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Halloween Music: ELVIRA's Haunted Hits

Updated on October 5, 2014

Who would you like for a Hallow's Eve companion?

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Remember Elvira?

I can sum up this CD by saying Elvira's Haunted Hits Collection has the ORIGINAL 'Monster Mash' by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers; not like all the many many knock-off CDs that pretend to have the original one. I searched high and low one Halloween because I misplaced my Elvira cassette. To my dismay, other Halloween party CDs had only milk-toast versions of 'Monster Mash'. Then I discovered Elvira on CD!

Parents, don't let the cover freak you out! The music is perfectly appropriate for young Halloweeners. Just don't show them the cover, or, you can just explain to them that the character she portrays is supposed to be a humorous tongue-in-cheek vampirish lady. Worked for me.

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Why This CD is THE Halloween Party Collection

Yes, it's from the 80's so it is a little heavy on songs like Ghostbusters and an Oingo Boingo song and remakes by the Cramps.

But they have really great original versions of The Purple People Eater, the Blob, the Adams Family Theme and Sceamin' Jay Hawkins, 'I've Put a Spell On You.'

Hostess of the Night

Elvira Presents Haunted Hits
Elvira Presents Haunted Hits

BUY USED ONLY! Only 8.00 as of 2013

 

Who is Elvira? - And why isn't this music available on MP3s or iTunes?

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Elvira is Cassandra Peterson. Cassandra is an actress, musician and comedian who had her first big break hosting a Los Angeles television show called 'Movie Macabre.' She developed her character and style of talking which carries a light-hearted sarcasm and hark humour. She also developed her special take on the 'Vampira' look. Not only did she develop a cult following, but was business-savvy enough to expand her brand to movies, music and merchandise.

As far as the availability of this CD collection on iTunes or Amazon MP3, I think that licensing was probably an issue. It has a lot of original performances on it, which adds to the amount of sale revenue going towards licensing instead of profit. Side note: When they created the CD, they decided to modernize it and left out some songs like 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' and 'Martian Hop' by the Ran-Dells. That disappointed me but, my favorites are still there.

Elvira's Haunted Hills
Elvira's Haunted Hills

I found this movie surprisingly funny and entertaining to watch. She inherits an old haunted house in a small town and stirs things up as well as solves a mystery.

 

I like how the actress Cassandra Peterson has a real sense of humour when she becomes 'Elvira' and doesn't take herself too seriously.

If you see her without makeup she's very beautiful, even though she's getting into her 60's. She plays the sexy thing up just enough for adults to get the jokes, but then pulls back enough so her performance is still PG. She's definitely a character that you either like or don't. She's got her (using that old Vaudeville yiddish word) 'schtick' down.

What are your favorite Halloween songs? - I'd love to hear about them!

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    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      4 years ago

      @Old Navy Guy: Thank you belatedly for writing. Yes she's still vibrant and a great entertainer!

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      Old Navy Guy 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for a fun look back at Cassandra Peterson's career. I lived in Los Angeles when her show first debuted (long before the days of cable television) and even though the movies shown were really horrible for the most part, folks tuned in just to hear her monologues. Elvira lives yet!

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      4 years ago

      @mel-kav: I agree, we play it every Halloween. Thanks for stopping by.

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      mel-kav 

      4 years ago

      There are some great songs on that CD.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      4 years ago

      @smine27: I did see her on a recent Face Off show in which the artists had to make an Elvira style model for the competition. Still looks herself. I've seen photos of her without makeup, she's actually really beautiful.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh I sure do. I wonder what she's doing now?

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      4 years ago

      @Rangoon House: Thanks for visiting. :)

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      AJ 

      4 years ago from Australia

      I do remember Elvira - nice to see her again!

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      4 years ago

      @sybil watson: Mine too, I didn't get to see her on TV but I liked her movie alot. Halloween, here we come!

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      sybil watson 

      4 years ago

      I love Elvira and I miss seeing her on TV - I always enjoyed her sense of humor. This CD has all my favorites.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      4 years ago

      @CharMarie: Thank you for checking my lens. I love these songs and it means a lot to me getting the original versions. Have a happy Halloween!

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      CharMarie 

      4 years ago

      Monster Mash is #1 on my list; although, I have several! Love your lens! I love Elvira!

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