Halloween Carols

Thinking of disturbing some shut-ins. Canonical example: Ghost Riders of the Sky


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21 Responses to Halloween Carols

  1. Pretty vague description, but maybe a lot of neofolk would fit the bill?

    Or many Townes Van Zandt songs

  2. cargocultst says:

    Dimmu Borgir – Puritania

  3. MawBTS says:

    “4:33” by John Cage, except you’re playing it already.

  4. Whyvert says:

    Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London. Opening line: “I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand”

  5. Anonymous says:

    Monster Mash?

  6. st says:

    Would that pair with the ghost riders? It’s a bit older, but still not bad…
    Mongol (riders in the sky): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcm-LI78QA8

  7. pavetack says:

    Dressed as Ghouls and Skeletons, signing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”?

    So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.

    How I wish, how I wish you were here.
    We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
    Running over the same old ground.
    What have we found?
    The same old fears.
    Wish you were here.

  8. Samsondale says:

    If you want some scary, evil-sounding (and lyrically bloody) stuff, try Comus’ First Utterance. All acoustic, little or no drum kit. You feel like you are eavesdropping on a medieval coven.

  9. RCB says:

    Switch up the holidays by singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Sing it in a minor key, and just imagine the terror when you get to these lines:
    He sees you when you’re sleeping
    He knows when you’re awake

  10. William O. B'Livion says:

    “Atrocity Exhibition”

    Asylums with doors open wide,
    Where people had paid to see inside,
    For entertainment they watch his body twist,
    Behind his eyes he says, ‘I still exist.’

    This is the way, step inside.
    This is the way, step inside…

    In arenas he kills for a prize,
    Wins a minute to add to his life.
    But the sickness is drowned by cries for more,
    Pray to God, make it quick, watch him fall.

    This is the way, step inside.
    This is the way, step inside…

    This is the way, step inside.
    This is the way, step inside…

    You’ll see the horrors of a faraway place,
    Meet the architects of law face to face.
    See mass murder on a scale you’ve never seen,
    And all the ones who try hard to succeed.

    This is the way, step inside.
    This is the way, step inside…

    And I picked on the whims of a thousand or more,
    Still pursuing the path that’s been buried for years,
    All the dead wood from jungles and cities on fire,
    Can’t replace or relate, can’t release or repair,
    Take my hand and I’ll show you what was and will be.

    That’s the first song on the Album. All of them are about that dark.

    Doesn’t really work as a carol, but if you’re just going to tune your browser to YouTube and play, it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVVdEqBbr4k

    This one is pretty rough too: http://www.metrolyrics.com/partytime-lyrics-45-grave.html, although the video camps it way up.

  11. jb says:

    Well here’s an obvious possibility:

  12. Xenophon Hendrix says:

    There are always pumpkin carols.

  13. Scott Locklin says:

    There’s a whole category of spooky ambient music beloved of black lipstick wearing goths. They usually like Death in June and Current 93 above, but Lustmord, Raison d’etre, Zoviet France are a little more background music-y.

    If you’re looking for spooky and upbeat, psychobilly is where it’s at.

    Personally, I always read your blog while listening to the Cramps.

  14. Glen Kissel says:

    This Halloween is the 499th anniversary of the Reformation, thus: “A Might Fortress is Our God.”

  15. ghazisiz says:

    The YouTube incarnation of “Ghost Riders of the Sky”: Valkyries+Johnny Cash? Actually, it works. Something like that: Leonard Cohen, especially from his album “The Future”. But only If the shut-ins can handle something a bit more decadent.

  16. nickbsteves says:

    Better than Ezra “Porcelain”

  17. nickbsteves says:

    2nd “Werewolves in London”.

  18. deuce says:

    Would a song about an Ice Age werewolf who survives into our day fit the bill? It’s easily chanted, with a lusty, roaring chorus.

    Or this, which references the Devil, Dogs of Doom, and Thor. Plus, it’s spooky/moody.

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