Let's Celebrate Halloween with a "Thriller" Tribute Round-Up, Shall We?

Happy Halloween, everyone! One of the best parts of every ghoul's favorite holiday is that it provides a reason to watch Michael Jackson's awesomely creepy "Thriller" video on repeat. (Not that we really need a reason to watch anything MJ-related on repeat, but you know.) This year, rather than just gorging on the original, I decided to put together a round-up of some of my favorite "Thriller" tributes—because truly great music videos inspire truly great imitators.

Let's set the bar verrrry high right off the bat with this detail-oriented remake of the music video by Adam Sevani, aka Moose from the Step Up series (naturally, fellow Step Up-er Alyson Stoner is involved):

On a lower-production-value but equally joyful note, here's the original wedding "Thriller" dance, posted on YouTube in 2006 (13,522,789 views and counting):

How about Jennifer Garner's delightful zombieness from 13 Going on 30 (a film that, I am unashamed to admit, definitely makes my all-time favorites list)?

No "Thriller" list would be complete without the dancing inmates of the Philippines:

I'm especially partial to this spot-on rendition of the "Thriller" dance by the cast of Frozen:

And because a tribute list isn't a tribute list without the one that inspired it all, I'm going to finish this off with the one and only 14-minute original. Stay spooky, friends!

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