The Monster Mash on Throwback Thursday

Our Throwback Thursday series invites members to sing the praises of a classic song written by someone else! Whether it be the work of a fellow CMNer, or just a song they love, this series is a chance to shine a little light on a great, or funny, or sweet, or silly bit of music. This week, Blog Editor Alina Celeste shares a Halloween Classic.

Preparing for a Monster Mash in 1919!

I remember hearing this song as a child.  I also clearly remember my dad giving me that silly, pretend scared look that grown-ups give kids around Halloween, right before breaking into a monster-inspired dance. I have loved it ever since.

The undisputed American Halloween Anthem, Monster Mash was released in 1962. It was written by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and Lenny Capizzi. Pickett was an aspiring actor and sang in a band with Capizzi. One night he delighted the audience with his impression of Boris Karloff and a song was born. A product of the times, Monster Mash played heavily on popular trends, namely dance anthems like The Twist, and horror movies with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Somehow it transcended its “of the moment” roots to become everybody’s favorite Halloween Song. This fantastic article from BillBoard breaks it down nicely.

In a wonderfully meta twist, Boris Karloff himself was so pickled with the song that he covered it a few years after the original release!

Happy Halloween and be sure to sing the bit that everybody knows: “Monster Mash Awhooo,” until at least November 1st!