I’ve seen nothing but candy in stores since the middle of September. It must be the Halloween Season. A time for candy apples, Jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, ghouls, zombies and witches. At Sir William Stephenson, our Halloween books are as scarce as garlic in a vampire’s kitchen. The same could be said for steak or is it stake? Books are one of our most popular Halloween commodities, but, we have other treats for you to enjoy this Halloween.
The library has a huge selection of music for you to listen to and set the proper mood for a party. What Alfred Hitchcock described as “mood music in a jugular vein.” I’ve selected a small sample of what you can find using either Hoopla or Naxos Music Library. Apps for both services can be downloaded to either Apple or Android devices. You can also access these services through your computer.
I’ve grouped my selections in four categories:
- Must haves
- Halloween sounds
Halloween without these tunes would be like Christmas without Christmas trees or laurel without Hardy. It just doesn’t work.
“Thriller” (Album Thriller artist Michael Jackson)
“Monster Mash” (Album The Original Monster Mash artist Bobby (Boris) Pickett)
“Purple People Eater” (Album The Purple People Eater artist Sheb Wooley)
“The Time Warp” (Album Music From the Rocky Horror Picture Show)
“Werewolves of London” (Album Excitable Boy artist Warren Zevon)
“Little Drop of Poison” (Album Shrek 2 artist Tom Waits)
No Halloween party would be complete without these staples from TV and the big screen.
“Ghostbusters theme song” (Album Ghostbusters II)
“Jaws theme song” (Album Jaws John Williams)
“Halloween theme song 1978” (The Ultimate Halloween Collection: Spooky Anthems for your Haunted House)
“Once Upon a Dream” (Album Maleficent)
Addams Family (TV show or movie)
“This is Halloween” (Album The Nightmare Before Christmas artist Danny Elfman)
“The Shining” (Album As Seen on Terrorvision Halloween Movie Hits artist The Hit Crew)
The next group of music is a selection of classical works from Naxos Music Library.
“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
“Symphonie Fantastique V Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath” composed by Hector Berlioz
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” composed by Paul Dukas
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” composed by Edvard Grieg
“Carmina Burana: O Fortuna” composed by Carl Orff
“Dies Irae” composed by Giuseppe Verdi
“Night on Bald Mountain” composed by Modest Mussorgsky
The last group is a grab bag of albums with different sound effects. Need the sound of a cemetery, witches’ cackle, werewolf howl, the sound of hell or demons, look no further.
I do hope you enjoy these selections and take time to explore Hoopla and Naxos to find other composers and artists. In closing, I will leave you with a piece of advice, particularly relevant in October, from the master of suspense himself Alfred Hitchcock; “It is a good thing to know that if ever you are staring into the darkness and you see something staring back simply say boo and it will go away.”
Thank you and goodnight.