Halloween, a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, marks the beginning of the Western Christian season of remembrance known as Allhallowtide – comprised of Halloween, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, it is traditionally a time to remember the dead.
Then in 1962 an enterprising young singer-songwriter named Bobby Pickett wrote and recorded a catchy parody single called “The Monster Mash” which topped the US Billboard singles chart that Halloween. What followed appears to be either some kind of mass hysteria or collective social malaise, as ever since the entire world has associated an otherwise little known Christian Festival with werewolves, pumpkins and witch costumes made out of bin bags.
This group insanity is our topic this week – as with all popular culture phenomena, Halloween has spawned a great number of tributes in the form of song. So, prepare to be scared silly as we shake, rattle (our chains) and roll our way through the spookiest hits thus far conceived by humankind.
Also in this horrifying episode Bill gives a detailed history of his admittedly limited Halloween costume wardrobe, Carl embarrasses himself by getting Ghostbusters confused with Die Hard, and Tim drops the terrifying bombshell that he is a previous winner of an international singing contest.
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