Mysterious and spooky
They’re all together oooky…”
It’s that time of year again when kids come begging for sweets, or money, at your doorstep and more fake blood is worn than in a Hammer House movie.
Music of course can play a big role for Halloween parties as it’s a good excuse to play tracks you might only play at this time of year – bit like Christmas really, except it doesn’t start in August!!!
So what music is suitable for a Halloween party? Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’, Ray Parker Jr ‘Ghostbusters’ & Bobby Pickett ‘Monster Mash’ are essential but you have to be a little more creative with your music as ‘Halloween’ tracks are more limited then other calendar events. Anything from ‘The Rocky Horror Movie Show’, especially ‘The Time Warp’, Rockwell ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ & Cult ‘Lil Devil’ are perfect examples of alternative tracks to play.
Mastermix have produced numerous albums to make your life so much easier too – Grandmaster Halloween, Classic Cuts 92 – Halloween & Mastermix Halloween offer a variety of tracks, mixes, remixes & utilities that are invaluable to DJs…plus Issue 304 includes a couple of useful mixes & remixes and www.mastermixdigital.com features even more tracks to help make the perfect Halloween event.
There are ‘secret weapons’ that can be added to your Halloween playlist – Lovebug Starski’s ‘Amityville’ is a classic example of a record you would only play at this time of the year, make sure you check out the new mash up on Issue 304…amazing!
Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ is an incredible track and the recent Mastermix remix of this by Steve Andrews gives it huge dancefloor appeal. An example of how horror films can provide appropriate music for Halloween would include ‘O Fortuna’ by Carl Off which has been used on many horror film soundtracks, most notable being ‘The Omen’, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ & even the ‘X-Files’ theme is quite spooky.
Rock music always goes down well with its satanic overtones and images. Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Bark At The Moon’, ‘Werewolves Of London’ by Warren Zevon & anything by Iron Maiden offer new music avenues to explore.
So don your plastic cape, put on your best scary faces, buy too many sweets to give out so you have plenty left over for yourself when the ‘Trick or Treat’ fans have gone to bed and put on my top 10 Halloween tunes (in no particular order)
DJ Jazzy Jeff / Fresh Prince – ‘Nightmare On My street’
Sonique – ‘I Put A Spell On You’
…it’s not a Halloween track… but it does make me scream!!!
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