Halloween 2012: 100 Classic Spooky Songs and Tunes
The first Halloween I spent in London, I went all out. I purchased near £30 worth of candy and decorated the windows with lights and festive Halloween bunting. I did so as I lived in Wimbledon on a street with children and so anticipated I’d get quite a few visitors for trick-or-treat. Much to my surprise, no one came – absolutely NO ONE! Stuck with all that chocolate and candy, I gained quite a few pounds. So in subsequent years, I didn’t bother. The British weren’t yet ready to embrace yet another American tradition.
Now, nearly seven years on, more and more Brits have warmed to the festive nature of Halloween spurred on by high street retailers. Case in point, Fortnum and Mason is hosting a Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition. How very American! Plus in general, there are more Halloween decorations, parties being advertised and I anticipate seeing more children out in their costumes trick-or-treating.
In hindsight, perhaps it was the lack of music to draw people in was my downfall. Either way, those now having a party should consider downloading via iTunes Halloween 2012 – 100 Classic Spooky Songs and Tunes put together by The Eighty Sixth Floor who create soundtracks for the fanatical. Most of the songs on this Halloween album are instrumental, but you’ll also find a few vocal tunes including: The Lost Boys Theme, True Blood Theme, Underworld Theme, Dusk ‘Till Dawn Theme and Devil in Disguise.
The first time I listened to the album, it proved a useful distraction from work. As it played in the background, I had great fun guessing the film or television show associated with each instrumental song. Some were very spooky but others more fun and brought back childhood memories. For example: ”there’s somethin’ strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call…ghostbusters!” So yes, perfect background music for a children’s halloween party. Heck, adults could play a drinking game to guess the songs. Not that the British need encouragement to drink. Anyway, the beauty of this album is that most of the songs are popular/well known and so all rather enjoyable.
That said, if you are a resident of the United Kingdom and fancy winning a copy of the album, simply leave a comment below by midnight Sunday, 28th October. Compliments of The Eighty Sixth Floor, five winners will be randomly selected and notified by Monday, 29th October. If you live outside the United Kingdom or happen to read after the deadline, would definitely encourage checking out and purchasing the album via iTunes. At £7.99 for the 100 tracks, it is a real winner! There are songs from horror films like Halloween, A Nightmare in Elm Street, but also theme tunes from Rocky Horror Picture Show, Edward Scissorhands, Adams Family, Scooby Doo, Beetlejuice, Super Freak, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and oh yeah, even Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
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October 29, 2012 at 12:00 am
Halloween a time for fun ,Dress up your houses for shock and awe, I will hopefully frightening the pants off a bunch of my daughters friends in our haunted house.
October 27, 2012 at 8:05 am
Haha, like your first Halloween in UK story Ursula! I don’t think I’ve ever been to a proper Halloween party, but went to a ‘Haunted Zumba’ class last year, does that count?! A bit of Michael Jackson’s Thriller routine thrown in and I did wear tights covered in cobwebs ( design, not cos they were so old!!) It’s never really been that big a deal over here, though I have noticed the M&S Halloween section growing in size over recent years. Pam, lady I work with who is almost 60 but one Big kid is off to New York Monday with her family, and is already kitted out for the massive Halloween parties over there – including light up/ flashing creepy spiders attached to headband. She’s beside herself with excitement and we’ve given her pumpkin garlands and ghoulish jellies to take over too, though I’m sure she’ll discover a whole new world of Halloween accessories in NY! Anyway this is my first time Ever that I’ve ‘blogged’ Wishing you all a Super Spooky Halloween this year 😮 😮 😮 Close your eyes and listen to this, be afraid, be VERY afraid!! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=copkFj7rIXc (hope link works!)
October 27, 2012 at 7:10 am
From ghoolies and ghosties and Long-leggedy beasties
and things that go bump in the night
may the good Lord give us respite!
– an olde Cornish Prayer
October 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm
Witches & wizards and vampires galore
Some fly on a Hoover,
(Broomsticks are things of yore)
Shrieking and crying – there’s music required
Then home before midnight
These ghouls are retired!
October 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm
Music to carve pumpkins by
Feel the fear, shriek or cry
Ghost and gouls will surely be
A menace on the streets, oh gee!
October 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm
House currently dressed for Halloween courtesy of Poundland Ealing! Originally got in the habit when I went to an Apple sales conference in San Diego in 1985 – came home with suitcase full of Halloween goodies never seen before in the UK. Been a fan since….
Had an early run at spooky goings on with a street safari party last week, about six households had a safari party which involved a different dish in each house – and accompanying alcohol! So if anybody was wandering near Walpole Park and saw a motley crew of witches, vampires etc wandering from house to house, not oversized trick or treaters or figments of imagination, but rather neighbours of a certain age who probably should have known better – but didn’t give a damn!!