Three TikTok influencers have posted a widespread Halloween dance challenge featuring the hit song that debuted in Adam Sandler’s “Hubie Halloween” 2020 horror parody.
TikTok artists Slavik, Bdash and Aubrey wear black robes, leather jackets and “Scream” masks as they dance to “Happy Halloween” around a bucket of candy in the 35-second video. On the #HalloweenChallenge, they encourage other TikTok users to copy their movements into their own videos.
“Get ready your costumes and go on a Halloween dance challenge,” Slavic wrote in his message for the video, which has garnered more than 71,800 views.
Happy Halloween was recorded by Dbone and the Remains, a Los Angeles-based Halloween-themed pop dance group. The group’s founders said that they actually tried to copy TikTok’s dance moves.
“They’re definitely professionals,” lead singer Derek “Dipon” Rickley said of the performers. “There’s one movement where they do this wave with their legs and hands, and you don’t get it if you don’t have rhythm. But it looks really good on video and creates a really nice effect.”
“I am completely new to TikTok and have only seen two videos of these guys, but they are so good. I love the video and it makes me want to move,” said Sandy Sheila, producer and drummer.
Rickley, 39, said he co-wrote the song with Mr. Sheila in an effort to create “modern Halloween dance music” that “blended ’60s ‘Monster Mash’ with ’80s ‘thriller’ dance moves.”
Halloween & Costume Society, a non-profit trade association representing Halloween retailers, said in a statement that the song became popular after Mr. Sandler’s movie debuted on Netflix and “quickly became the national anthem for the upcoming Hallowweekend.”