There is a lingering idea in our culture that animation=children’s entertainment. As well as being a risky mental shortcut for harried parents—there is a TV room someplace at this very moment where little Horace and little Jocasta are being babysat by Bojack Horseman—the stigma that treats animation as an entertainment for infant brains pushes adults away from watching some pretty incredible art.
Hallowe’en is too busy begging strangers for candy and appeasing the dead to have developed a huge musical tradition like that other holiday with the cherubs and the tinsel and stuff. It has one song, and it’s a legend. Here’s a playlist of 14 versions of Monster Mash. Let’s dance.