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Bill Mimbu
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March of the Dead- Danny Elfman (ARMY OF DARKNESS)


The White Comet - Hiroshi Miyagawa (The Comet Empire theme from SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO)
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More great suggestions!   Thanks all.

A few others of varying quality but basically on point that I've found, just so Halloween-ophiles have these in one place:

Kidsmoke - Spiders
Spoon - The Ghost of you Lingers
Placebo - Sleeping with Ghosts
The Starlight Mints - Pumpkin
Redbone - The Witch Queen of New Orleans
Electric Tickle Machine - Bones
Eels - Your Lucky Day In Hell
Eels - My Beloved Monster
Dream Syndicate - Halloween
Cut Copy - So Haunted
Butthole Surfers - Dracula from Houston
Bright Eyes - Devil Town
Many of Horror
Bette Midler - I Put A Spell On You
Beck - Scarecrow
Beck - Satan Gave Me a Taco
Barnes and Barnes - Cemetery Girls
Avenged Sevenfold - Buried Alive
Atlas Sound - Coffin Trick
Alan Parsons Project - The Raven
+44 - Lycanthrope
Short Stack - Werewolves
How Soon is Now? (Charmed theme)
Johnny Temple and the Harlem Hamfats - Hoodoo Woman
Stones - Paint it, Black
Psychedelic Furs - The Ghost In You
Jonathan Coulton - Creepy Doll

Creepy Atmospherics:

Hostel - Theme Whistle
Skinny Puppy - Haunted (from Industrial Revolution)
Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
Cameron Steel - Been a Wrong Road
Shirley Walker - Final Destination Suite
Nightmare on Elm Street - Freddy's Song
Hellraiser Theme
John Williams - Dracula
Sound-Effects - Scary Witches Laughing
Resident Evil Soundtrack

Narratives:

Nelson Olmsted - The Pit and the Pendulum
Disney's Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House
Alvin Schwartz - A Ghost in the Mirror
Boris Karloff - The Vampire Sleeps (Tales of the Frightened Vol 2)
Woody Allen - Down South (Change of pace Halloween anecdote)

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Rick,you can`t feature Avenged Sevenfold and not have A Little Piece Of Heaven,a twisted tale with Danny Elfman/Tim Burton vibe!
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Bill, good one, thanks!
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No problem!
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Rick, you started a fantastic thread... I may have to revisit this one again, whenever we decide to host a part of our own!


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Pardon me if any of these have already been mentioned. Most are from my setlist whenever I DJ'd around Halloween (when I still DJ'd):

The Misfits - Scream, Dig Up Her Bones, Skulls
Murderdolls - Dawn of The Dead
Rob Zombie - American Witch, Dragula, Living Dead Girl, Spookshow Baby, Superbeast, Meet The Creeper, Return of the Phantom Stranger
Danzig - Under Her Black Wings
Lordi - Would You Love A Monsterman

Look up the bands Ghoultown and Wednesday 13. Both appropriate, but I have no specific recommendations.

Bobby `Boris' Pickett did a sequel to Monster Mash called Monster Rap.












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I see the movie Scream and Scream Again has a song of the same name in it; (not played during the credits, but a scene in a dance club) I can't recommend it, the only words I understood was the chorus, same as the title.

What are other movies with "theme songs"?  "The Addams Family" and "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes".  There's an obscure film "Spider Baby" with a song performed by Lon Chaney, Jr. (there's a nice, noncommittal word, "performed") that would have been closer to a "title track" if the movie had kept the names "Cannibal Feast" or "The Maddest Story Ever Told."

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The old Groovie Ghoulies cartoon had a whole bunch of songs that would probably work.

And the theme tune to Bewitched!
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Bobby Boris Pickett did a number of follow-ups to his hit "Monster Mash." Along with "Monster Rap" (a title shared with an Elvira song), he did "The Monster Swim," "Monsters Holiday," a Christmas song; "It's Alive," in which the mad scientist's son creates a monster, and the "Monster Madjam," about a Monster Rock Festival. For all I know, there may be others besides. 

The Toys did a fun, pro-marijuana take called the "Monster Hash" that's worth checking out if you're of a mind to do so...

A few other songs that came up while going through old cassette tapes:

Mysterious Mose (Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys; Harry Reser & His Radio All-Star Novelty Orchestra)
Dead (The Poets) (Walkin' through the graves)
Zombie Jamboree (Rockapella; Harry Belafonte; Kingston Trio)
Nudist Colony of the Dead (Joyce Mordoh)
T'Ain't No Sin To Take Off Your Skin (Lee Morse; Tom Waits)
Dinner with Drac (John Zacherle)
Monster Shindig (Super Snooper & Blabber Mouse)
Goblin Girl From the Mystery World (Frank Zappa)
Trick of Treat (Elvira)
Zombie Stomp (Elvira)
Johnny Passed Away (Kevin Parker)
Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead (Warren Zevon)
It's Halloween (The Shags)
Stone Cold Dead in the Market (Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong)
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I knew about Monster's Holiday, but had no clue he did those other sequels....and I'm not sure whether or not I want to hear them.
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I find the "Monster Swim" to be beyond awful, in large part because he continually insists throughout that the new dance, the Swim, is better and more popular than the Mash, which it was not. "It's Alive," on the other hand is well done with multiple characters. I also liked the open-air concert vibe of "Monster Madjam." Both are songs I enjoyed more than Pickett's "Monster Rap." "It's Alive" has a poorly crafted CGI video on YouTube. I haven't explored the others further. 

Speaking of "Monster Raps," Elvira's has a mid-song parody of the rap from Madonna's Vogue that's a good deal of fun. 

Has anyone mentioned "With 'Er 'Ead Tucked Underneath 'Er Arm" yet?

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Unless I missed someone else list it.... Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein"
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That reminds me....

Iced Earth - Frankenstein, Phantom Opera Ghost 
Nightwish - Phantom of the Opera (a cover of the theme to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical)
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Nightwish...Ghost Love Score! My favourite track by them and apt for Halloween!
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Rick, you started a fantastic thread... I may have to revisit this one again, whenever we decide to host a part of our own!
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Thanks!  Halloween has always been my favorite holiday.  Christmas obviously has the magical component of generosity and presents and it's own special spiritual vibe but for me there is no more immersive and exciting day than Halloween.  It just evokes a particular mood and time and place for me like no other.   Besides wanting to compile a good set list for my own party, my goal was to see what else is Out There and get a bunch of options in one place for future consideration.  You guys have definitely come thru with a diverse and worthwhile group of songs that should satisfy the tastes of any Halloweenie like me, so many thanks to everyone who has contributed!  Our party is tomorrow night but I'll be updating more stuff recently added (more songs / incidental music from The Wizard of Oz, "Breathe me" by Sia (and other music from "Six Feet Under"), "Mack the Knife" by Sinatra and a few others).  Happy Halloween everyone!
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No real Halloween party for us this year, per se (we're having a family friend and her daughter over, and the daughter will be going out with our kids), but I always play spooky music out our front window for the trick-or-treaters... tonight, they'll be getting instrumental selections from THE OMEN, THE HOWLING, THE OTHERS and THE CONJURING 2.

Bwooohaaa-ha-ha-ha-haaaa!!!




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So, Rick... how'd the party go, and did they all appreciate your playlist?


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Shaun, the party was a blast.  You never know how many people will embrace the concept when you do a costume event but we wound up with more than 30 people in costume and it was a really fun evening.  I'm one of those cheap bastards who swoops into CVS and Rite-Aid and the local Halloween Pop-Up Store on Nov 1st and scoops up all the Halloween items 50 - 75% off so over the decades I've built up a pretty formidable and ghastly set of Halloween decor including ghouls, witches, skeletons, spiders, ghosts, etc. which were all on display, along with copious dry ice fog, lots of topical treats cooked up by my gf (my favorite were the tiny green zombie hands bursting up thru the tops of chocolate cupcakes), brain-shaped jell-o, plastic scorpions served in everyone's drinks, and a number of corpses hanging from the balcony. 

Considering there was a world series game that night, we were pleased with the turnout and based on the feedback, we may make this an annual event.

I wound up with about 5 hour of music and we needed all of it!  Just for fun, here's my final playlist (I was the Scarecrow and my GF Dorothy, so we had a lot of Wizard of Oz tunes).  I changed some stuff and had a good three more hours at the ready.  Many of my friends are into movies and seemed to appreciate that aspect of the list, though others enjoyed some of the older songs or odd contextual choices, but overall everyone I spoke with seemed to get a kick out of at least some aspect of the set.   It was a lot of work to compile but now it's done and the songs can easily be accessed in future years.  Thanks again for all of the fantastic suggestions! Even if I didn't incorporate all of them this time, I really enjoyed discovering many and will definitely use a lot of them in the future.

Sia - Breathe Me (from Six Feet Under)
Twilight Zone Theme
12,000 Volts (electricity zapping sound effect)
Chordettes - Mr. Sandman
Classics IV - Spooky
The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun
The Zombies - Time (of the Season)
Bob Welch - Ghost of Flight 401
Cat Stevens - Moonshadow
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun
Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London
Loreena McKennitt - The Mummers' Dance
ACDC - Highway to Hell
Anonymous - I'm a Ghost
Arthur Godfrey - The Man with the Weird Beard
Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Wizard of Oz - Bicycle Witch
Bing Crosby - Headless Horseman
Bobby Pickett - Monster Mash
BOC - Don't Fear The Reaper
Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
Santana - Black Magic Woman
CCR - Bad Moon Rising
Cher - Dark Lady
Danny Elfman - This is Halloween
Disneyland - Haunted Mansion - Grim Grinning Ghosts
Donovan - Season of the Witch
Eagles - Hotel California
Psycho - Hitchcock Emergency Warning Radio Spot #1
Eurythmics - Jennifer
Wizard of Oz - Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Sinatra - Witchcraft
Frankenstein - It's Aliiive clip
Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
Hall and Oates - Maneater
Bernard Herrmann - Psycho Theme
Hostel - Theme Whistle
Wizard of Oz - If I Only Had A Brain
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Jefferson Starship - Have You Seen The Stars Tonight
John Zacherle - Coolest Little Monster
JS Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D minor
James Taylor - Frozen Man
Julie Cruise - Falling (Twin Peaks Theme)
Lalo Schifrin - Amityville Horror Theme
Lee Morse - 'Tain't No Sin To Take Off Your Skin+Dance Around In Your Bones
Wizard of Oz - Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My
Love Spit Love - How Soon Is Now (Charmed Theme)
Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder - Putting on the Ritz (Young Frankenstein)
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Vintage The Mummy radio commercial
Newports - I'm In the Ground For Good
Nina Simone - I Put a Spell On You
Wizard of Oz - OOOO-EEEEE-OO
Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock Emergency Warning Radio Spot #2
Regina Spektor - Ghost of Corporate Future
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Science Fiction Double Feature
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Time Warp
Rosemary Clooney - The Wobblin Goblin
Roy Leslie - Ain't it Grand to be Blooming Well Dead
Saint-Saens - The Aquarium
Short Stack - Werewolves
Sinatra - Mack the Knife
Haunted Mansion - Sound Effects (track 10)
Stanley Holloway - With 'Er Head Tucked Underneath 'Er Arm
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Sting - Moon Over Bourbon Street
Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
Tales from the Crypt Theme
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Taxi Driver Soundtrack - Thank God For The Rain
The Drowning Men - Oracle Meets the Weeping Willow
The Searchers - Love Potion Number Nine
Thurl Ravenscroft - Grim Grinning Ghosts
Addams Family Theme
Bewitched Theme
Scooby Doo Theme
The Munsters Theme
Twilight Zone Incidental Music
Van Morrison - Moondance
Wizard of Oz - Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead



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Thanks for the update, Rick! A couple of songs I mentioned made the list, so I kind of feel like I got to show up for the party in some small way... :-) I'm glad it went over so well!

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It came just at the wrong time this year, but get the Dr Strange theme in there for next time!

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