Halloween Novelty Albums

Some of these are much better than others and, in fact, some of these are quite bad... but that only makes them hilarious.  Music being at least as subjective an experience as any other, I'm putting all these out here without judgment (i.e., I'm attempting more to describe than review them).  You can find most of these in music blogs around the web.  There are links at the bottom of the page to several where I found many of these albums.  The "???" question marks are next to a few albums I haven't gotten around to listening to yet, hence there's no review.


The Addams Family
This is simply merchandising for the show more than anything substantial.  It's mostly instrumental tracks.  Contrast this with the 2nd Munsters album.
01 - The Addams Family- Main Theme
02 - Uncle Fester's Blues
03 - Gomez
04 - Morticia's Theme
05 - Lurch's Theme
06 - One, Little Two, Little Three Little Tombstones
07 - Thing
08 - Laugh- I Thought I'd Die!
09 - On Shroud No. 9
10 - The Addams House
11 - Hide and Shriek
12 - The Anxiety Tango
13 - The Addams Family- Main Theme (vocal)

Alfred Hitchcock Ghost Stories
The director who is almost a character unto himself presents a series of short ghost stories.  Nothing special here, but it's a fun record for those who like audio-only theater along a Halloween theme.
01 - Hitchcock 1
02 - The Haunted And The Haunters (The Pirate's Curse)
03 - Hitchcock 2
04 - The Magician ('Til Death Do Us Part)
05 - Hitchcock 3
06 - Johnny Takes A Dare (The More The Merrier)
07 - Hitchcock 4
08 - Hitchcock 5
09 - The Open Window by Saki (special Adaptation)
10 - Hitchcock 6
11 - The Helpful Hitchhiker
12 - Hitchcock 7
13 - Jimmy Takes Vanishing Lessons by W. R. Brooks
14 - Hitchcock 8

Bob McFadden and Dor - Songs Our Mummy Taught Us (1959)
Not all of these are Halloween songs, but they're all novelty songs.  Silly stuff from an era full of silly novelty songs.
01 - The Mummy
02 - The Shreik Of Agony (Shreik Of Agony-Cha Cha Cha)
03 - Shake, Rattle And Roll
04 - I Dig You Baby
05 - Frankie And Igor At A Rock And Roll Party
06 - Noisy Village
07 - Son Of The Mummy
08 - More Sing Along With The Mummy
09 - Bingo
10 - The Children Cross The Bridge_ Inter_ Colonel Bogey March
11 - The Beat Generation
12 - The Beverly Hills Telephone Directory Cha Cha Cha

Bobby Boris Pickett - Monster Mash (1962)
The title track is probably the closest thing Halloween has to an equivalent of "Jingle Bells."  The rest of the album never caught on quite so well, but it's more novelty material along the same lines, i.e., songs sung in character.
01 - Monster Mash
02 - Rabian-The Fiendage Idol
03 - Blood Bank Blues
04 - Graveyard Shift
05 - Skully Gully
06 - Wolfbane
07 - Monster Minuet
08 - Transylvania Twist
09 - Sinister Stomp
10 - Me & My Mummy
11 - Monster Motion
12 - Monster Mash Party
13 - Irresistible Igor
14 - Bella's Bash
15 - Let's Fly Away
16 - Monster's Holiday

Bomboras - Head Shrinkin' Fun
I'm not sure why surf-rock is so frequently lumped in with Halloween music.  Maybe it's the tritones and guitars full of reverb.  Everything sounds a bit like Jack Marshall's Munster's Theme.  This album is mostly instrumental with fun bits like fake commercials thrown in for atmosphere.
01 - Land Of The One Percenters
02 - War Of The Satellites
03 - Project Zero
04 - Run And Hide
05 - Go-Go Bombora
06 - Adventures Through Inner Space
07 - Night Of The Bomboras
08 - HotLine
09 - Beyond The Sound Of Time
10 - Mystery Planet
11 - Keep In Touch
12 - Swingin' On Pier 13
13 - Mile Zero
14 - Playa De Los Muertos
15 - You've Got To Get In Line

Bram Stoker - Schizo-Poltergeist (1972)
Psychedelic rock, but better than most of what falls under that unfortunate heading.  In fact, the keyboardist here could seriously give Rick Wakeman a run for his money.  It's not really a Halloween album, but most pieces would make for a decent soundtrack if the genre wasn't so dated.
01 - Born to be free
02 - Ants
03 - Fast decay
04 - Blitz
05 - Idiot
06 - Fingacs cave
07 - Extensive corrosion
08 - Poltergeist

Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures
It's a bit too country-rock for it to really work for me, but the songs are really fun.  This was on Rob Zombie's record label Zombie A Go Go.
01 - Zombie a Go Go
02 - Transylvania Terror Train
03 - Dr. Demon _ The Robot Girl
04 - Headless Hip Shakin_ Honey
05 - Macon County Morgue
06 - Honky Tonk Halloween
07 - Day of the Dead
08 - Creeps for Cushing
09 - Redneck Vixen from Outerspace
10 - Two Headed Teenage Transplant

Carol Darr and Mark Masuoka - Spearhead Marketing (1975)
This was a neat idea to have a walk-through for hosting a Halloween/horror party where you do pranks like giving a blind-folded guest peeled a grape and telling him/her it's an eyeball, only with additional sound effects to go along with things (provided you get the timing right and coordinate with your record player).
01 - Party Instructions To Be Used With Halloween Party Guide Book
02 - Haunted House Story

Children of the Night - Dinner with Drac (1976)
I don't know aboutthing about these guys other than that they recorded this one album.  It's half (cover) songs and half weak sketch comedy, all done with impressions of the monsters included.  There's even an odd take on Bob McFadden's "The Mummy."  The funniest thing is that the cover of Zacherle's "Dinner With Drac" is sung doing an impression of Dracula, meaning he's "singing" about himself in third person.  WTF?
01 - Dinner With Drac
02 - The Invitation
03 - Monster Time
04 - The Wolfman
05 - The Mummy
06 - Transylvania
07 - The Bat
08 - The Arrival
09 - Little Green Riding Hood
10 - Dracula's Undying Love
11 - Dinner Is Served
12 - Dinner With Drac

Creed Taylor Orchestra - Panic
These are mini cinematic scenes painted in music (although there's often bits of generic dialog and/or sound effects thrown in).  This plays a bit like an audition real for someone wanting to compose soundtracks for a living, but it's not amateur material by any means.
01 - You're Driving Me Crazy
02 - The Prison Break
03 - The Operation
04 - Wreck of Old '97
05 - Out of This World
06 - Lion Act
07 - Heartaches
08 - Rain
09 - Alpine Honeymoon
10 - A Shot in the Dark
11 - The Fastest Gun
12 - No Smoking

Creed Taylor Orchestra - Shock
More of the same.
01 - Heart Beat
02 - The Crank
03 - Gloomy Sunday
04 - The Secret
05 - Jungle Fever
06 - The Long Walk
07 - Haunted House
08 - Spellbound
09 - In Bedlam
10 - Time Runs Out
11 - High On A Windy Hill
12 - So Peaceful In The Country

Dean Gitter - Ghost Ballads
Folksy songs about ghosts.  No surprise there.  It isn't bad, but I know it's not really most folks' thing.  Had I produced it, I would have encorporated more sound effects and additional instrumentation for atmosphere, where appropriate.
01 - Anne Boleyn
02 - The Phantom Stagecoach
03 - Skin And Bones
04 - The Unquiet Grave
05 - Finnegan's Wake
06 - Sweet Williams Ghost
07 - The Flying Dutchman
08 - The Suffolk Miracle
09 - Miss Bailey's Ghost
10 - The Reapers Ghost
11 - The Lady Gay
12 - Lost Jimmie Whelan

Dick Jacobs - Themes from Horror Movies (1959)
The only real novelty about this is the short spoken introductions to each track in a spooky voice (I'm not sure by whom, unfortunately).  Otherwise this is a compilation of original recordings of existing compositions.
01 - Main Title The Son of Dracula
02 - Theme From The Incredible Shrinking Man
03 - Shooting Stars from This Island Earth
04 - Treacherous Trek from The Mole People
05 - Main title from The House of Frankenstein
06 - Dracula's Feast from The Horror of Dracula
07 - Monster Attacks from The Creature from the Black Lagoon
08 - Visitors from It Came from Outer Space
09 - Stalking the Creature from The Creature Walks Among Us
10 - Winged Death from The Deadly Mantis
11 - Theme from Tarantula
12 - Main Title from Horror of Dracula
13 - Main Title from The Revenge of the Creature
14 - Main Title from This Island Earth

Dickie Goodman - Monster Album
There are a few covers on this album, and the rest are derivative of other songs (in style if nothing else), but it's a great party album regardless.
01 - The Ghoul From Ipanema
02 - Frankenstein Meets the Beatles
03 - Werewolf Waltz
04 - Haunted House
05 - Monster Mash
06 - My Baby Loves Monster Movies
07 - Dracula Drag
08 - Blood & Butter
09 - A Hard Day's Night
10 - Monster Talk
11 - Purple People Eater
12 - Mambo Mummy

Don Hinson And His Rigormorticians - Monster Dance Party
This whole album is 100% fun.  It's terrific.  Just silly songs with a silly sound to them.
01 - Monster Mash
02 - Monster Jerk
03 - Do The Rigormortis
04 - Robbin' Graves
05 - Werewolf Watusi
06 - Monster Swim
07 - Riboflavin Flavored, Non Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood
08 - Phantom of the A Go-Go
09 - Monster Dance Party
10 - Monster Surf Stomp
11 - That Little Old Graverobber Me
12 - Home in the Castle East.mp

Doo Wop Halloween Is A Scream
Not really a novelty record so much as a collection of classic Halloween recordings from the late '50s through the mid-'60s, back when novelty songs could get airplay.  This is one of those albums that works all the way through at a party.
01 - 4 Flops - Trick Or Treat
02 - Magics - Zombie Walk
03 - Nightmares - Headless Ghost
04 - Frankie & Newports - Monster Mash
05 - Poets - Dead
06 - Hollywood Flames - Frankenstein's Den
07 - Newports - I'm In The Ground For Good
08 - King Flash & The Calypso Carnival - Zombie Jamboree
09 - Verdicts - Mummy's Ball
10 - Chotalls - Queen Of Halloween
11 - Calvanes - Horror Pictures
12 - Nu-Trends - Spooksville
13 - Frankie & The Fashions - Witch Doctor
14 - Revels - Dead Man's Stroll
15 - Duponts - Screamin' Ball
16 - Denis And The Double-Dates - That Halloween Night
17 - Crewnecks - Rockin' Zombie
18 - Swinging Phillies - Frankenstein's Party-
19 - Pete And The Bloodsuckers - My Baby Likes Scary Movies
20 - Bill Riley - Nightmare Mash
21 - Companions - Dorothy, My Monster
22 - Archie King - The Vampire
23 - Denny And Lenny With The Hollywood Ghouls - Monster's Love
24 - Big Bee Kornegay And Group - At The House Of Frankenstein
25 - Bill Buchanan - Beware
26 - Zane Brothers - Dracula
27 - Crystalairs - Dr Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde

Eddie and the Monsters- Whatever Happened To Eddie (1983)
This was a one-off single by Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster back in the '60s.  The first song is set to the theme from his former tv series and is about his character.  That alone made it Dr. Demento material right there.
01 - Whatever Happened To Eddie
02 - Little Monsters

Electric Moog Orchestra - Close Encounters
In contrast with the Star Wars album below, this is pretty much a note-for-note rendition of one of John Williams' three or four best soundtracks, only through a '70s style synth.  Given the nature of the film (i.e., music and aliens), the compositions are well-suited for the music.
01 - Main Title And Mountain Visions
02 - Nocturnal Pursuit
03 - The Abduction Of Barry
04 - The Arrival Of Sky Harbor
05 - Galactic Force
06 - The Conversation
07 - The Appearance Of The Visitors
08 - Resolution And End Title
09 - Space Symphony

Electric Moog Orchestra - Star Wars
A much freer interpretation of this score.  Whether that makes this a better or worse listening experience depends on your point of view.  I lean the in direction of preferring that something is "interesting" rather than "accurate."  I mean, if you want the music performed exactly like the original, that's probably what you should be listening to.
01 - Main Title
02 - Princess Leia's Theme
03 - Imperial Attack
04 - Ben's Death and Tie Fighter Attack
05 - Cantina Band
06 - The Throne Roon and End Titles

Evening With Boris Karloff
It's Karloff introducing excerpts from various Universal Monster movies with a few brief anecdotes.
01 - Introduction
02 - Dracula
03 - All About The Monster
04 - Frankenstein
05 - The Mummy
06 - The Bride of Frankenstein
07 - The Son of Frankenstein
08 - The Wolf Man
09 - The House of Frankenstein
10 - Finale

Famous Monsters Speak
Sort of a radio drama, not music or a strictly sound effects record.  Unfortunately, it lacks a story and feels much more like a character study, hence the title.  It's just Dracula Frankenstein's monster talking for a while on each side of the LP.
01 - Dracula Speaks
02 - The Thoughts of Frankenstein's Creation

Forrest J. Ackerman & Frank Coe - Music For Robots (1964)
The famous writer/editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland delivers a thorough history of robots in film and literature on the first side/track, then Frank Coe makes a lot of beep-boop sound effects that play like musique concrete, which hypothetically sounds good to robots.
01 - Tin Age Story
02 - Tone Tales From Tomorrow

Frankie Stein And His Ghouls - Introducing Frankie Stein And His Ghouls (Monster Sounds and Dance Music) (1963 or '64?)
All of the Frankie Stein And His Ghouls albums were basically generic instrumental attempts at the pop music of the day: blues and surf rock, all with misc. sound effects of monsters and murders.  It's not really Halloween enough for me at all, but it's silly enough to be listenable.
01 - Weerdo the Wolf
02 - Goon River
03 - A Hearse is Not a Home
04 - 3 Little Weirds
05 - Lullabye of Ghost Land
06 - Knives and Lovers
07 - Little Ghoul Blue
08 - Ghoul Days
09 - Little Brown Bug
10 - Neck Twist

Frankie Stein And His Ghouls - Shock! Terror! Fear! (1964)
01 - Who's Afraid Of Weerdo Wolf (Watusi)
02 - Bodies Under The Bridge (Swim, Twist)
03 - Slay Boy (Fox Trot, Hully Gully)
04 - Horror Staccato (Monkey, Lindy)
05 - Ankle Twist (Twist)
06 - Doom At Midnight (Frug)
07 - Stoned (Monkey, Watusi)
08 - Stoned Again (Monkey, Watusi, Lindy, Twist)
09 - The Ghostman Rings Twice (Mashed Potato)
10 - Doomsday (Fox Trot)

Frankie Stein And His Ghouls - Ghoul Music (1965)
01 - What Kind Of Ghoul Am I (Mashed Potato)
02 - Mummy's Little Boy (Monkey, Twist)
03 - Good Noose (Fox Trot)
04 - The Wrist Twist (Twist)
05 - Shoot-A-Nanny (Swim, Surf)
06 - Elbow Twist (Twist)
07 - Fly Me To The Goon (Hully Gully)
08 - Chained (Swim)
09 - A Taste Of Poison (Surf)
10 - Monster Motion (Watusi)

Frankie Stein And His Ghouls - Monster Melodies (1965)
01 - Doctor Spook (Twist)
02 - In A Groovy Grave (Watusi)
03 - Frog Frug (Frug)
04 - Melancholy Monster (Hully Gully)
05 - Haunted House (Slow Rock, Surf)
06 - Ghoulish Heart (Hully Gully, Twist)
07 - Dressed To Kill (Fox Trot)
08 - All Choked Up (Surf)
09 - Swingin' Head (Swim)
10 - Ain't Got No Body (Mashed Potato)

Frankie Stein And His Ghouls - Monster Sounds and Dance Music (1965)
01 - The Creep (Twist)
02 - Be Carefull It's My Throat (Frug)
03 - Dreamin' And Screamin' (Mashed Potato)
04 - Chills (Hully Gully)
05 - Dance Of Doom (Monkey, Watusi)
06 - Mummy's Little Monster (Hully Gully)
07 - Kiss Of Death (Slow Rock, Shimmy, Twist)
08 - Body Twist (Twist)
09 - Bat And Cat (Fox Trot)
10 - Saturday Evening Ghost (Surf, Twist)

More info about Frankie can be found here: http://www.rogersbasement.com/Frankie.htm

Freddy Kruger - Freddy's Greatest Hits
I realize sort of musical merchandising has been done before with thoroughly non-musical shows like The Munsters and The Addams Family (as covered elsewhere on this page), but this is especially silly and awkward because it's so hard to take it seriously and yet too weird to laugh at outright.  It's mostly female singers (sometimes solo; sometimes chorusing) with ad libs and single lines by Freddy.  Listening to this twenty or thirty years after the fact, it's all the more dated by the keyboards and hair-metal guitar covering classic songs from the '50s and '60s.  Very bizarre.
01 - Do The Freddy

02 - Obsession
03 - Wooly Bully
04 - Don't Sleep
05 - In The Midnight Hour
06 - Dance Or Else
07 - All I Have To Do Is Dream
08 - Down In The Boiler Room
09 - Elm Street Dreams

Gene Moss and the Monsters - Dracula's Greatest Hits (1964)
A hilarious collection of mostly song parodies.  You already know the melody to some of these (for example, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" becomes "I Want To Bite Your Hand"; they've just become Halloween-ized for your amusement and party-fication.
01 - I Want To Bite Your Hand
02 - Drac The Knife
03 - King Kong Stomp
04 - Monster Hootenanny
05 - Ghoul Days
06 - Frankenstein
07 - The New Frankenstein And Johnny Song
08 - Monster Goose Rhymes
09 - Surf Monster
10 - Monster Bossa Nova
11 - Carry Me Back To Transylvania
12 - Little Black Bag
13 - The Shrimpenstein Song (Bonus)

Ghouls - Dracula's Deuce
Sounds vaguely like a Beach Boys album with Halloween thrown in.  I liked it.
01 - Dracula's Deuce
02 - Dracula's Theme
03 - Little Old Lady From Transylvania
04 - Weird Wolf
05 - Be True To Your Ghoul
06 - Shake, Rattle & Rot
07 - Monsterbilly Heaven
08 - Blood & Butter
09 - Graveyard Shift
10 - Voo Doo Juice
11 - Bela Be Good
12 - Coffin Nails

Halloween Hootenanny (Various Artists) (1998)
Rob Zombie put out this album (and makes an appearance) on his Zombie A-Go-Go label.  It's the closest thing to a Halloween novelty album in modern times, and it showcases a lot of what I would consider "Halloween bands" like the Ghastly Ones while also featuring horror host John Zacherle as well.  And it's a mix of originals and classics like the Munster's theme, Screamin' Jay Hawkins "Little Demon," and CCR's "Sinister Purpose."  You never came home with a bag of candy so sweet as this!
01 - Halloween Hootenanny - Zacherle
02 - Halloween (She Get So Mean) - Rob Zombie
03 - The Halloween Dance - Reverend Horton Heat
04 - A Fistful Of Terror - The Bomboras
05 - Werewolf - Southern Culture On The Skids
06 - Gravewalk - Satan's Pilgrims
07 - Ribcage Mambo - Frenchy
08 - I Drink Blood - Rocket From The Crypt
09 - Little Demon - The Amazing Crowns
10 - No Costume, No Candy - Swingin' Neckbreakers
11 - 'The Munsters' Theme - Los Straitjackets
12 - Sinister Purpose - Zacherle with Southern Culture on the Skids
13 - Werewolves On Wheels - The Born Losers
14 - Psychic Voodoo Doll - Deadbolt
15 - Banshee Beach - The Ghastly Ones
16 - The Creature Stole My Surfboard - Dead Elvi
17 - Extrasensory Deception - David Allan/Phantom Surfers
18 - Spooks Night Out - Legendary Invisible Men
19 - Happy Halloween - Zacherle

Hans Conreid and Alice Pearce - Monster Rally
Just a fun set of songs with Halloween/sci-fi/monster themes.  I really liked it.  The fact that there are two vocalists give it a lot of variety.
01 - Monster rally
02 - Flying Saucer
03 - Close the Door
04 - The Dracula Trot
05 - Not of This Earth
06 - (I'm In Love With) The Creature from the Black lagoon
07 - What Do You Hear From the Red Planet
08 - The Thing
09 - Mostly Ghostly
10 - The Purple people eater
11 - The Invisible man
12 - Take us To Your President

Jimmie Haskell Orchestra - Count Down
All instrumental, but it's like the soundtrack to a '50s sci-fi movie, any one of those amateur attempts to make "2001" without a budget or any knowledge of science.  Dated and all the more enjoyable for it.
01 - Count-Down - Blast Off
02 - Weightless Blues
03 - Rockin' In The Orbit
04 - Starlight
05 - Hydrazine
06 - Moon Mist
07 - We Get Messages
08 - Moonlight Cha Cha Cha
09 - Astrosonic
10 - Venus
11 - Asteroid Hop
12 - Homeward Earth

???Johnson Smith Novelty Company (1973)
01 - Horror Record (Side One)
02 - Horror Record (Side Two)

Lionel Barrymore - Hallowe'en: A Musical Fantasy (MGM, 10-A, 78 RPM, 1945)
A classical piece with running voice-over narration along the lines of "Peter and the Wolf."  Dated but interesting in its own way.  Not really all that Halloween-oriented though, at least by modern definitions of the holiday.
01 - Hallowe'en Side 1 of 6
02 - Hallowe'en Side 2 of 6
03 - Hallowe'en Side 3 of 6
04 - Hallowe'en Side 4 of 6
05 - Hallowe'en Side 5 of 6
06 - Hallowe'en Side 6 of 6

???Lucille Wood, Marni Nixon & William Schallert Halloween_ A Book-Recording Set (1960s)
01 - Halloween Music (Instrumental)
02 - Halloween Sounds (Poem)
03 - Halloween Pictures (Poem)
04 - Tiptoe (Instrumental)
05 - Magic Song
06 - Goblins (Song)
07 - Tiptoe (Instrumental)
08 - Halloween Cats (Song)
09 - Tiptoe (Instrumental)
10 - Jack-O'-Lantern (Song)
11 - I'm A Little Jack-O'-Lantern (Song)
12 - Tiptoe (Instrumental)
13 - Halloween Ghosts (Song)
14 - Tiptoe (Instrumental)
15 - Five Witches (Song Game)
16 - Midnight Tiptoe Out
17 - Halloween Music (Instrumental)
18 - A Halloween Story
19 - Halloween Parade (Smugglers By Deems Taylor)
20 - Ballet Dancer (Waltz By Jurey)
21 - Robot (Theme For Percussion Instruments)
22 - March Of The Princess (March By Haydn)
23 - Horses (By Jurey)
24 - Spaceman (Excerpt From Children's Symphony)
25 - Monsters (Walk By Jurey)
26 - Run (By Jurey)
27 - Read Along Soundtrack

Milton Delugg - Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies and other TV Fiends
Really jazzed-up versions of these theme, usually leaning toward '60s-era big band style.  They are usually fairly faithful to the original compositions, but there's a playful quality to the arrangements that takes them somewhere other than this being just a cover album.
01 - The Munsters
02 - The Addams Family
03 - Creature From Under The Sea
04 - The Thing
05 - Bewtiched
06 - Frankenstein
07 - Ghost Meets Ghoul
08 - King Kong
09 - Hitchcock TV Theme
10 - The Mummy
11 - Dracula
12 - The Outer Limits Theme

Milton DeLugg (as The Vampires) - At The Monster Ball (1964)
A jazzy cross between the Frankie Stein records and Hans Conreid and Alice Pearce's "Monster Rally."  It's wacky, insane fun songs that are more instrumental than anything, only the dialog inserted is delivered in an almost musical improvisational way.  Hard to describe since there's nothing else like it, but fun to listen to because there's nothing else like it.
01 - Don't Just Stand There
02 - The Whip
03 - Igor
04 - The Head Shrinker
05 - Natasha
06 - Have A Nice Cup Of Poison
07 - Wormy Figs
08 - Prisoner Of Zelda
09 - The Creep
10 - Mud Is Thicker Than Blood
11 - The Chase"
12 - Four Little Monsters"

Monster Christmas Mash
It seems like this is an attempt to do (on vinyl) something like a cross between Rankin & Bass' "Mad Monster Party" and Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas," but both of those were more original whereas some of this album is just monsters singing xmas carols.
01 - Intro, Creep Castle
02 - It's Christmas Or Us
03 - The Reason For Treason
04 - If I Don't Get To Go To A Christmas Party...
05 - The Acient And Honorable Society Of Monsters, Witches, Werewolves, Zombies & Etceteras
06 - We'll Do Anything For You
07 - We Must Give Him A Party, Right Now
08 - Monster Christmas Mash
09 - The Guest Of Honor
10 - The Creep Castle Chorus, Marching Band & Disecting Society
12 - For He's A Jolly Good Monster, We Wish You A Hairy Christmas, Auld Lang Syne
13 - Santa's Mistake
15 - Which Witch is Which
16 - It's So Good To See You
17 - Double Trouble
18 - Who Wants To Kiss A Monster
19 - We Want To
20 - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
21 - Deck The Halls
22 - Silent Night
23 - Oh Come All Ye Faithful
24 - Joy To The World
25 - Now I Must Sing One For You
26 - Jingle Bells
27 - Surely There Must Be Something You Want For Christmas
28 - All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
29 - Back To His Old Horrible Self
30 - (Reprise)

???Mp-Tv Services, Inc
01 - Spook Stuff For Hallowe'en (Side One)
02 - Spook Stuff For Hallowe'en (Side Two)

Munsters - The Munsters L.P.
More merchandising like the Addams Family record at the top of the page.  This is one of those "songs inspired by" albums.  It's sung by an anonymous teen group from the era.  Kind of funny, really.
01 - Munster Creep
02 - Frankenstein Had A Hot Rod Car
03 - $1.98 King Size Voodoo Kit
04 - Vampire Vamp
05 - Herman's Place
06 - (Here Comes The) Munster Coach
07 - T.V. Monster Show
08 - Eerie Beach
09 - Make It Go Away
10 - You Created A Monster
11 - Ride The Midnight Special
12 - Down In The Basement

Munsters - The Munsters at Home
A much more authentic album than the above.  The cast actually appears throughout *and* it's something of a concept album with Herman giving the listener a tour of the family home and introducing him to the characters, each of whom sings and/or performs some sketch comedy.  It's not exactly highbrow stuff, but it's like an audio/musical episode of the tv series.
01 - At The Munsters (Theme Song With Words)
03 - It Takes All Kinds Of People
04 - Everyone Is Welcome
05 - Meet Morticia
06 - Meet Our Pets!
07 - Meet Grandpa!
08 - Grandpa's Lab - The ABC Song
09 - Eddie!
10 - I Wish Everyone Was Born This Way
11 - When Will I Find A Boy For Me (Marilyn)
12 - Nice Of You To Drop In
13 - Knock Upon Our Door
14 - Herman's Favorite Story
15 - Lily's Favorite Story
16 - Grandpa's Favorite Recipe
17 - Riveting Munsters Theme Song

Night In A Graveyard_ Recorded Live On The Estate Of Count Dracula (1985)
A sound effects record, but what is relatively unique about it is the concentration around a theme.  Most sound fx collections are just that: collections of sounds within a genre.  This is more like the repository of sounds recorded for use in a specific production, which is kind of cool.
01 - Night In A Graveyard

02 - Wind
03 - Thunder & Rain
04 - Bats
05 - Ghouls Groaning
06 - Monsters Stalking
07 - Werewolves Howling
08 - Animal Monsters
09 - Werewolves Howling 2
10 - Werewolves Howling 3
11 - Monsters Stalking 2
12 - Grave Digging
13 - Ghouls Groaning 2
14 - Animal Monsters 2
15 - Laughing Gremlins
16 - Squeaking Gates
17 - Crunching Bones
18 - Grave Digging
19 - Screaming
20 - Screaming 2
21 - Crying
22 - Midnight Music

Nightmare (1960)
A totally over-the-top reading of two of the best-known Edgar Allan Poe stories in melodramatic style with lots of reverb and the most popular sound effects of the day (i.e., it's carbon-dated by its very sound).  This is all a bit distracting from the stories and, frankly, is a disservice to them, but it's interesting for that very same distraction.  You've already read the stories anyway, haven't you?
01 - The Tell-Tale Heart

02 - The Pit and the Pendulum

Oscar Brand - Trick Or Treat
A good kids record with Oscar singing songs and relating trivia about Halloween.  The songs are all the same style, but he sells it convincingly.
01 - Trick Or Treat
02 - Hallowe'en, Hallowe'en
03 - Grumbler
04 - The Bold Fisherman
05 - Clementine
06 - Tam Pierce
07 - The Useless Ghost
08 - The Peanut Stand
09 - Trick Or Treat
10 - The Two Magicians
11 - There Was A Man Who Lived In The Moon
12 - Tam O'lynn
13 - Jolly Stories, Jolly Told
14 - The Devil's Question
15 - The Farmer's Wife & The Devil
16 - Jack Of The Lantern
17 - I'm Afraid Of The Dark
18 - Trick Or Treat

Screaming Lord Sutch - The Screaming Lord Sutch Story
The white/British version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins.  This is a collection of his early singles, the earliest of which read like a Halloween party playlist.  It's very '60 British Invasion.
01 - Til The Following Night
02 - Jack The Ripper
03 - Black & Hairy
04 - She's Fallen In Love (With The Monster Man)
05 - Purple People Eater
06 - Monster In Black Tights
07 - Dracula's Daughter
08 - Good Golly Miss Molly
09 - Don't You Just Know It
10 - I'm A Hog For You Baby
11 - Come Back Baby
12 - The Train Kept A Rollin'
13 - Honey Hush
14 - Bye Bye Baby
15 The Cheat

Sesame Street - Monsters
Exactly what you'd expect.  Sesame Street has always and purposely over-extended the definition of "monster" into felt-covered loveable creatures, the thinking being that kids will assume there's no need to fear monsters.  It's an interesting work-around to the epistemologically-impossible problem of proving the non-existence of something.  Yes, compklex philosophy behind a collection of silly songs for pre-schoolers.
01 - The Lovable Monsters of Sesame Street
02 - I Grover
03 - Five Monsters in My Family
04 - I Can't Help It
05 - I Want a Monster to Be My Friend
06 - Frazzle
07 - The End of Side One
08 - We'll Do It Together
09 - Fur
10 - Cookie's Rhyming Song
11 - Monster's Lullaby
12 - Games Monsters Play
13 - Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monsters

Southern Culture on the Skids - Zombified (original release)
Fun album of originals and covers, all with Halloween themes.  There's a cover of Kip Tyler's "She's My Witch" and an instrumental version of CCR's "Sinister Purpose."
01 - Ghost
02 - Zombified
03 - Undertaker
04 - Swamp Thing
05 - She's My Witch
06 - Bloodsucker
07 - Sinister Purpose
08 - Torture
09 - Devil's Stompin' Ground

Southern Culture on the Skids - Zombified (extended reissue)
Expanded version of the above.  The new songs were composed for a B-movie and simply never made it into the film before it was released, so these orphaned tracked were included with the repackaged original release.  Incidentally, "Ghost" was not included, but it's only a 23 second-long instrumental.  I didn't do a thorough track-by-track comparison to the original release, but I noticed that "Swamp Thing" on the original was a full minute shorter than the differently-spelled "Swamp Thang" on this disc, hence the altered title.  They're the same music, however.
01 - Zombified
02 - Undertaker
03 - Swamp Thang
04 - She's My Witch
05 - Bloodsucker
06 - Sinister Purpose
07 - Torture
08 - Devil's Stomping Ground
09 - Bats Are Sleeping
10 - Idol With The Glowin' Eyes
11 - The Creeper
12 - Eyeball You Later
13 - Primitive

Vincent Price - Vincent Price Sings
This really isn't an album, just a collection of audio-rips of Mr. Price singing, usually from movies.  However, the stand-out track (aside, perhaps, from the vaguely disco-ish version of "The Monster Mash") is the voice-over session from Michael Jackson's Thriller that contains an additional verse!
01 - Excerpt From Thriller Voice-Over Session
02 - The Color Of Your Eyes
03 - The Monster Mash
04 - To Get Out of This World Alive
05 - Pork Chops
06 - Moody And Sad
07 - Thriller Rap
08 - Over The Rainbow
09 - The Two Of Us
10 - Rub My Roast
11 - The World's Greatest Criminal Mind
12 - Strange But True Football Stories
13 - You've Got A Friend
14 - The Easter Bunny Always Sleeps
15 - Voice-Over Session From Thriller

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01 - die Folterkammer des Dr. Sex
02 - Crime and Horror
03 - der Feuerdrachen
03 - Mord im Ohio-express
05 - Tanz der Vampire
06 - Hallo, mister Hitchcock
07 - der Henker von Dartmoore
08 - Ende eines Killers
09 - die Wasserleiche
10 - eine Handvoll Nitro
11 - Dr. Caligari's Gruselkabinett
12 - Frankenstein gru¦êsst Alpha 7

Wade Denning and Kay Lande - Halloween Games, Stories and Songs (1969)
This is a children's record from way back, and the buzz on the internet points to the fact that a lot of folks grew up listening to this, and still do nostalgically.
01 - Halloween
02 - The Pumpkin Tells
03 - A Weird Happening
04 - The Strange Three
05 - Guess What I Am
06 - Halloween Dance
07 - She's Stuck On A Broomstick
08 - Lil' Orphan Annie
09 - Witch's Stew
10 - Pass The Witch's Broomstick

Wade Denning - Sounds of Terror (1974)
Starts out with a cover of  "The Monster Mash," then every other track is a vignette of sound effects introduced by some narration to establish the scene.  Each of these draws inspiration from specific classic horror narratives.
01 - Monster Mash
02 - The Werewolf Attacks
03 - Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Hyde
04 - Frankenstein Returns
05 - Jack The Ripper
06 - King Kong
07 - Count Dracula
08 - The Headless Horseman
09 - The Mummy's Revenge
10 - Phantom Of The Opera
11 - Buried Alive
12 - Burned At The Stake
13 - The Exorcism
14 - The Incredible Giant Crab
15 - Victims Of The Guillotine
16 - Curse Of The Zombies
17 - Keel-Hauled
18 - The Torture Chamber
19 - The Blob
20 - The Nightmare Of Lost Souls

Note that I focused primarily on musical albums because that's been my focus throughout this portion of the site.  However, there are plenty of sound effects and/or spoken-word story albums out there as well, many of which are spotlighted in the blogs below.


Links

Here are some great musical blogs, some of which share the albums above.  At the very least they spotlight them and provide covers and more in-depth coverage than I make space for here.

http://www.thevanorsdels.com/George_Van_Orx.html

http://monster-shindig.blogspot.com/


http://magiccarpetburn.blogspot.com/


http://goodnightwhateveryouare.blogspot.com


http://universalhorrorsounds.blogspot.com


http://vinnierattolle.blogspot.com


http://scarstuff.blogspot.com/

http://monsterspookshowradio.blogspot.com/


   

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