"Calling All the Monsters" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
"Thriller" for kids; video might be scary for little ones.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

No real messages, just playful fun about ghouls and ghosts who want to dance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everyone, even monsters, needs to have a little fun.

Violence & Scariness

The video shows some pretty ghoulish creatures with distorted features and realistic costumes, but it's obvious (at least to older kids) that it's fake and just for fun.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this track is a tween's bubblegum answer to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Disney Channel star China Anne McClain is calling all monsters to dance and scare, but all in good fun. The song is clean and OK for tweens (as long as they know it's not real), though the video has some very realistic-looking creatures and zombies that could frighten younger kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBeautifulQueen October 26, 2011

Give me a Break

Let me say first that my family personally did not celebrate Halloween when I was growing up. I think this is a cool video and appropriate with the Halloween th... Continue reading
Adult Written byTeen Leader October 12, 2011

"Calling All the Monsters" (CD Single) OjO

Kids don't need 2 make friend's with Monsters, Satan or his buddy's. Best your kids have something positive in their lives than something that dr... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bylearnedfromtheworst July 21, 2013

Good Halloween mash, I like China Anne, but..

Scary? Haha it's Disney, like their movies and shows true emotion anymore :/ It's just some party song that anyone would overlook and play every Hallo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheVampire January 20, 2012


quit hatin peoples! What did you expect from a halloween song? of course theres gonna be monsters and all that creepy stuff. idk bout u, but Chyna seems fearles... Continue reading

What's the story?

Disney Channel A.N.T. Farm star China Anne McClain knows that even werewolves, ghosts, and goblins wanna have a little fun in her spooky single, "CALLING ALL THE MONSTERS." Perfect for Halloween, this single is a tween version of the Michael Jackson classic "Thriller" and even has a video full of weird, dancing zombies (but lacks the scary rumblings of Vincent Price).

Is it any good?

McClain does a good job channeling the King of Pop in her own version of a dance-off with mummies and zombies, but she does it with a smile and a pink-sequined top. "Calling All the Monsters" is an upbeat, contagious club beat that will have you and your kids ready to kick it on the dance floor on Halloween night. Kids will love it for any night of the year, of course, but it's sure to be a hit when the little vampires and witches come out in October.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Halloween. What are some things that you and your family do each Halloween? Why is it fun to be scared sometimes?

  • What's the difference between reality and fantasy? How can you tell? Can something still be scary even if you know it's not real?

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