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.
Spooky Scary Skeletons
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.
Where people listen
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.
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.