Halloween Party Prep: Food, Music, And Fun (Part 2)
October 29, 2013

Halloween Party Prep: Food, Music, And Fun (Part 2)

So once you have decided on the themed food, then it’s time to think about the ambiance, particularly concerning music. Any good party shop or even hobby store or mart will have good decorations to hang and transform a home or office or wherever into a creepy, crawly Halloween house. But music is what takes it even further. With the right sounds, people will know that they are not just at any ol’ party but a Halloween party. So let’s start with some songs.

Billboard listed the top 10 Halloween songs:

10. Dragula by Rob Zombie

9. A Nightmare on My Street by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

8. Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell

7. Runnin’ With the Devil by Van Halen

6. Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

5. Highway to Hell by AC/DC

4. Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

3. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

2. Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers

1. Thriller by Michael Jackson

Right so, no Halloween party would be complete without Thriller…the ultimate Halloween song. Check out the video for a flash to the 80s:

Play that in the background of any party and you’re sure to set the mood.

I would like to add to Billboard’s list a few of my own, in no particular order:

  • Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  • Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones
  • Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
  • Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
  • Witchy Woman by The Eagles
  • People Are Strange by The Doors
  • Black Magic Woman by Santana
  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band
  • I Put A Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  • Every Breath You Take by The Police

Yeah, I would say that is a pretty great place to start for a rockin’ Halloween playlist. If you do not want to go to the trouble of putting this together, you could also just tune into the Pandora Halloween Music station, go to iTunes radio, check out a website that has spooky sounds like Spooky Soundtrack, or even see what YouTube has to offer (like this or this).

Another good option for those not interested in music would be to play Halloween-themed movies in the background. Here is a list of obvious and popular choices taken from a list of suggestions from IMDB:

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • The Crow (1994)
  • Pet Sematary (1989)
  • In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
  • Near Dark (1987)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • Poltergeist (1982)

The IMDB list has many, many more. I would like to add some of my own suggestions:

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • The Mummy (1932 or 1999)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • Scream (1996)
  • The Ring (2002)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Interview with a Vampire (1994)
  • Nosferatu (1922)

I am sure that there are plenty of other options, but this is definitely a good start. With a little scary, creepy, or otherwise Halloween-themed movie sound in the background, partygoers will definitely feel the fun.

The sounds of a party really set the mood. No matter how cool the costumes are or the tastiness of the foods made especially with Halloween in mind, the sounds set the tone. The creepiness of spooky sounds or the fun of goofy Halloween songs or even the tempo of a movie soundtrack can make or break a Halloween party, so find some inspiration in these suggestions or go look for your own. But don’t forget to make the party sound like Halloween. Muuuuah-haha!

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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