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Them Ol' Halloween Blues
The Methodists got a strong hold on my Grandmama in my teen years. Not that she ever allowed me to participate in Halloween festivities anyway. “Is the devils birthday." She would spit through her dentures, cracking on a piece of pork skin. Rocking in her wooden rocker that sat below the old tapestry of an Anglo Christ that hung in the den. She used that tapestry as a blanket for her legs in the winter time while she read her Bible, listened to gospel music and ate too many ginger snaps. “Ain't nothing but a bold-faced declaration of witches and devil worshipers." Never mind she fixed up strange smelling potions in bowls put under my bed at night to bade my nightmares (it worked). Never mind her broom-spitting, non-pole splitting, ancestral-altar worshipping. "But grandmama, I just want to trick or treat with my friends. I'll even dress up as an angel," I'd promised her, begging on my knees at her lap. I only wanted to experience what had been impressed upon me my entire life, the single most thrilling, theatrical, and mesmerizing night of the year.
"The secret to all this is... Not to be afraid of fear." (React; Respond), Nothing More
The perfect Halloween party playlist
Throwing a Halloween party? The best part about selecting the music is that you have options. You can go with Halloween classics, like the Monster Mash (a must, really), but you aren't as limited as you might be with Christmas party music, for example.
Those Who Rave In The Dark
Beware of my Halloween party! You're invited, but be warned, because you're gonna have a bad time. There's no way we can host a Halloween party without the proper songs to go along with it. Music can make or break an experience. That's why I've made a playlist to give you a reality check through your skull.
Songs to Hear to Embrace the Fear
I hope you enjoy these malicious melodies and their bonus bonechilling beats! Twisted - MISSIO Oh, you thought you were the exception? Ha! We’re all mad here, my friend. Sanity is subjective, and insanity? Insanity’s the emergency exit. When haunted, when hunted, when cornered and afraid, you know in your heart of hearts, you took that exit. Who wouldn’t? It is ‘in case of emergencies’ and what greater one than fleeing from your doom? This song celebrates your survival and the twisted instincts it took to preserve your very life!
A Mini Halloween Playlist~ Well...kind of
So I've only been trick-or-treating once in my life. Yeah, I know I've missed out on a lot, and that one time collecting candy with my cousin's around a neighborhood was quite fun. I found that I was too shy to be like the other kids and show off their costumes, so I realized that I didn't really care to go again. When I was of elementary school age my mom would take me to my school's Halloween celebration and my cousin's and I used to go to a nearby Baptist church's celebration of "Holy-ween". But due to my grandmother's Christian belief's, she thought that we shouldn't celebrate anything in connection with the devil, so we never went again.
The only Halloween Playlist you’ll ever need
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4tOheVUi1QEGDOqCNiXBQo?si=93F5n-y4S6OfmBnfFlSg9Q&dl_branch=1 This is absolutely the most diverse and inclusive Halloween playlist you will ever come across, sure to send a shiver down anyone’s spine, no matter their genre preference. Every song is full of creepy, funky and nostalgic Halloween vibes that are enough to make even the stiffest skeleton tap their femurs to the beat. Plus, for extra spooky listening pleasure, this playlist goes on for 3 hours and 33 minutes so if you play it at midnight, you’ll end it just as the devils hour begins! From the classics to more new age sounds, you’ll definitely hear some old favorites but definitely make some new ones too, perfect for any party, roadtrip, or even listening alone if it doesn’t scare you too much. Some important mentions of this playlist include: “In The Room Where You Sleep” by Dead Man’s Bones, a terrifying tune that is sure to leave you frightened yet wanting more. Featured in the “Conjuring 2”, this song warns the listener of beings in their bedroom watching them sleep and could not get any more heart stopping. But this is not Dead Man’s Bones only spooky song in their discography, in fact they write some of the best gothic rock surrounded by all the best themes in horror history, go check them out! The next stand out song on this list is going to be “Mr. Sandman” by Pat Ballard and the Chordettes. While it’s a beautiful song on its own, it doesn’t necessarily scream Halloween to most. Used in John Carpenters Halloween II, the light cheery beat can soon turn sickening in the right context. The juxtaposition of happy and scared is enough for this song to properly unease you. And finally, the last but not least song that I think really makes this playlist what it is would be “Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. This song has no hidden scare, no horror flick feature and isn’t outright chilling at all, but what it is is the embodiment of nostalgia. It’s the scent of a bag of candy after trick or treating, the taste of pumpkin and cinnamon lingering in your mouth long after the season has past, it’s the chilly breeze that hits you as you walk home mid fall while you step on the crunchiest of leaves. It embodies the childish joy we all felt as kids who believed in all the tricks and treats of All Hallows’ eve. One of my favorite aspects of the playlist is how many of the songs are featured in favorite Halloween films. Some films that will be recognized through the playlist are, “Halloween,” “Hocus Pocus,” and “Jeepers Creepers.” I especially love listening to music from beloved films, as the songs transport me to the worlds of the films themselves. While listening, I replay the plots in my head and can remember the first time I saw the films. This nostalgia facilitates a memorable listening experience no matter how many times I listen to the song. In essence, the song never gets old. I will get older and be in a different place in life, but the song will never cease to transport me to the world of the film. These Halloween tracks are transformative and positively memorable in spooky films. I decided to enter this contest because Halloween is my favorite holiday, and music is my favorite hobby. Well, music is more than a hobby; it’s a way of life. I live and breathe these songs all year-round, not just during autumn. It did not take much time at all to craft this perfectly-chosen playlist, as virtually all the songs are on my weekly rotation regardless of the time of year. Also, I love creating meaning from my music choices, and this contest allows me to join together meanings from individual songs to create one large purpose. The overall goal of these combined tracks is to put the listener in the spooky mood, while eliciting nostalgic feelings. These nostalgic feelings are happy, creepy, funny, and scary. Combined together, these feelings are what Halloween is about. Halloween means many different things for many different people. To me, it means my favorite time of the year and my favorite music. While creating this playlist, I travelled through many periods of my life. I remember growing up and looking forward to Halloween every single year. The brisk fall air, the creepy decorations as I walked down the street, the stockpiles of hoarded candy: all of it a distant, yet distinct memory. As I am entering my third decade on Earth, these nostalgic moments seem further and further away from reality. However, this does not have to be the case; there is a way to bring them back. Through music, I can transport myself to those childhood memories of Halloween, while simultaneously creating new memories. Whether a classic Halloween song, or a more niche sound, each song I’ve chosen evokes the feeling that is the spooky season. There is no holiday better than Halloween, and the music certainly proves this.
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50 Eclectic Halloween/Samhain Jams
Happy Halloween, words uttered so effortlessly every year on October 31st. But sometimes it’s more than just a greeting or holiday. But a way of life & living. There are those of us who solemnly believe it is the season from which the dead & the living comes to a Nexus in our reality! The ancient Celt tribes of Britain & Ireland certainly believed so, every 1st of November. Not only did they believe it. They practiced & lived out the ethos & rituals of which it enfolds.
De-composing our Immaculate Halloween Song Selection!
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0WcvHCUkaoEM8jcY4iphkw?si=UIbU3PLsTdCPrRduCnZxcA&dl_branch=1 This is the link to the entirety of the playlist. If this does not work, please look up on spotify “cooperdylantighe” - the playlist is named “Hallo-scream!”.
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A Spooktacular Party!
Halloween. That magical one night of the year when children and adults alike get to play dress-up. For some, it's a night spent going around the neighborhood collecting candy. For others, it's staying up all night watching horror films. This year, let's add some music to our evening.