Haunting music for your Halloween party
Halloween party music
So you've bought your Halloween costume, got your Halloween decorations sorted, invited your friends round and you've even carved a pumpkin, but what about the music for your Halloween party? You could go with the usual party mixes, but what about getting together some fun, ghoulish music specially themed for the night? On this lens I hope to give you some ideas to enable you to put together your Halloween soundtrack.
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TV theme tunes
There are many great spooky TV shows out there who's theme tunes make fantastic Halloween party tunes. Why not try out some of the following theme tunes?
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr: The TV show and movie both used this classic track.
The Addams Family - Classic Halloween.
The Munsters - I love the 'Shadows' style guitar and the brass instruments on this.
Scooby Doo - The ultimate monster chasing team.
The Twilight Zone - There aren't many things more chilling than the first 10 seconds of this.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents - This always makes me think of monsters marching haphazardly.
Dr Zitbags Transylvania Pet Shops - A classic English/French cartoon with a suitably ghoulish theme tune.
Count Duckula - I loved this cartoon when I was little, but the intro was terrifying.
Trapdoor - This Claymation show was weird, but great for Halloween.
Halloween TV theme tunes
The intro to the cartoon show Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
One of my childhood favourites: Count Duckula
The incredibly spooky Twilight Zone intro.
A collection of The Addams family intros from various tv and film adaptations.
Halloween inspired TV theme tunes on Amazon
You can buy Halloween themed party music on Amazon MP3. How about these ones?
There are some great horror movies out there and many of them have instantly recognisable spooky soundtracks. Here are some of my favourites:
Halloween: John Carpenter wrote the chilling soundtrack for this. Simple, but scary.
The Exorcist: Very recognisable and similar to Halloween in its simplicity and effectiveness
This is Halloween (from 'The Nightmare before Christmas'): A great Halloween song which is features on the 'Just Dance 3' computer game.
Jaws: The ultimate soundtrack for approaching disaster.
Feed me (from The Little Shop of Horrors): Audrey II, the terrifying, man-eating plant sings this one to Seymour.
The Rocky Horro Picture Show: There are many great tunes in this film/stage show, including 'TimeWarp', Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me' and 'Sweet Transvestite'.
Halloween movie themes on Amazon
More great Halloween tunes
There are a lot of great Halloween theme tunes out there which aren't related to TV or film and are just good pop songs in their own right. Have a look at some of the following suggestions:
Monster Mash (Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Cryptkickers): No Halloween party is complete without this 1962 classic.
Thriller (Michael Jackson): I love the Vincent Price monologue in this song. Great for a party, especially if you have some zombies present.
Somebody's Watching Me (Rockwell): Featuring vocals from Michael Jackson on the chorus, this is a suitably spooky addition to your Halloween soundtrack.
A Nightmare on My Street (Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince): Remember those days before Will Smith was a Hollywood star? Here they are.
Abracadabra (Steve Miller Band): There's something creepy about this song. I don't know what it is, but there is definitely something.
Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon): Werewolves! Need I say more?
Superstition (Stevie Wonder): Add a bit of class to your Halloween party.
Bat out of Hell (Meatloaf): An epic masterpiece from Meatloaf.
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Check out some of my Halloween suggestions on YouTube
Thriller by Michael Jackson.
Abracadabra by the Steve Miller Band.
Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf.
Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell.
Are there any more Halloween tunes you can think of that I've missed? Have any of these songs gone down well on previous Halloweens?
Have your say below.