Every generation has a Halloween meme that exists somewhere in the Venn diagram of weird, scary, and vaguely horny. Pumpkins in close second. An second segment of the song has been featured in about 2. Nonetheless, it officially entered the pantheons of pop culture history when it was selected as the theme song for the s sitcom The Golden Girls, where it can be heard on TV Land reruns to this day. That version was performed not by Gold, but by jingle singer Cynthia Fee. It also has the unique distinction of being one of the few Halloween novelty songs to prominently feature the very un-Halloween-y xylophone midi sound effect. To date, the video has racked up more than 34 million views, and it has been credited as integral to the popularization of the skeleton subculture and the overall spooky aesthetic. Over the next few years, it was primarily used in video gameplay animations, as well as the aforementioned pumpkinhead dance video.
Spooky Scary Skeletons
Spooky season is finally upon us, and with it comes pumpkin spice-flavored everything, 31 Nights of Halloween on Freeform, and, of course, costume-planning. Halloweenies everywhere should rejoice, because not only is it an objective bop— there's also an accompanying skeletal boogie-down. Originally called "The Skeleton Dance," it was featured in one of Walt Disney's Silly Symphony animated shorts, which was produced by Disney himself and animated by famed special effects technician Ub Iwerks. A video of that version has been viewed over 30 million times on YouTube. A techno-remix of Gold's song is what's going viral on TikTok right now, but as Paper Mag points out, it was first popularized in YouTube gamer culture. A TikToker with over , followers named Maddi Winter has one of the most creative skeleton videos to date, with over 3 million likes. She spent 12 hours producing her version of the shuffle dance, claiming to have "hand-drawn" over the clip of her dancing. There's tons of other great ones out there, too. Some even break down, in slow motion, how to do the shuffle.
Where people listen
The band played two songs for the crowd of children. In the musical pantheon, there are relatively few Halloween pop hits. The song has a robust vocabulary for a track aimed at kids. A typical verse goes:. Craig Schweitzer, credited with mastering the album, is now a pastor in Bismarck, North Dakota, and said he had little memory of the project. It even has its own dance, created by user minecrafter There are, as of now, 2,, posts on TikTok featuring the track, and if you need help with the dance, you can find plenty of tutorials on YouTube. In , TJ Ski tried finding the segment online and came up short. When Gold plays the xylophone on the track, the cartoon skeletons play their ribs in similar fashion.
The song "Spooky, Scary Skeletons," performed originally by Andrew Gold back in , has been a meme for years, with its origins in YouTube gamer culture. One example of an early viral video featuring the track is this remix video focusing on Minecraft characters breaking out pixelated dance moves to the beat of the song. Every year the song experiences a resurgence in popularity as Halloween approaches, and every year it gets added to Halloween party playlists across the country, second only to the "Monster Mash. TikTokers around the world are busting out their best skeleton makeup and dance moves to follow a trend that involves a an LMFAO-esque shuffle dance and a whole lot of spooky after effects. Maddi Winter popularized the trend after spending 12 hours producing her own version of the dance, complete with "hand-drawn" frames over top of her dancing to the song. Winter's video is a testament to what's possible on the lip-syncing app whose user base is growing exponentially by the day — it's beyond a Vine 2. There are new versions and attempts at the dance being posted so constantly that it's almost hard to keep up — that's why PAPER has put together a collection of takes on the "Spooky, Scary Skeletons" trend for your viewing pleasure. Happy Halloween, a whole two months early.