Homemade Halloween

Sunday, October 04, 2009

What year did the Halloween novelty song "Monster Mash" reach number one on the Billboard charts?

This great song written by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and Lenny Capizzi reached number one on the Billboard Charts for two weeks in 1962, and then returned to the charts in 1970 and 1973.

Do YOU remember doing the Monster Mash? Any other Halloween oriented music you remember?

Some girls performed a talent act at my school, using the Monster Mash record. They had great lighting, green, blue, red, to give a spooky dark basement lab effect, with a “mad scientist” complete with gray Einstein wig, pouring smoky liquid into the beaker and filling the stage with misty fog. I can still see it clearly, lol, and hear “I was working in my lab, late one night” and then the chorus “It was the Mash. The Monster Mash”, lol.

Why is MUSIC such a good tool for memory? I have record albums from the 60's and after not hearing them for 20 years, I played a couple of them. Not only do I remember the words to all the songs, I know WHICH song is coming next without looking at the label.

Schools should have a music director who puts lessons from every subject to music. All those dates, rules and formulas would be forever in our brains!

NEIGHBORHOOD FUN HOUSE - Did anyone in your neighborhood ever turn their garage into a Halloween fun house? The family across the street from me - TEN children - did that every year. What I remember most is being led blindfolded through the garage and having to “experience” various things. Someone stuck my hand into pot full of MONSTER BRAINS, lol. Which turned out to be cold macaroni soaked in corn oil. Slimy! Of course I screamed.

"Homemade" tricks and treats were so much better than the slick, purchsed high tech ones of today, don't you think? AND it was fun for us as kids to THINK of all the things we could create and do.

We also never bought costumes, but dreamed up and put together our own, or maybe grandma or someone sewed something.

What did you do when you were young to join in Halloween that no one went to the store and bought for you?

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    emoticon .........I agree music is a wonder learning tool. Music help keep children focused and they learn using their left and right side of the brain. I am semi-retired and teach only 2 days a week.

    More parents should use the things they find around the house and help their child make halloween costume rather than buy one in the store. It builds memories.

    2917 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/23/2009 1:57:38 PM
  • BECCIE2012
    My mother made me a homemade witch costume and I'm still a witch each year.
    2930 days ago
    Memories...Aren't they wonderful. I have never been to a haunted house. We always made our own costume, we couldn't afford store bought. I really think we had more fun than the kids do now days.
    2936 days ago
    No store bought costumes for me or my kids. I made several for grands. No fancy pumpkins, either. Just cut out eyes, nose and mouth and stick a candle in it. Treat bags? Grab a paper sack and go! In my day we didn't have to worry about homemade treats being poisoned and the kids loved to come to my house where they got homemade fudge.

    2936 days ago
  • KOOCH4
    Lovely , blog , KAREN!

    Thanks, brought back so many good memories.
    We also always made our own costumes or went to the goodwill and picked out what we wanted, never had a store bought costume, I did the same for my kids and now they do the same for the grandkids and it,s so much more fun.
    I always loved and still do , The Monster Mash.
    Carol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2936 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/4/2009 10:33:58 AM
    Great blog. Speaking of music, I agree with you totally! I remember when my granddaughter was in 5th grade and struggling with her Spanish. She was learning the days of the week, so I sat her down and told her my trick for learning things that are hard for me. I told her when I was in high school, I found it very difficult to concentrate on history (my least favorite subject) so when I knew we had to study for a test, I made a song of it. While being tested, I would sing that song to myself and usually got a good grade. To this day, if I need to know which words are prepositions, I sing that old song. Well we sat down and made up a song about her Spanish words, and when she got home, she called me and told me she passed and only reversed two words.

    So I agree, music calms the soul (except this rap the kids listen to).

    I too remember the monster mash, that is the year I graduated high school! Store bought costumes, NEVER. We would always make up our costumes, grab our pillowcase and off we'd go.

    Good memories, thanks! emoticon
    2937 days ago
  • 10285115CS
    We also never bought costumes we had to make our own.
    2937 days ago
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