Halloween music from the movies and tv
Songs with themes relating musically or lyrically to the Halloween season are easy to come by, but in case you're having trouble thinking of some tracks to play at your costume party or to set the atmosphere for trick or treaters, here are some ideas from movies and tv.



TV

Shows are good because they're short and capture a (usually kitchy) theme in a minute or so.
  • The Addams Family by Vic Mizzy.  Additionally, there's the MC Hammer tune "The Addams Groove" from the Addams Family Values soundtrack.
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Funeral March Of A Marionette)
  • Bewitched
  • Dark Shadows
  • The Munsters - Theme by Jack Marshall.  This one has been covered numerous times including by the Ventures and Comateens.  Also,  Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) recorded a novelty song called "Whatever Happened To Eddie?" with lyrics about his character set to the theme of his show.  And then there's Rob Zombie's song "Dragula" which doesn't feature the car in the video.  For the love of Satan!  Why?!
  • Scooby Dooby Doo - Again, there are several cover versions of this including one by the ska/punk band Rancid
  • Tales From The Crypt by Danny Elfman 
  • The Twilight Zone - There is also that Golden Earring song of the same name that doesn't really have anything to do with the Rod Serling show.
  • X-Files Theme - See also the remix by DJ Dado for a more techno take on the original.
Other note-worthy shows/songs:
  • Sesame Street - Countless (see what I did there?) songs by the Count such as "The Song Of The Count."  And because so many of the characters are "monsters," they have done other songs like "The Monster In The Mirror" and "The Monster Mash."  Also, R.E.M. did "Furry Happy Monsters" as a version of their own "Shiny Happy People."
  • Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast had a spin-off called Cartoon Planet in which villain Zorak did a song called "It's Not Easy Being Evil."
  • Supernatural features classic rock songs on an almost weekly basis, usually drawing upon themes in that week's story.
  • The Worst Witch - A tv movie back in 1986 featured Tim Curry singing the terrifically terrible song "Anything Can Happen On Halloween" that I put on my playlist annually.

Movie soundtracks

There's nothing better for setting the mood for a creepy scene than finding music written just for that purpose, and that's what film music is all about.
  • Blair Witch End Theme
  • Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
  • The Exorcist - "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield
  • The Exorcist - "Night of the Electric Insects" by George Crumb (from his piece Black Angels).
  • Theme from Halloween - John Carpenter.  See also cover by Rob Zombie from his remake of the movie and numerous techno remixes.
  • Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound - Christopher Young
  • Jaws Theme - John Williams
  • The Mummy - Jerry Goldsmith
  • The Omen - Also by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Phantasm (1979)
  • Poltergeist - Yet another from Jerry Goldsmith - The End Title (Carol Anne's Theme) in particular.
  • Psycho - Bernard Herrman
  • The Shining

Classical

Many classical pieces have found their way into use in movies and other media precisely because they're like soundtracks for visuals before the fact.  For parties, electronic/techno mixes/covers work well.  Some of the most frequently used:
  • Tocatta & Fugue In D Minor - Bach
  • Carmina Burana (O Fortuna) - Carl Orff
  • Funeral March - Chopin
  • Night on Bald Mountain - Modest Mussorgsky
  • Requiem (Lacrimosa in particular) - Mozart

Musicals

These are great for folks (like me, admittedly) who love to not only dress up but also to get into character and perform.
  • The Nightmare Before Xmas - Danny Elfman.  See also the covers album "Revisited" featuring (among other versions) Marilyn Manson doing "This Is Halloween."
  • Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show - Richard O'Brien.  There are also numerous cover versions of all of the musical's most famous songs.
  • Wizard of Oz - Although it's not technically a Halloween or horror movie, the antagonist is a witch, after all.  To that end, the "Witch on a Bicycle" motif is the default theme for any and all witches.  See also Klaus Nomi's cover of "Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead" (1982).
There are a lot more than these, of course.  See my page on Halloween-themed musicals for a more comprehensive list.


Rock and Pop songs from movies

This ranges the gamut of styles, so it depends on your purpose.  Here again we have kitchy, fun songs, but there are plenty of darker offerings as well, especially for the metal crowd.
  • AC/DC - Tons of songs in Maximum Overdrive: "Who Made Who," "D.T.," "Chase The Ace," "Hells Bells," "For Those About To Rock We Salute You," "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Ride On," "Shake Your Foundations," and "Sink The Pink."
  • Alice Cooper - "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" from Friday the 13th, Part 6: Jason Lives.
  • Annie Lennox - "Love Song For A Vampire" from Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • Class of '99 - "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2" from The Faculty.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Bad Moon Rising" from An American Werewolf in London.
  • Fat Boys - "Are You Ready For Freddy" from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
  • Guns 'n' Roses - "Sympathy For The Devil" (Stones cover) from Interview with the Vampire.
  • Marilyn Manson - "I Put a Spell on You" from Natural Born Killers.
  • Nine Inch Nails - "Dead Souls" (Joy Division cover) from The Crow.
  • Nine Inch Nails - "Fist Fuck" from Resident Evil.
  • Nine Inch Nails - Both "Something I Can Never Have" and "A Warm Place" from Natural Born Killers.
  • Nine Inch Nails - "Closer" from Se7en.
  • Orbital feat. Kirk Hammett - "Satan" from Spawn.
  • Ramones - "Pet Sematary" from Pet Sematary.
  • Ray Parker Jr. - The theme song from Ghostbusters.  Additionally, there are a lot of good remixes and mash-ups of this song.





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