Now that my daughter doesn’t do Halloween anymore, it’s difficult for me to get worked up over it. Yet I do like to see the costumes of the little kids and not so little kids coming to my door.
Still, some of the teenagers REALLY need to make even a modicum of effort to at least feign the idea that they’re doing some sort of outfit. Many’s the time I’ve said, “What are YOU supposed to be?” The response was an inaudible mumble.
And I have this Halloween music CD I like to play. It has generic spooky tunes, interlaced with screams, groans, and other presumably horrifying sounds. The atmosphere is everything.
I decided to pick some vaguely Halloween/spooky/scary/sinister/weird songs for the post. If you Google, you’ll find tons of similar lists. For instance, 66 killer songs for your Halloween playlist and 50 Spooky Halloween Songs You Need to Play at Your Costume Party. There is, inevitably, some overlap with each other.
But there’s only one song on my list that’s on either, or in this case, both lists. That’s Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I love more than is justifiable. In part, I think it’s Susan Sarandon, who later became a Serious Actor, as Janet.
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – Bach
Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary – Purcell
Pictures at an Exhibition – Gnomus – Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition – Catacombs – Mussorgsky
Night On Bald Mountain – Mussorgsky
The Isle of the Dead, Symphonic poem Op. 29 – Rachmaninov
Requiem – Gy Ligeti from 2001
Evil– Howlin’ Wolf
Celtic Rock – Donovan
Your Long White Fingers – The Gothic Archies
The Dead Only Quickly– The Gothic Archies
Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones
Voodoo – the Neville Brothers
I Put a Spell on You – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Everyday Is Halloween – Ministry
Zombie Jamboree – Rockapella
Time Warp – Rocky Horror
Spiders and Snakes – Jim Stafford
Wastepaper-Basket Fire– Brian Dewan
Frankenstein – The Edgar Winter Group