The Pumpkin Dance

The Pumpkin Dance

Updated Mar 07, 2014 at 09:35PM EST by James.

Added Mar 09, 2010 at 01:47AM EST by microbelover.

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About

The Pumpkin Dance is a YouTube video of a man dressed in all black wearing a Jack O’Lantern mask dancing to the theme song from the 1984 film Ghostbusters. The clip, which originally aired on the KXVO news channel in Omaha, Nebraska during a Halloween broadcast in 2006, went on to spawn several mash-up videos, remixes and photoshopped GIFs.

Origin

The “Pumpkin Dance” segment first aired on Omaha, Nebraska’s local news station KXVO[1] during a 10 PM news broadcast on Halloween, October 31st, 2006. Without explanation, a man in a black unitard and a pumpkin mask was shown dancing to the Ghostbusters theme song[2] in front of a graveyard backdrop. On November 2nd, the clip was uploaded to KXVO’s official YouTube channel, where it has received more than 1.2 million views as of October 2012.



Spread

In November 2006, at least one video that may have been a parody of the pumpkin dance was uploaded via YouTube. In early 2007, KXVO brought the character back to do Christmas (shown below, left) and Valentine’s Day (shown below, right) dances.



In 2009, more remixes were uploaded to YouTube, replacing the audio with other songs. In late October 2009, the original video, as well as some remixes, began appearing on entertainment sites including Videogum[4], Entertainment Weekly[5] and Milk and Cookies[6] as well as internet culture site Buzzfeed[7] and the Huffington Post.[8] In 2011, Mashable[9] included the KXVO Pumpkin Dance on their list of YouTube’s spookiest Halloween videos. The next year, the video was also featured on the Huffington Post[10], GeekNation[11] and the Social Times.[12]

Identity

The masked pumpkin dancer was played by comedian Matt Geiler.[13] As of October 2012, he lives in Los Angeles, California where he performs stand-up comedy. On October 3rd, 2012, he uploaded a video to his YouTube channel reenacting the pumpkin dance with a makeshift costume, though it was later removed from his channel.

Notable Examples

As of October 2012, there are more than 6300 search results for “pumpkin dance” on YouTube.[3] However, not all of these videos are specifically related to the KXVO character.

Search Interest

The phrase “pumpkin dance” is often searched for in October, due to Halloween, however there have been correlating peaks with “pumpkin dance youtube” in 2011 and 2012.



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