The Brief: Following tradition, on October 1, 2019, Halloween and spooktober-themed memes, tweets, and videos took over the internet.
First Day Of October Memes
The first of October is the unofficial day to start planning Halloween costumes, set up decorations, and make a trip to the pumpkin patch (just don’t carve your pumpkin yet – it will get moldy). October memes usually fixate on pre-Halloween excitement, celebrating spooktober and all things creepy, crawly, dead, undead, and spoopy.
On Twitter, the hashtag #October1st trending with tweets about all the Halloween-related fun the next 31 days will hold. In a popular yearly tradition, many Twitter users change their usernames to spooky puns for the month, adding ghost, pumpkin, and skull emojis for an extra festive touch.
It’s the first day of october spooky season has officially begun 🎃 pic.twitter.com/M6xduWwZBE
— jag-o-lantern🎃 (@JagerWatson) October 1, 2019
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) October 1, 2019
— JoelAtTheDisco 🕴🏻 (@JoelAtTheDisco) October 1, 2019
— Cat Cosplay (@Cat_Cosplay) October 1, 2019
The best month of the year has arrived. 🕸🎃👻🕷 pic.twitter.com/CKnpRnKJwA
— Clarissa Brooks (@ClarissaMBrooks) October 1, 2019
I don't know who needs to hear this right now but if you love October, wish it was October all year and you love being spooky, it's not illegal to become a goth. They can't arrest you. Go and be free.
— Roxi Horror 💀🌸 (@roxiqt) October 1, 2019
Doot Doot, Calcium & Spoopy Skeletons
TikTok #HalloweenCountdown & Spooky Scary Skeletons Dance
On TikTok, so far the most popular Halloween and spooktober-related trends are the #HalloweenCountdown hashtag and “Spooky Scary Skeletons” dance. At the time of writing, the hashtag #HalloweenCountdown has been viewed 14.5 million times on TikTok. The song “Spooky Scary Skeletons” has been used as the soundtrack to 1.9 million videos and videos related to the hashtag #SpookyScarySkeletons have been viewed over 30 million times. In these videos, TikTokers show off their take on a skeleton-inspired dance to the tune of a now-iconic Halloween bop.