicted wearing the bowler hat in merchandise items). Blaine Gibson sculpted the figure and it was costumed by Alice Davis.
In the rides
The Haunted Mansion
The Skeleton Hitchhiker appears at the very end of the Haunted Mansion in the Mausoleum where he is shown hitchhiking alongside the Traveler and the Prisoner and directly following he can be seen in the reflection of the guest's Doom-Buggy preparing to follow them home until they return to help fill the Mansion's quota.
A counterpart to the Skeleton with the same head mould as Ezra shows up as a ticket-master in Phantom Canyon, offering passes for the local ghost train. Fans and cast members have frequently dubbed this character "Ezra" as well.
House of Mouse
In the House of Mouse episode House of Ghosts, he and the other Hitchhiking Ghosts perform Grim Grinning Ghosts to scare Peg-Leg Pete.
In the Ghost Post interactive game, he is referred to as Ezra and can be heard on the Phantom Radio along with Phineas and Gus. He is voiced by Pete Renoudet, who played the Ghost Host in the album The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion.
Disney Crossy Roads
In the mobile game Disney Crossy Road, he is given the name Ezra Beane.
- In concept art by Marc Davis he was depicted as a sheet ghost with a bowler hat
- In cartoons, posters and merchandise he is shown to have a round bowler hat which is replaced with a different kind in the final attraction.
- He shares the same head mould as the Hatbox Ghost, several pop up ghosts and some of the family portraits.
- In DisneyWorld he was given a suitcase which has luggage stickers for Florida (where DisneyWorld is found), Hong Kong (where Mystic Manor is found), and Anaheim with a giant number 13 on it (where the original Haunted Mansion is, Disneyland's address is 1313 Disneyland Drive as a reference to Mickey Mouse).