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Beyond the Monster Mash: 6 Halloween Novelty Songs That Aren't Terrible

With a bit of a chill in the air and leaves changing bright hues of yellow and red (on TV, anyway, or up in Oak Creek Canyon), it's about as fall-y as you can get around these parts. And what else heralds the arrival of the season? "The Monster Mash," Bobby "Boris" Pickett's 1962 novelty tune about the creepiest party this side of a foam fiesta. Me, I love it; I once listened to it about 10 times in a row on a drive from Phoenix to Atlanta, though that might've also been the driving-through-West-Texas dementia.

But it's a little omnipresent, and it can start to grate after hearing it for the 30,000th time on Halloween. Here, then, are six tunes in a similar vein -- retro, Halloween-y, not too serious -- that should delight.

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Christopher Hassiotis