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It’s time to start collecting your Halloween songs. Freegal, the free and legal website that gives you 5 free downloads per week and 3 free daily hours of commercial-free streaming music has many Halloween songs to choose from.
Don’t forget you can also make a playlist on Freegal and have your own Halloween songs playing without ever having to download them. Just login to Freegal, go to the left of the page and under Streaming click on My Playlists, then click on the + sign to create a playlist, a pop up box will appear so give your playlist a name and click on the blue Create Playlist button and you have made a playlist. You may add to it by looking up a song and then clicking the icon to the right of it and instead of downloading just click on Add to Playlist and choose which playlist if you have made several. Then go to My Playlists (under Streaming) and once there hit play and you’ve got music.
From 101 Halloween Songs of All Time- “Vampires”-music loop interspersed with spoken words by Christopher Lee, “Somebody’s Watching Me”, “Bella Lugosi’s Dead”-a song with an 80’s feel by The 69 Cats, “Drac the Knife”-a play on jazzy Mac the Knife by Gene Moss and Fred Rice, “Werewolves of London”, “The House is Haunted” by Claire Austin-an old bluesy song, “Monster Shindig”-sung by Danny Hutton with a dancing 60’s vibe, “Boris the Spider”- another 80’s sounding song by The Kords, “I’m the Wolfman”-with a 50’s sound, “The Black Cat”-an old-timey number by Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra, “Skull Session”- with many interesting synthesizer sounds by Oliver Nelson, “The Ghost Walk” -another old-timey one by Borrah Minevitch, “If I Were A Witch”-and yet another old-timey song by Ann Williams, “Nightmare”-with a 60’s feel by The Velvets
Or maybe you would like to play some Halloween sound effects for your party or outside your house to greet trick-or-treaters. There are plenty of albums to choose from with eerie dungeons, wolves howling, growling, screaming, ghostly chains, wind, thunder, spooky laughter, bats, a scary cemetery, a witch’s cottage, vampires, creaking doors, UFO’s, eerie footsteps, dancing skeletons, and monsters.
Or how about some ghostly short stories like Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” told by the Basil Rathbone, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” or “The Masque of the Red Death”, Bram Stoker’s “The Judge’s House”, Charles Dickens' “The Queer Client” and “The Signal Man”, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil”, H.G. Wells’ “The Country of the Blind”, Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Body Snatcher”, Jerome K. Jerome’s “The Dancing Partner”, or Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” spoken by Basil Rathbone.
Or perhaps you would like something a little darker? Try “Tubular Bells” written by Mike Oldfield from the movie The Exorcist (the library owns the movie). Or maybe “Dies Irae” featured in the movie The Shining (the library owns the movie). Or the theme from the movie Psycho (the library owns the movie). Or the theme from the Twilight Zone (the library has several seasons and the movie). Or maybe you might try the original soundtrack to Rocky Horror Picture Show with the music of Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and more. Or “This Is Halloween” from Nightmare Before Christmas. Or the theme from A Nightmare On Elm Street (the library has the collection of movies).