"Grim Grinning Ghosts" Lyrics

Theme Song for the Haunted Mansion Attractions

Haunted Mansion Disneyland
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Have you been on the Haunted Mansion ride at the Disney parks? One of the highlights of the attraction is the graveyard scene. All kinds of silly and spooky (but mostly silly) action takes place as the spirits really "come to life." The focus is on the Phantom Five, the disembodied ghosts who sing the bouncy song, "Grim Grinning Ghosts." The tune provides a soundtrack for the scene.

First opened in August 1969, the attraction celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. During its half century at Disneyland (and its many years delighting guests at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris—where it is known as Phantom Manor), millions of people have heard the musical number.

Have you ever wondered what the lyrics are to the song? Wonder no more.

Grim Grinning Ghosts

Music by Buddy Baker and lyrics by F. Xavier Atencio

When the crypt goes creak,
And the tombstones quake.
Spooks come out for a swinging wake.
Happy haunts materialize,
And begin to vocalize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

Now don't close your eyes,
And don't try to hide.
Or a silly spook may sit by your side.
Shrouded in a daft disguise,
They pretend to terrorize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

As the moon climbs high o'er the dead oak tree,
Spooks arrive for the midnight spree.
Creepy creeps with eerie eyes,
Start to shriek and harmonize.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

When you hear the knell of a requiem bell,
Weird glows gleam where spirits dwell.
Restless bones etherialize,
Rise as spooks of every size.

If you would like to join our jamboree,
There's a simple rule that's compulsory. Mortals pay a token fee.
Rest in peace, the haunting's free.
So hurry back, we would like your company.

If You Can't Rest in Peace, Here's More Haunted Mansion Stuff

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