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Munsters Monster Mash Line Dance How To

Posted on by Holly Collins

Do you love Halloween? I do. I love finding monster line dances for the Halloween season. The monster mash is a great Halloween line dance. What princess of the night would fit the mash, the monster mash?  Lily Munster for a Munsters monster mash line Dance how to.


The Munsters were 1960’s TV monster family. This popular sitcom featured a loveable family of monsters living at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. The family was cross cultural, including Frankenstein, werewolves, witches, and Vampires.  Lily Muster was the daughter of Count Dracula, making her a vampire princess.

Monster Mash History:

The monster mash is a popular Halloween song created by Bobby “Boris” Pickett in 1962. Mr. Pickett loved B grade horror films, and the mash became a graveyard smash and has been haunting Halloween playlists since. Except in the UK, The monster mash was banned until 1973 for the line “graveyard smash” as being too racy.

Line Dance:

Our line dance uses many popular 60’s dance moves. Pieces include the mashed potato, the twist, grapevines, and monster points. Take a dance adventure back in time to the 60’s with the monster mash.

Munsters Monster Mash Line Dance How To:

Begin to the lyrics “working in the Lab, late one night” holding two test tubes and pour back and forth. “My eyes beheld”, point at your eyes. “An Eerie sight” Jazz hands high and bring them down. “our monster began to rise” hands low to shoulder height like Frankenstein.

Line dance portion
  1. Swim/mashed potato
    Four step taps right and left while swimming arms forward for 8 counts.
  2. Twist
    Twist right and left going down and up for 8 counts
  3. Repeat Swim 8 counts.
  4. Repeat Twist for 8 counts.
  5. Awooooo- Right hand.
    Split weight across both feet point right hand across to left side and pull back to right side for 8 counts.
  6. Awoooo – Left hand.
    Split weight across both feet point left hand across to right side and pull back to right Left for 8 counts.
  7. Grapevine Right
    Side right foot, cross left foot behind, side right foot, tap left foot next to right foot.
  8. Grapevine Left
    Side left foot, cross right foot behind, side left foot, tap right foot next to left foot.
  9. Jump turning 1/4 left
    Jump while turning ¼ to the left, 1,2,3,4 and shimmy 5,6,7,8
  10. Repeat from the top.
  11. On the 3rd repeat there Is a bridge where your repeat the Awooo section again.
  12. Repeat until the end.
Fun Munsters Facts

Researching the Munsters was fun. I found out many fun facts. The Munster’s costumes were based off universal studio’s monster movies. Sharing the same parent company gave then the rights to the movie monsters. Their house was a second empire Victorian house. It could be seen as a backdrop on many shows, like Leave It To Beaver, Shirley,(NBC, 1979–80) and Coach. After a remodel, it even was used in Desperate Housewives.

The interior shots were on a soundstage. Lily Munster enjoyed “dusting” the mansion with a Electrolux vacuum that spat out more dust than it piked up. Kenneth Strickfaden who build Frankenstein’s set also built Grandpa’s laboratory.

The Munster’s had two iconic cars. The first was the Munster Koach. Lily commissioned a dragster and a model T ford to be combined to chauffeur her family around. Second was the Drag-U-La, Grandpa’s coffin car. Coffins could only be purchased with an accompanying death certificate, so Barris made arrangements for an after dark cash purchase. The Drag-U-La was then featured in the credits of the Munsters.  

Munster Monster Mash Cast

  • Herman Munster- Craig Tomazin
  • Lily Munster- Holly Tomazin
  • Eddie Munster- William Hooker
  • Aunt Elvira- Luna Chenault
  • Vampira- Jessica Virgo

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The origins of the 'Monster Mash'

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by Madeleine Virginia Gannon

Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash” is the best Halloween song, no argument. I could even make the case that it’s a banger all year round (but that’s for another article). However, for as many times as I’ve sung along and busted moves to the “Monster Mash,” it never occurred to me to question the logic of these mashing monsters. What exactly is the monster mash? Apparently, something called the “Mashed Potato.” 

“Monster Mash” is the first track on Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers’ 1962 album The Original Monster Mash. Pickett, with a Dracula-esque voice, narrates a monster dance party. I would say if you haven’t heard the “Monster Mash” before, you have probably been living six feet under –– but seeing as it was a “graveyard smash,” that’s no excuse.

Today’s kids –– when not monster-mashing –– can often be found making memes, lamenting Zoom calls and fighting to overthrow the capitalist elite. In 1962, apparently they were obsessed with the “Mashed Potato” dance craze. Somehow, between modern TikToks and ’60s whacky pop-culture tends, the idea that youth culture was once obsessed with something called the “Mashed Potato” is really not so strange. 

The “Mashed Potato” finds its roots in Dee Dee Sharp’s 1962 hit “Mashed Potato Time.” An American teen idol, Sharp found fame on American Bandstand, a music and dance television program which ran on-air from 1952 to 1989 (think ’60s MTV). Sharp’s music style was a mix of R&B, blues and ’50s doo-wop. While I’m inclined to laugh at the idea of my parents’ generation rocking out to the “Mashed Potato,” Sharp’s hit is undeniably good. I’ll still make fun of my dad later, but between us, I understand how it all came together. 

However, the “Mashed Potato” dance itself can be traced back even earlier to James Brown’s dance moves during his 1959 live performances. Brown was known for his killer moves on and off the stage, and while Sharp may have immortalized the dance in song, it was Brown’s electric personality and flair that started it all. Notably, Brown did write a 1960 song titled “(Do The) Mashed Potato,” in reference to the very dance move he created. However, the “Mashed Potato” craze itself arguably gained its notoriety through Sharp’s teen-idol fame in 1962. 

The “Mashed Potato” dance, unsurprisingly, is incredibly varied. A recording of Dee Dee Sharp’s “Mashed Potato Time” presents a version of the dance with a bit of a hop and skip; another modern video attempting to break down the dance relates it more to 1920s Charleston, adding a side-kick for flair. James Brown’s version is extremely funky in an instructional video taught by the legend himself. The core of the move is the heel-toe action: Start off with your heels together and toes pointed outward and away from each other. Then, quickly point your toes together, heels out and away.

“Monster Mash” was written as a direct response to Sharp’s “Mashed Potato Time.” Just as Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers sing of their monster dance party, so too does Sharp mash together a story about the “Mashed Potato” dance. The songs echo each other: The underlying vocal calls of “ah-oo” in the “Monster Mash” also make up the backbone of “Mashed Potato Time.” Pickett’s “Monster Mash” functions as a parody of Sharp’s hit, poking good-natured fun at the pop-culture phenomenon of the “Mashed Potato.” 

It is worth noting that The Original Monster Mash is a smash hit of spooky, Halloween fun. Pickett features an array of fun, imaginative voices modeled after our favorite monsters. The album makes no attempt to be serious; rather, Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers deliver an array of playful tunes that one can’t help but dance to. In between tracks, Dracula and Boris, Frankenstein and Igor make playful jibes, reminiscent of a live album. There’s no need to feel childish when Dr. Frankenstein and Igor are out on the dance floor, too.

Daily Arts Writer Madeleine Virginia Gannon can be reached at [email protected].

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Monster mash - Bobby Boris Pickett

Monster mash

Monster dance

I was working in the lab late one night0014 He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the monster mash

the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash

The zombies were having fun scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

They played the mash
They played the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash
It caught on in a flash
They played the mash
They played the monster mash

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?"

It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash
The monster mash
And it's a graveyard smash
It's now the mash
It's caught on in a flash
It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash
The monster mash
And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash
You'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash

I was working in the lab one night,
When I saw a terrible sight,
For my monster slowly got up from the lab table
And suddenly, to my surprise,

He started dancing 1 ,
He started a monstrous dance.
Monster Dance,
Graveyard Party.
He started dancing,
And in the blink of an eye it spread around the neighborhood,
He started dancing,
He started a monstrous dance.

From my laboratory in the east wing of the castle
In the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls have gathered from their simple dwellings
To get a shake from my electrodes.

They started dancing,
They started a monstrous dance.
Monster Dance,
Graveyard Party.
They started dancing,
And in the blink of an eye it spread around the neighborhood,
They started dancing,
They started a monstrous dance.

Zombies had fun,
The party has just begun,
Here are the guests, among them the Wolfman
Dracula and his son.

The floor was shaking, everyone was high on these sounds,
Igor on a chain, accompanied by barking dogs,
Knocking-from-the-coffin is about to catch up
With the vocal group "Five, crawled out of the graves. "

They started dancing,
They started a monstrous dance.
Monster Dance,
Graveyard Party.
They started dancing,
And in the blink of an eye, it spread around the area,
They started dancing,
They started a monstrous dance.

Dracula's voice came from the coffin,
He seemed to be worried about something,
He opened the lid and shook his fist and said:
"What happened to my Transylvanian twist?"

Everyone is dancing now,
Time for the monstrous dance.
Monster Dance,
Graveyard Party.
Now everyone is dancing
And in the blink of an eye it spread around the neighborhood0013 Now everyone is dancing,
It's time for the monstrous dance.

Everything's fine now, Dracula sings in a band,
And my monster dance is a local hit,
You, the living, are also invited,
When you get there, say at the entrance that Boris sent you.

Then you can dance,
Start a monster dance,
Monster dance,
And enjoy my graveyard party.
Then you can dance
You will love it too instantly
And you can dance0013 Start a monstrous dance.

The author of the translation is Masha Shersten

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Style: Shorts, T-shirts and shorts make me feel fit on dry land. But because of my helmet, I can't wear anything tight around my neck.

Weird Flaw: I have a certain fear of the open sea…

Favorite Color: Blue, like crystal clear water.

Favorite food: Seaweed. I know it seems like a bit of an exotic taste for a freshwater monster, but they are monstrously delicious.

Favorite activity: Swimming!

Biggest pet peeve: I can't stand it when my parents tell me what to do.

Favorite school subject: Mathematics. As an adult, I'm going to be a hydro-engineer, I need knowledge in mathematics for this.

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Age: 15.

Style: I'm proud of my heritage, but I also want to showcase my personality, so I combine traditional clothing with modern fashion to create my own unique look. It may seem that I am always ready to join the party, but such is my unlife: a huge opportunity to celebrate and have a good time.

Bizarre flaw: I can feel in my bones that something big is about to happen. Unfortunately, I never know when this event will happen.

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Favorite food: Sugar skulls.

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Biggest pet peeve: Untidy graves and crooked tombstones. It's like we forgot who we are and where we came from.

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LDN: Jeanfire Long and Claudine Wolf.

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Bizarre flaw: I am a perfectionist. I believe that there is always time to get things right, and, yes, I understand that it can be tiring for other monsters.

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Favorite food: Dried beans and rice and jambalaya.

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Least favorite school subject: Home economics. Honey, I already know how to cook, and I guarantee that one hour of practice is not enough to perfect at least one recipe.

Pet: Living in a swamp means that my house is literally teeming with various creatures. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the perfect pet. I guess that means I have to keep looking.

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Least favorite school subject: Fine arts. I can put my ideas on paper, but of course I can't draw them! I prefer painting with words.

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LDN: All my brothers and sisters.

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Age: 1601.

Style: Fang is absolutely in love with lace, frills, silk and satin, if the dress is frilly and black or dark purple.

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Freaky Flaw: I have a peculiar way of saying something bad is going to happen, though most monsters often misinterpret my words.

Favorite color: Green, like old turf.

Favorite food: Coddle. It's a staple dish that's terribly convenient.

Favorite activity: I have a high voice and I can scream whenever I want, and I also really enjoy telling and listening to stories.

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Least favorite school subject: Oratory - causes only chaos.

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Hooded Voodoo - son ... Don't think about it - it will break your heart.

Age: Let's keep it simple and say I'm 15.

Style: I guess you'd call casual casual, though I appreciate any well-tailored.

Bizarre Flaw: I've worn out my heart to let any monster see that some things I perceive more strongly than other monsters.

Favorite color: I love the patchwork look.

Favorite food: I don't know why, but I really like the food from Skarib.

Favorite activity: I am a target - yes a target - for a football team. It's hard work and I'm just a monster doing it.

Biggest Pet Peeve: When monsters take their relationships for granted. It's enough to break my heart.

Favorite school subject: Horror - someday I would like to give advice to monsters like me.

Least favorite school subject: Volcanology - I'm not a big fan of anything fire related.

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Style: Kind of like minimalism, especially when it comes to style, definitely less than most monsters. I mean, you can't find me in a crowd by what I'm wearing.

Bizarre Flaw: Because I am completely transparent, I have absolutely nothing to hide. Sometimes I get into trouble because not every monster appreciates this, so I practice becoming more opaque.

Favorite color: Camo. What? This is true.

Favorite food: ____

Favorite activity: I like to play practical jokes and pranks. I'm not doing anything wrong and of course just for fun.

Biggest Pet Call: When monsters talk about me like I'm not there. It's not terrifyingly cool.

Favorite school subject: Physics. I'm a complete science nerd and some of my practical ideas for epic jokes came to me from experiments we did in class.

Least favorite school subject: Physical Dead Culture. Especially when we play football, I tell him: “Hey, the defender, I was open!” and he told me: “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you.” Unconvincing.

Pet: I once had a dog, but I had to give it away because whenever I went out for a walk, animal control tried to take him away as a homeless person. Now I have a box that may or may not contain a cat.

LDN : I can blend in with any crowd.

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Age: 15.

Style: Bright, flashy and always on the face. Bright flowers always get more attention, and I'm not a shy violet when it comes to monsters wanting to look at my work.

Freaky Flaw: Okay - I'm a passionate advocate for the world we live in and don't want to pollute it - that's not my fault - but sometimes I accidentally use my pollen of persuasion to get monster volunteers to join my case.

Favorite color: Green.

Favorite food: Fresh water and sunshine.

Favorite activity: I enjoy hiking, camping, and convincing monsters of the importance of protecting the world we live in.

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