Saturday, 21 October 2017

Get Your Spook on - the Perfect Music for Your Halloween Party!

I love Halloween. The creepy music, the gratuitous use of fake blood, the perfect excuse to wear a witch's hat to your lectures.

(Objection! You've never done that.)

No, I haven't, but damn do I wish I had the confidence.

Whether you're having a party or not, there's no time like Halloween to update your playlist with a few spooky songs. Here are a few ideas.

This Mash-Up by Peter Hollens and Bailey Pelkman

I came across this the other day. It's a mash-up of the utterly haunting 'Come Little Children' and a song called 'The Hanging Tree' which was...not what I was expecting.

(She was expecting the Blackmore's Night song.)

I was expecting the Blackmore's Night song.

The vocals are brilliant and, let's be honest, these two songs are sinister enough on their own. Adding them together is genius.

Folk Music

I don't know a lot of people who listen to folk music, which is sad because there are some unearthly gems in that genre. 

A couple of years ago, when I was doing some Halloween baking, I came across a song called 'Mordred's Lullaby' by Heather Dale. It's absolutely bone-chilling, which is fitting given that Mordred is either Arthur's nephew or illegitimate son via incest and also destined to kill him. Just your average mythical family. Most of the Heather Dale songs I've come across are based on folktales or myths (she has an entire album on Arthurian mythology alone). There are some about monsters ('Medusa', 'Changeling Child', 'Skeleton Woman') and some about battles ('War Between Brothers'). Even if you're not a Halloween person, I'd recommend her music to anyone who writes. It's great for atmosphere.

You might also want to check out the folk rock duo Blackmore's Night. They have a song called 'The Hanging Tree' from the perspective of the eponymous tree, songs about monsters ('Loreley'), songs about tragic historical figures ('Catherine Howard's Fate')... You should also check out 'The Circle', which always makes me think of witches for some reason.

Metal Music

Not to sound like an emo teen cliche, but you can never go wrong with Evanescence. Everyone knows 'Bring Me to Life', of course, but they have some other great numbers for the spookiest holiday of the year. The utterly haunting 'Lithium' and 'Hello', for example, or 'Tourniquet', which contains themes of religion and death. They also have a song called 'Haunted', which is just too topical not to play.

Whilst we're talking about metal music, there's a band called Skillet who have a song about being a monster (fittingly entitled 'Monster').


*Cracks knuckles* Now we're getting somewhere. Before we descend on the West End, I'd like to remind you that The Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas are both musicals.
My personal favourite from those films is 'Tears to Shed' from The Corpse Bride.

On the musical front, I don't think there's a more sorrowful song out there than 'I Dreamed a Dream' from Les Miserables. There's 'No One Mourns the Wicked' (from Wicked, obviously) and 'Burn' from Hamilton, if you fancy something a little more vengeful. You should also check out the Heathers soundtrack simply because it's the most morbid musical ever. 

Happy Halloweening.

What are your Halloween plans? Do you know what you're going to be on the spookiest night of the year?