Monster Mash Halloween Novelty Song

Monster Mash

Monster Mash is a Graveyard Smash

Monster Mash is a 1962 novelty song made famous by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. The musician and actor had a gift for impersonating horror film icon Boris Karloff. In the song, Bobby Picket also paid tribute to Bela Lugosi. As any self respecting horror fan knows, the lyric “Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?” is an homage to the legendary star of Dracula.

Halloween’s most popular novelty song features several low-budget sound effects that hold up well today. Creaky coffin sounds were made by pulling a rusty nail from a board. A bubbling cauldron sound was created by blowing into a glass of water with a straw. Rattling chains were simulated by dropping heavy chains on a tile floor.

Bobby Pickett’s novelty song was released both as a single and as part of a full-length album, The Original Monster Mash. The latter is a compilation of monster-themed tunes that are perfect for the Halloween season. Classic horror movie fans have kept the song a Halloween tradition for more than 50 years.

Frankenstein

Starring Boris Karloff as The Monster

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They Did the Mash …

It was a rocky road to stardom. The song was rejected by every major record label. Undaunted, producer Gary Paxton jumped in his car and distributed a thousand records to every radio station he could find. Bobby Pickett’s novelty tune hit number one in just eight weeks.

Elvis Presley was unimpressed with the surprise Halloween hit. The recording superstar thought it was the most ridiculous song he’d ever heard. Boris Karloff loved it!

Monster Mash

I was working in the lab late one night …

Monster Mash Lyrics (Excerpt)

Artist: Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cryptkickers
Composed by: Bobby “Boris” Pickett and Lenny Capizzi

I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
He did the mash …

 

Monster Mash

Re-Recording by the Original Artist, Bobby “Boris” Pickett
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Monster Mash Halloween Song

Halloween Party Music

Enjoy some great Halloween party songs, including these favorites: Bad Moon Rising, Ghostbusters, I Put a Spell on You, Love Potion No. 9, Purple People Eater, Spooky, Twilight Zone Theme, and more!

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Monsters Mash Canvas Wall Art

by DiaNoche Designs

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Halloween Party Invitations

Join the fun and host your own monster bash. High-quality, full-color Halloween party invitations on Zazzle are available in many paper options and include a standard white envelope. Customize your order with colored envelopes or envelope liners.

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Bela Lugosi

Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?

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Halloween Spider Web Shirts

Halloween spider web T-shirts are available in many colors, sizes, and styles for the entire family. There are two variations of the design–one for light backgrounds and one for dark backgrounds.

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