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Spooky Scary Skeletons


What does Spooky Scary Skeletons mean?

Spooky Scary Skeletons is a song that becomes popular around October each year. It’s also a meme that includes skeletons in various forms appearing in conjunction with the song or the song’s lyrics.

Where does Spooky Scary Skeletons come from?

Spooky Scary Skeletons
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Spooky Scary Skeletons is the title of a 1996 children’s Halloween song by Andrew Gold. It appeared on the album “Andrew Gold’s Halloween Howls.” On May 5, 2010, a video of the 1929 Disney cartoon “The Skeleton Dance” with the Spooky Scary Skeletons playing in the background was uploaded to YouTube. At some point, the characters from this clip became a permanent part of the meme.

On February 24, 2013, the video “2spooky4me” was uploaded to YouTube. The video includes a person in all black with a pumpkin on their head dancing along to the song. This person is now associated with the meme. It should also be noted that the phrase 2spooky4me and its association with the meme predate this video. On October 31, 2013, popular YouTuber and musician, The Living Tombstone, uploaded a remix of the original song. By 2017, it had over 45 million views. The song is also wildly popular outside of YouTube. A version posted on Tumblr has over 481,000 notes.

It’s not known exactly why, but the meme became more popular than it ever had been in September and October of 2014. It might be because of its modest success in 2013 and the fact that in 2014, the buildup had already happened, giving users a chance to become familiar with the meme. It could also be because The Living Tombstone reached a wider audience by that point. Or, alternatively, his song itself is what took the meme to the next level, as it appears alongside the skeletons. Whatever it was, 2014 was the year that ensured the meme would be a hit in subsequent years.

Examples of Spooky Scary Skeletons

“IT’S TIME!! [Spooky Scary Skeletons GIF] #Halloween #spooky scary skeletons #spooky #scary #skeletons #october #midnight #yasssss”
crystal-gems-stuff Tumblr (September 30, 2016)
“[Spooky Scary Skeletons GIF] skelefun #SPOOKY SCARY SKELETONS”
withnails Tumblr (August 31, 2013)
“spooky scary skeletons / bOo! did u get a fright / 2spooky [Spooky Scary Skeletons image]”
frillcrossing Tumblr (October 9, 2014)

Who uses Spooky Scary Skeletons?

Spooky Scary Skeletons is a seasonal meme. Because the original song is meant for Halloween, the meme usually pops back up around October each year. GIFs of “The Skeleton Dance” are a common sight around this time, and the song itself (and remixes) enjoy heightened popularity. The lyrics themselves may also accompany Halloween-related posts, especially those including skeletons. Any image of skeletons is also popular during this time. These might be props, animations, drawings, or costumes. The phrase 2spooky4me or 2spooky is also sometimes associated with the meme

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