Groans, grunts, screams, scraping, grinding, slashing, laughing, hooting, howling.... Right? How about music? Considering the length of time it has been around, there is no shortage of Halloween music. But it was not always referred to as Halloween. The festival originated with the Celts about 2,000 years ago and was originally called “Samhain.” The term Halloween was born around 1745 and despite the holiday’s gruesome implications, it means “Saints’ evening.” It was the last day of the year at that time and was believed to be the evening when all the spirits who died that year could pass on. Christian missionaries transformed the original festival into a celebration which more closely resembles what we have today. They identified the deities which had been celebrated by the Celts as evil demons and Hallowe’en became associated with monsters, demons and other supernatural haunts! A lot of things to fuel the imagination and a colorful palate for songwriting!
What are some of your favorite Halloween songs?
Send us your favorites and we’ll let you know the top 10!
Here are some of my favorites not in any particular order:
1. This is Halloween (Danny Elfman) 2. Spooky (Classics IV) 3. I Put a Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) 4. Boris the Spider (The Who) 5. Hell’s Bells (AC DC) 6. The Munster’s Theme (Jack Marshall) 7. Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 8. Witchy Woman (Eagles) 9. Thriller (Michael Jackson) 10. Toccata and Fugue (How could there be Halloween music with Bach???)
Give us your votes!