Spooky Scary Skeletons
[ spoo-kee skair-ee skel-i-tns ]
Where does Spooky Scary Skeletons come from?
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 dancer became part of the meme as well.
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. A version posted on Tumblr had over 481,000 notes at one point.
It’s not known exactly why, but the meme became more popular than ever in September and October of 2014. It might be that the modest success of 2013 allowed it to reach new heights, since users were already familiar with the meme. It could be because The Living Tombstone song reached a wider audience by that point. Whatever the reason, 2014 was the year that ensured the meme would continue to be a hit in subsequent years.
Examples of Spooky Scary Skeletons
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.
When Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you’re already decorating for Christmas but spooky scary skeletons comes on
— 🏳️🌈Reign (@PinkAmy10) November 22, 2018
GIFs of “The Skeleton Dance” are a common sight around this time, and the song itself (and remixes) enjoys heightened popularity.
Sometimes you just gotta roll your car window down after a long day at work and blast spooky scary skeletons so your coworker can laugh about it one spot over hehe 🎃
— espurr (@Catlockian) October 2, 2020
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.
We're so sorry skeletons
You're so misunderstood
You only want to socialize
But I don't think we should
Cause spooky scary skeletons
Shout startling shrilly screams
They'll sneak from their sarcophagus
And just won't leave you be pic.twitter.com/rHNEcKUNGY
— Spooky Scary Skeletons send shivers (@Lucinda_Faewild) October 2, 2020
The phrase 2spooky4me or 2spooky is also sometimes associated with the meme.
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