"Calling All the Monsters" (CD Single)



"Thriller" for kids; video might be scary for little ones.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:China Anne McClain
Release date:September 20, 2011
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Pop music for kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 fearless in the video, dancing with a bunch of freaks. Monsters do have that reputation of hurtin people, but seriously, just because there is a rumor doesnt mean its true. Monsters are people like us; minus the fangs, fur and bandages. There isn't really any message in this song besides just having fun with a bunch a freak-a-zoids. But i do c ur concerns with the realistic costumes and the lines "Comin to getcha" and "Kiss tomorrow good bye" scaring the little ones, but that is no xcuse 2 start hatin
Parent 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 drags them down. Here's a game, try it & have fun with it. Have your kid stand with ankles lock in together, now tell them 2 hold a negative lyric music CD to their chest & pull them forward & U will C how easy it is to unbalance them of their feet. Now, have them hold and apple the same way and pull them forward & U will C how they hold their balance much better. This is only a game but it will show how a negative unbalances a persons & positive invigorates. Like I said have fun. I love China Anne, but not this song or the Halloween episode of ANT Farm that goes with this episode talks about Satan and going bowling with him. This is not good.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
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 Halloween, and I agree she is talented, but go with the classic: "Monster Mash" And what do you mean by if they know it's real, This song ain't even scary, of course we know it's not real, we aren't stupid. It's okay,I like it, I would listen to it, but not buy it or call it my fave song.
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Too much consumerism


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