Ready? Set? SING! Spooky song parodies for kids who love monsters

There’s just nothing like howling along to a creepified, monsterized version of a classic song you know and love (or loathe). That’s why KinderScares put together this little guide to help you find the best parodies to spookify your next sing-along!

Sipping Spiders Through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters by Kelly Dipucchio

Sipping Spiders Through a Straw boasts 18 awesome parodies including Home of the Strange (Home on the Range), My Delicious Frankenstein (Oh My Darling Clementine), Do Your Guts Hang Low (Do Your Ears Hang Low), and Slither and Stink (that’s right, folks…somebody actually successfully grossified ‘Skinnamarink’ – it’s fantastic!). This little volume is so much fun it’s earned a place on our ‘Absolutely Everybody Should Own This Book’ list.

13 Ghosts of Halloween by Robin Muller

If you enjoy annoying family and friends with long, off-key renditions of The 12 Days of Christmas (and really, who doesn’t enjoy annoying family and friends?), imagine how much MORE fun you’ll have with this spooky version! The 13 Ghosts of Halloween won’t let you down!

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by Elizabeth Mills

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus is exactly what it looks like – a Halloween-friendly version of the classic irritating song.

There Was an Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley

There Was an Old Monster parodies ‘There Was an Old lady Who Swallowed a Fly’. Fun times! For another version you can check out There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swalowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex

Okay. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich is not a book of songs, but bear with me here. As you surely know if you own this book (which you, and everybody else, SHOULD), it’s a book of poetry…mostly. The Phantom of the Opera, who recurs throughout the book (and happens to be my personal favourite character), keeps getting well-known songs stuck in his head. As a result several of the poems about him are clever song parodies that will make you laugh out loud.

The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme by Bobbi Katz

This is another much-beloved book that’s not really about songs or parodies. The Monsterologist is also a book of (really awesome!) poems. It earned a place on this list for a single page (page 24, if you’re curious), which features a witchy parody of the song My Favorite Things (from The Sound of Music). Yes, I’m serious. Yes, it’s awesome. And yes, you definitely NEED to learn these alternative lyrics and sing them regularly.

Here’s hoping this post will inspire many a hilarious Halloween sing-along this year! Happy howling!

Stop! You NEED these books!

We all know that kids like to be read to.  They love it, even.  Even when it’s the worst piece of mind-numbing drivel, the kids don’t seem to mind.  Even when it’s the worst piece of drivel for the 83rd time in a row…let’s face it.  The kids don’t give a shit!
So these picture books aren’t for the kids (although it’s a safe bet they’ll love them too).  These books are for YOU, horror-loving parents.  I know you’re one cutesy piece of picture-book torture away from running screaming down the street flailing like Grover and refusing to ever read to your offspring again.  We don’t want that.  (Shhhhh, it’s all right.  Books good.  Don’t be afraid, poor terrorized parent.  We can help you, never fear.)
The six picture books I have for you today are nothing but pure awesome, and I promise they’ll be just as much fun for you as the tiny terror you’re reading them to.  No really.  You’ll see!

Alpha Oops: H is for Halloween, written by Alethea Kontis and illustrated by Bob Kolar

A fun and beautiful book with a style reminiscent of vintage Halloween decorations, this is a favorite around here.  Any alphabet book that has both ‘kraken’ and ‘lycanthrope’ in it is okay by me!

Boris and Bella, written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Gris Grimly

Boris and Bella, the tale of two ghoulishly feuding characters, is hilarious and makes a great read-aloud.  Creepy illustrations by the talented Gris Grimly really bring it to life and give it an awesome atmosphere.

The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme, written by Bobbi Katz and illustrated by Adam McCauley

The Monsterologist is a collection of rhyming poetry that takes you through the adventures of a monster expert.  It’s funny, ingenious, and all around beautiful to look at, just an amazingly designed book.

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich written and illustrated by Adam Rex

This is a classic, the book we credit with sending us down the path that led eventually to KinderScares.  Absolutely hilarious monster poetry both written and illustrated by the inimitable Adam Rex.  Although kids love it, you’ll be laughing hardest while they keep asking “What’s so funny?”.  And if you love it as much as we do (you will), there’s a sequel, Frankenstein Takes the Cake.

The Book That Eats People, written by John Perry and illustrated by Mark Fearing

Please be careful when purchasing this book.  It eats people.

Awesomely dark and entertaining, this is one of my all-time favourites.  I like to end my read-aloud rendition by chasing the kids around the room screeching and making it try to eat them.  You, um, might want to NOT do that.  I hear therapy’s expensive.

Goodnight Goon, written and illustrated by Michael Rex

Last my dears, but far from least, I bring you the piece de resistance.  For every mom and dad who has suffered through Goodnight Moon so many times they can recite it by heart, I have the most badass parody in the history of the written word. Yes.  Goodnight GOON!  Full of monsters and martians and goo, this is the version horror fans everywhere will fall in love with.  Mr. Michael Rex – we salute you.

So get out there, parents, and buy your kids a new book today!  It won’t hurt, I promise.