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It’s Halloween time again. It seems like this year Halloween has made a resurgence in popularity. I have noticed more Halloween parties, more TV shows with a Halloween theme and of course a chance to replay all those scary Halloween movies.

When I was growing up it was popular to dress up as a ghost or witch or some other monster. Today it seems more children dress up as fairies, firefighters or “gangstas”. Even Trick or Treat has changed. Today most T & T is done as a supervised activity. I guess it is just a sign of the times.

The Halloween tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. The day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the long, cold winter.

But Halloween is still a fun event that has also become a commercial success. Nearly 25% of all candy purchased in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween. Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second-largest commercial holiday after Christmas.

Halloween has also prompted the composing of many popular songs. To that end, I decide to post up a popular Halloween themed song. But which one?

The most popular is undoubtedly Thriller by Michael Jackson. The theme song to the movie Halloween by John Carpenter was also a consideration. But then I found a great video of an oldie from 1962. So to celebrate Halloween 2019 I chose The Monster Mash.

The "Monster Mash" released as a single in August 1962 reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1962. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.

Check out this great oldie by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and introduced by none other than Dick Clark.



Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix & Scottsdale metro area. You can find more great information by visiting his website at www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com.

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ah, The Monster Mash, and American Bandstand. . .Those were the days!

Oct 29, 2019 12:24 PM #1
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
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Great Halloween post! It was a "graveyard smash." 
Doesn't Bobby Pickett's facial expressions remind of Jim Carrey.

Oct 29, 2019 04:50 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- Halloween has changed a lot since I was a kid. We'd go for blocks seeking out as much candy as we could get. And back in those days, the neighbors we knew would give us homemade popcorn balls and homemade candy. 

Oct 29, 2019 07:09 PM #3
Candice A. Donofrio
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It's now the MASH!
I love that video particularly, BBP's facial expressions are PRICELESS!

Oct 30, 2019 07:18 AM #4
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