The Untold Story of “Spooky Scary Skeletons”

Plus, a grab bag of other internet Halloween treats.


Episode Notes

For this special Halloween episode, you’re in for a handful of treats. Rachelle and Madison reveal their Halloween costumes and talk about what scares and bugs them on the internet this spooky season. They’ll discuss listener-submitted Vines, tweets, and Tumblr posts that are iconic Halloween internet staples, including the viral song “Spooky Scary Skeletons”’ We’ll round out the episode by diving deep into the origins of “Spooky Scary Skeletons” with Victoria Gold, whose father Andrew Gold wrote the celebrated bop.

Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder, Derek John, and Samira Tazari.


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Join Rachelle Hampton twice a week as we gaze deep into the online abyss—and tell you what’s gazing back.

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  • Rachelle Hampton is a culture writer and reporter at Slate and co-host of ICYMI. Her work has appeared in the New Republic, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian Magazine, and In These Times. She still hasn't recovered from Tumblr’s demise.