"The zombies were having fun The party had just begun The guests included Wolf Man Dracula and his son The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds The coffin-bangers were about to arrive With their vocal group, the Crypt-Kicker Five"
Hey, wouldn't it be cool if Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster, Gillman, and all those other classic monsters hung out?
Short version: Yes. Yes it would.
This is prevalent in a setting where the heroes live on World of Weirdness as part of a Fantasy Kitchen Sink with a sprawling Crossover Cosmology, especially if they themselves are supernatural. The creatures, rather than become shut-ins, never leaving their designated niche or dark corner of the world... socialize. The Vampires and Werewolves, though antagonistic, agree to hold up a mutual Masquerade against humans. Fairies and ghosts work together to scare local homeowners. And the wizards work with all of them to Save Both Worlds.
On a personal level, individuals of these groups might form loose bands (of Player Characters, usually) that work towards common goals, hang out, or terrorize humans for fun and profit. Or, if the setting permits, are all in on a secret, ancient conspiracy to control, manipulate, or convert humanity, eventually taking over and enslaving us all! Bla-hahahaha!
The Punk Hazard arc adds a new roster of monsters: Centaurs, satyrs, dragons, a harpy and a Blob Monster.
Princess Resurrection has vampires, werewolves, robot girls and a demonic princess as the main cast. Most of the above are living in the same house.
With a name like Monster Soul, one would say it's about oh um...monsters? =P
Legendz is a Mons series where all the creatures are based on monsters of folklore, myth, and urban legend.
Cowa! by Akira Toriyama is set in a world where humans, monsters and Petting Zoo People coexist. The main characters are a half vampire/half koala-man hybrid, a shapeshifting ghost, another creature that resembles Gillman and a human sumo wrestler.
While Magic: The Gathering has always had its share of vampires, ghosts, zombies, and other things that go bump in the night, the Innistrad block takes place on a plane directly inspired by Gothic Horror.
In a parody one-shot story Illegal Aliens (not related by anyway to the book by the same name), a group of underemployed monsters from classic Universal Studios’ films forms an alliance to wipe out new amazingly popular alien creatures, because they took away their jobs in the movie industry. The comic ends with all monsters being smashed by... Godzilla.
The eponymous rock band in the DCU comic Scare Tactics had a vampire lead singer, a werewolf on lead guitar, a snake-boy on bass guitar, and a walking pile of sludge for a drummer.
DC also had several groups under the name The Creature Commandos: the first group (an extreme experiment in psychological warfare during World War II) was made up of Lt. Matthew Shrieve (normal), Warren Griffith (Werewolf), Sgt. Vincent Velcro (Vampire), Pvt. Elliot "Lucky" Taylor (Frankenstein's monster) and Dr. Myrra Rhodes (Medusa). They often teamed up with fellow Weird War Tales headliner GI Robot. Of some note is the fact that though Shrieve was "normal", he was quite explicitly the worst of the bunch. A reboot in 2000 also featured a gillman, and a new crew introduced in 2003 and never seen again finally added a mummy.
In the Flashpoint timeline, the equivalent group is headed by the Frankenstein monster himself, with Velcoro as the vampire (the spelling of his name changes in modern versions), Griffith as the werewolf, and Nina Mazursky as a gillwoman. Lt. Shrieve fights alongside them in the war.
DC's 2011 reboot has a modern-day version of the team, featuring Frankenstein, Velcoro, Griffith, Mazursky, Frankenstein's Bride, and Khalis, a mummy.
Urban Monsters stars a fishman, a zombie, a satyr, and a sasquatch, in a world with no apparent Masquerade.
Marvel Comics' Nick Fury's Howling Commandos featured a werewolf, a half-vampire and half-werewolf, a mummy, a clone of the Frankenstein monster, a gorilla with a human brain, and a zombie. Brother Voodoo and Satanna also join in on the fun. These are just the main, active members; the Howlers are indicated to employ just about every monster in the Marvel universe, including Lilith, daughter of Dracula, and both Abominable Snowmen (the cursed prospector and the representative of an entire yeti species, of course).
This is a bit of a tradition in Marvel, dating back to the original Legion of Monsters (swamp monster Man-Thing, demon Ghost Rider, vampire Morbius, and Werewolf by Night), and revived recently with the new Legion of Monsters (every original member but Ghost Rider returns, in addition to N'Kantu the Living Mummy, gillman Manphibian, Mole People-like Moloids, classic Marvel monster Orggo, etc. Oh, and of course, the Punisher as a Frankenstein's Monster.)
A later version of the Legion of Monsters appeared in Daredevil and featured Satanna, N'Kantu, Werewolf by Night, the original Frankenstein's Monster, and the zombie Simon Garth. The term "Monster Mash" is even used to describe them in the recap page of Daredevil #33.
And not to mention the Fin Fang Four, made up of classic Marvel monsters who represent cornerstones of giant monster movies. Fin Fang Foom (giant reptile/dragon), Googam (alien conqueror), Gorgilla (giant ape/gillman), and Elektro (giant robot).
The original Werewolf by Night letter column featured a fan post in which the author made a joke about a Nick Fury/Jack Russell team-up called "Sgt. Furry and His Growling Commandos". Funny how that joke later became reality.
Sort of; Nick Fury actually never appeared in Nick Fury's Howling Commandos; it was more a Mythology Gag name and a pun on the monstrous nature of the team.
This also fills out the rest of the cast of the Slave Labor Graphics comic (which ran also in Disney Adventures) called Little Gloomy (alternately titled "The Super Scary Monster Show")
The titular Monster Plus is a one-man Monster Mash, being a vampire werewolf mummy zombie Frankenstein's Monster witch doctor. One of his teen sidekicks happens to be Kid Dracula (the other two are normal humans).
Used in the recently reprinted comic strip Number 13 in The Beano and in the one-off strip Phone-a-Fiend.
Fleetway comic strip Scream Inn and its later spinoff The Spooktacular 7 revolved around a vampiric innkeeper, a zombie maid, a witch, a ghost, a headless man, a skeleton, a devil and a talking spider.
Hotel Transylvania. The main characters are Dracula and his daughter; their friends and guests include a mummy, a werewolf, Frankenstein, witches, an invisible man, a blob, and more. Justified by the title setting being, well, a hotel for monsters.
Mad Monster Party has Baron von Frankenstein inviting Dracula, the Werewolf, the Invisible Man, Quasimodo, Dr. Jekyll and the Creature from the Black Lagoon to his private island in order to announce his retirement and appoint his successor as head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters.
I, Frankenstein has the Frankenstein monster getting mixed up in a war between gargoyles and demons.
The Mercy Thompson series has both friendly and unfriendly fae, werewolves, vampires, witches, sorcerors and walkers (Native American shapeshifters) so far. Wizards, druids and angels are mentioned, and Charles' mother gave him Native American magic similiar to shamanism. The various species don't like each other — we are talking The Fair Folk and Always Chaotic Evil vamps whose best defector gleefully shoots and kicks the dog — but there are nastier things out in the night. Like demons or politicians.
Kitty Norville, likewise, features both friendly and unfriendly werewolves and vampires. As the ironically named main character is a werewolf, you'd expect most of the bloodsuckers to be villains, but she's allied to more than she's made enemies. The werewolf packs and nearest vampire families usually keep a cooperative connection.
The best example of a Monster Mash in this series is the latest book, Kitty's House of Horrors, where the premise is a reality show starring all the B-list celebrities who are or claim to be supernatural: Kitty the werewolf talk radio host, a werewolf pro wrestler, a were-seal state legislator, a TV medium and stage magician who are both the real thing, a vampire beauty pageant winner, and a psychic supernatural debunker TV show star.
And for those of you who haven't read the books, Nobby really does deserve a place on that list. He carries a card, signed by the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork and a local midwife of some skill, stating that, on the balance of probability, Nobby really is a human being. That's all you really need to know about him.
Tales of MU initially appears to be based on this to most readers, though it is not exactly on a voluntary basis - the Wizarding School, Magisterius University, has graciously established a separate dorm for the non-humans and part-humans, supposedly to make them feel less pressured to conform to human ways but in actuality at least in part to keep the freaks out of sight. The characters' foibles, both personal and racial, make up a significant part of the series.
Clive Barker's short novel Cabal, later filmed as Nightbreed. The monsters live in Midian in Canada. In the book Clive Barker's Nightbreed Chronicles, Barker explains the origins of many of these monsters, indicating that they did not share a common origin. One monster had its origin as a mutant engineered by the Central Powers during World War I (reminiscent of the G-8 series, which often featured paranormal entities devised by Central Powers researchers) and another a person mutated by a meteor (similar to Doc Savage's foe Mo-Gwei, Vandal Savage, Meteor Man, and L?Île aux trente cercueils by Maurice LeBlanc).
Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book not only features a boy raised by ghosts, but also an organisation called the Honour Guard consisting of a vampire, a werewolf, a mummy and some sort of djinn.
Kelley Armstrong wrote a novel with only werewolves. She then called the series Women of The Otherworld and included witches, demons, and other supernaturals to be able to not be stuck only writing about werewolves.
This was the entire idea behind Bruce Coville's stand-alone book, Monster of the Year.
With the possible exception of Godzilla, anything on the list above is likely to be found drinking in Strangefellows in one Nightside book or another.
Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble novels take place in the Unnatural Quarter, a neighborhood set aside for undead, fairy-tale beings, and other supernatural folk generated by or emerged in the wake of the Big Uneasy.
City of Devils takes place in a world in which every Universal, b-movie, and legendary monster comprise the ordinary John and Jane Does of the world.
Daniel Gonzalez's Ravencraft series has Laura Talbot (a werewolf), Lucilla (a vampire), Abigail Valdemar (a zombie/Frankenstein-like creature) and Donovan Fort (a monster hunter) as main characters. Also Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and other many evil werewolves, vampires and other monsters as villains.
The BBC 3 show Being Human has a vampire, a werewolf and a female ghost as flatmates.
Big Bad Beetleborgs had a mummy, a vampire, a frankenstein-style monster, a group of pixies, a ghoul, a living statue, and a "phantasm" all sharing a haunted house. Surprisingly, while they were real, the heroes and villains of the show were not: the Beetleborg powers were pulled out of the world of fiction by a spell the phantasm cast, and the villains were also pulled out of that world as a Gone Horribly Wrong side effect.
In Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Adam attempts to create an alliance between vampires and demons to fight humans.
Giles: ...And yet you say that the, the vampire went to the demon's aid. The two of them were working as a team? Buffy: Everything except giving each other little pats on the behind.
Buffy's own group of friends is a bit like a monster mash, too. There are Slayers (Buffy and Faith), vampires (Angel and Spike), witches (Willow, Tara and Giles), a werewolf (Oz), an ex-demon (Anya), a demon (Clem), with a couple of normal humans thrown in the mix.
A pilot for a failed TV show called 1313thAvenue aired in 1983 about a group of monsters and supernatural beings sharing an apartment building while trying to maintain a Masquerade.
The Munsters also combines this with some really weird genetics, what with a frankenstein and a vampiress having a werewolf for a son.
The kid could be adopted.
The series also establish that Sam Dracula (Lily’s father and Eddy’s grandfather) had at least one Werewolf son (he appears in an episode and looks much more werewolf-like than Eddy) so it could be consider that; the Dracula side of the family had lycanthropy as a common trait, Sam Dracula’s wife (and Eddy’s grandmother) could be a werewolf or Eddy could have been bitten by a werewolf member of the family in some point of his life.
They also had a perfectly normal, fairly attractive, blonde girl for a niece on the wife's side. The fact that she was a normal attractive girl was played for comedy value by having none of them realise that was the case, treating her appearance as a bit of a shameful black sheep issue.
There was a short lived 70s TV series called The Monster Squad (unrelated to the movie pictured above) that is too campy to be believed. About a wax museum security guard whose "Crime Computer" brings the replicas of Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula and The Wolf Man to life. They Fight Crime to make up for their namesakes' past misdeeds.
Kamen Rider Kiva has an overall horror theme, specifically based on the Universal Monsters. As a result, the villains are vampires and the main character is a Dhampir whose Rider powers come from a talking bat and include alternate forms based on a werewolf, gillman and a Frankenstein's Monster, as well as a base of operations which is a dragon bonded to the mold of a castle. The Movie introduces two villainous Riders with powers based off of demons and Yeti, as well as anoter monster race whose members include a Gorgon, a Mandragora, a Gargoyle and a Mummy.
Supernatural is a veritable Fantasy Kitchen Sink, but this trope is explicitly invoked in one episode during Season 4, "Monster Movie", where the Winchesters investigate killings apparently perpetrated by the famous silver-screen monsters (See header picture above) themselves. It turns out to be a Shape Shifter who specifically tries to emulate them. The entire episode is a Shout-Out to classic horror movies.
In 1973 the all-female dance troupe Pan's People made a video to the original song in which they dressed as Cute Monster Girl versions of a vampire, a bat, a mummy, King Kong and an alien. Only one of these monsters was mentioned in the song, but top marks for originality.
More recently there's also Paul and Storm's "Lame Monster Party" which parodies the theme (but not the tune) of "The Monster Mash".
The music video of Backstreet Boys' song "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" features each band member as a different monster.
China Anne McClain's music video "Calling All The Monsters" features all sorts of monsters.
The spoken preamble to "A Gorey Demise", by Creature Feature, is a group of undead monsters having a dinner party.
Ookla the Mok's "Bride of the Wolfman" starts out with the Wolf Man angsting about how he feels unloved. Then the mummy comes to cheer him up. Dracula and Frankenstein are mentioned as mutual acquaintances.
Buck Owens had a '60s single called "(It's a) Monster's Holiday" (no relation to the Bobby "Boris" Pickett Christmas tune mentioned above).
Frankenstein was first in line And the Wolf Man came up next Dracula was doing his stuff Breathing down my neck...
The pinball machine Monster Bash requires the player to gather the Universal Horror mainstays Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Creature From The Black Lagoon so they can re-form their rock band.
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In the "9th Street Bridge" routine on his Revenge album, Bill Cosby describes going to the movies as a kid with his pal Old Weird Harold and seeing a film that had "Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Dracula, the Hunchback, the Mummy...everybody was in it."
Slight aversion in that we don't know whether the monsters actually teamed up since, despite sitting in the theater for several showings of the movie, Bill and Harold can't get up from hiding on the floor to see what actually happened.
By extension, After Sundown started as a homebrew fix to the World of Darkness tailored to allow players to actually play Monster Mash type games (WoD was specifically built to make crossover games a bad idea). After finishing the rules set, the author decided to strip out the IP for public domain stuff and make it a stand alone game.
In The Trail of Cthulhu adventure book Shadows Over Filmland, the player characters have the opportunity to battle Captain Ersatz versions of Frankenstein ('Doctor Gravenhurst'), the Invisible Man ('the Non-Euclidean Man'), and Dracula (a vampiric dream-spirit of the historical Vlad the Impaler) in individual adventures. In the the adventure "The Preserve", all three are lured to an island where they can face off against their old foes, the player characters, in exchange for the Necronomicon.
Especially Ravenloft, the gothic horror setting. And especially "Ravenloft: Masque Of The Red Death", set in 19th century Earth, complete with stats for Dracula and Frankenstein.
The Mystara supplement Night Howlers, while it focused specifically on lycanthropes, had more than enough different strains of werebeast in it to constitute a Monster Mash.
This is basically the entire premise behind the game NightLife, which features a bewildering array of monsters (many of them usable as player characters) trying to maintain a common masquerade viz. a humanity that still has them horribly outnumbered while also keeping themselves both fed and sane.
Creature Feature, a supplement for the Chill RPG, may have been the first to do this for player characters. Unlike WoD or NightLife, it kept the monsters as inherently evil, and gave points for killing heroes and scaring the crap out of hapless human victims.
Big Eyes, Small Mouth had a sourcebook more or less revolving around this: "Cold Hands, Dark Hearts". In a twist rather like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, almost all modern monsters are actually 'watered down' descendents of the real big nasties who once dominated the world before being sealed away. Vampires, Ghosts, Oni (the descendents of humans who bred with demons), Nephelim (their angelic counterparts), several types of animal spirit (including Minotaurs and Tengu) and Revenents (basic "dead body walking" type monsters that could, among others, resemble zombies, liches, or Frankenstein's Monster) are some of the creatures covered. For an extra twist, these were your player races.
Must Be Tuesday has a list of 20 playable monsters. Vampires? Yup. Angels? Sure. Robots? Cool. Blob Monsters? Go wild.
Older Than Radio: The Ghost Sonata (1907) includes a mummy, two vampires, a ghost, and a walking dead man.
Just add "the children of" right before the word "Dracula" in the above description of the trope and you have the basic premise of Monster High. For bonus points, the five monsters namechecked above, plus the "children" addendum, happen to describe the five main characters of the line (respectively Draculaura, Clawdeen, Cleo, Frankie and Lagoona).
The defunct Xevoz line had an undead faction (the "Unnaturals") that included vampires, ghosts, skeletons, mummies, and Frankenstein monsters in their ranks (the wolfman ended up in the "Meta-Beast" faction). And this isn't counting the insects, cyborg/robots, dragons, elemental forces of nature personified...
The Undead Scourge from Warcraft has waking skeletons, zombies, mummies, vampiric demons, Frankensteins Monsterish abominations armed with hooks and meat cleavers, magic devourers, gargoyles, undead dragons, necromancers, cultists, and fallen paladins make up its ranks.
Darkstalkers is essentially a Monster Mash in fighting game form. Many classic Universal monsters are represented, including Felicia as one of the fairly obscure Cat People, in addition to later horror movie mainstays like Lord Raptor (zombie), Bishamon (ghostly samurai) and Pyron (alien).
The Disgaea series include a variety of fantasy staples like succubi, dragons, zombies, ghosts, and cat girls, many of which have class ranks named after various mythological creatures. Made more amusing in Disgaea 3 and Disgaea 4, where said monsters can be your school classmates or members of your political party, respectively.
The Council in City of Heroes have scientifically created (somehow) vampires and werewolves that can work together (though are rarely seen together at the same time). During the Halloween event, generic vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts, witches and pumpkin people are all about as likely to spawn from Trick or Treating. Really.
Gensokyo, being pretty much the definition of a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, hosts plenty of tea parties bewteen witches, vampires, miko, ghosts, fairies, aliens, oni, goddesses, and more.
The band Deuil from Pop N Music consists of a vampire, a werewolf and a mummy.
MadWorld has the Mad Castle level for this. The Mooks are zombies (but bandaged up like mummies); the first area's bosses are the Shamans, a pack of werewolves; the second area's boss is Frank, Frankenstein's Monster; and the last area's boss is Elise, somewhere between a succubus and a vampire.
The coin-op Monster Bash (unrelated to either of the above two) has the hero using the power of a magic sword to defeat first Dracula, then Frankenstein's Monster, and finally Chameleon Man; defeat all three, and you get to do it again, at increased difficulty...
Planescape: Torment has a party that includes a hideously scarred immortal/regenerating human, a floating talking skull which is actually a damned soul, a part-demon girl with a tail, a succubus with pink bat wings, a githzerai (tall, thin, pointy-eared extraplanar humanoid), a malfunctioning clockwork robot, a perpetually burning man who is a living conduit to the Elemental Plane of Fire, and a ghost in a suit of armor.
Reading Blaster Mystery has a cycloptic alien (?) hero trying to foil Dr. Dabble's plot with the help of a ghost.
With the right expansion packs(particularly the Supernatural pack), you can turn The Sims into this. Your Sim family can be populated with vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies, and even mermaids.
In the Kingdom Hearts series, Sora, Donald and Goofy take on the form of monsters in Halloween Town. Of the trio, Sora becomes a vampire, Donald becomes a mummy, and Goofy becomes a parody of Frankenstein's Monster. Their forms are very popular with the fandom.
Urban Rivals: The Nightmare clan is are expy's on half of the examples above, others are based off horror movie characters.
During a Solar Eclipse in Terraria, hordes of classical monsters attack on the surface, such as Reapers, Swamp Things, Frankenstein's Monsters, Vampires, and Cyclops Zombies. Pity there are no werewolves or skeletons, as they can only appear at night or underground respectively.
The pilot of The Fear Hole has the classic universal monsters as the first creatures to come out of the titular hole. Well, them and THE CREEPING COLON!. Whose film was shot into the sun.
During the Storm of Souls arc in Dominic Deegan, the main characters are witness to a fight between an infernomancer and a werewolf. Donovan Deegan mentions that, in his day, they had a name for such fights: A Monster Mash.
Sluggy Freelance. The main character is currently a mook in the service of a supervillain, and has a sword powered by the blood of the innocent. He's good friends with an alien from a species that reproduces by destroying the host planet, a vampire, a witch, a psychotic Killer Rabbit, and a mad scientist. He also owns a zombie head on a stick. And he's one of the good guys. Ostensibly.
Monsterful has a world full of monsters of all kinds, from classic undead ones (zombies, vampires, ghosts) to mythological ones (gorgons, Loch Ness monsters, mummies), uncommon ones like ragdolls, golems and homunculi, and even some hybrid monsters (Zombpyre). The first chapter focuses on the Addams High All-Ghouls School.
Ow, my sanity is a pastiche of the Unwanted Harem set in the Chtulhu mythos, with the hapless guy getting the attention of several lovecraftian ladies. So far he has encountered the Kuudere Servitor Nancy, an unnamed shoggoth in the form of a young girl with hand mouths, the Sleeper of N'Kai (a Yandere frog-girl) and Cool Big Sis neighbour "Shubby".
And once again one of the later series has the cast teach a bunch of monsters how to act monstrous, so they can stand up to a powerful sorceress who's trying to steal their powers. By the end their efforts turn out to be way more successful than originally intended.
Drak Pack, a short-lived Saturday Morning Cartoon from the 80s, features the teenaged descendants of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man joining forces to fight a Vincent Price-esque criminal mastermind and his henchpersons: a female vampire, a mummy, a toad-like hunchback and a fly/human hybrid.
The short-lived series Gravedale High had a vampire, a werewolf, a zombie, a gorgon, a mummy, a Frankenstein's monster, and some sort of Igor-type being going to a monsters' high-school where one of the teachers is a human. Humorously enough, the vampire's name is Vinnie Stoker (His last name being a Shout-Out to Dracula author Bram Stoker) and the gorgon's name is Doozer (Short for "Medusa").
In the third season of Ben 10 we are introduced to monster-themed alien villains: a mummy, a werewolf, a Frankenstein monster, and a ghost. Of course, Ben gained the ability to turn into each of these himself (he actually had the ghost all along, but this was when the others debuted and were all made a group). These guys are all from the same star system - and at the end of Secret of the Omnitrix zombies from another planet in the same system (Anur Ormeron) are mentioned.
Ben 10: Omniverse devotes a plot arc to revisiting the premise, with the return of the Anurian villains and Ben's alien versions (including a new fifth monster alien, a vampire), unrelated horror villains and shoutouts to additional works.
The latter-day Looney Tunes cartoon "Night of the Living Duck" had Daffy Duck dreaming that he was a lounge singer in a club full of classic movie monsters, including Dracula, Frankestein's monster (with Bride), Wolfman, the Mummy, the Fly and Godzilla (all names changed to protect copyright, of course). He ends up singing (with the voice of Mel Torme) "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives".
An animated special based on The Monster Mash had the Universal Monsters, as well as a group of antagonistic creatures composed of a slasher, an alien, and an Enfant Terrible.
DuckTales had an episode with a collection of classic monsters (Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Bride, Igor, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Mummy, a Jason-esque psycho, and King Pong) booking a get-together at Scrooge's mansion before protesting a movie theater that Scrooge owned which played monster movies, saying that the movies gave them a bad name. Fortunately it turned out that the movies instead made them popular, and they happily accepted jobs as actors in more monster movies.