When our kids were very young we would take them to trick-or-treat early and then get them home for their toddler bedtimes. However, our night was far from over.
At the time, I was in the U.S. Air Force and we lived on a military base where children seemed to spontaneously generate. (There has to be something in the water–in the military people are either at work, deployed, or having babies!)
My wife and I enjoyed sitting in front of our townhouse with our two sleeping upstairs, handing out candy to the older kids and talking with our neighbors. I was a military musician after all, so every Halloween I made a spooky playlist to play for all the trick-or-treaters that stopped by.
Here are a few suggestions for you this Thursday. Be sure to give each song a listen before adding it to your playlist—some examples here are from the classical music side of the house, some are light rock, and some a bit edgier. Find what works for you and have fun!
- Night on Bald Mountain–Mussorgsky
- Sacrificial Dance from Rite of Spring–-Stravinsky
- Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet–Prokofiev
- Danse Macabre–Saint-Saëns
- Dies Irae from Requiem Mass–Mozart
- Psycho (movie theme)–Bernard Hermann
- Thriller—Michael Jackson
- Monster Mash—Bobby Picket
- Ghostbusters (movie theme)–Ray Parker Jr.
- Monster’s Holiday–Buck Owens
- Black Magic Woman–Santana
- Witchy Woman–Eagles
- Feed My Frankenstein–Alice Cooper
- Hallowed Be Thy Name–Iron Maiden
- Enter Sandman–Metallica
And there you have it! An eclectic Halloween music playlist in the making. Happy Halloween and be safe!