It’s that magical time of the year once again where the days are growing shorter, the air is getting cooler, and the trees are changing into autumn clothes that tease the coming season. Halloween is just around the corner and I’m already getting into the spirit with music, movies, and party planning for my favorite night of the year. Don’t worry, boils and ghouls, I’m here to help you get in the mood too. Now, the first thing you’ve got to do is a little window shopping. Starting around the last week of August or the first couple of weeks of September, companies like Halloween Express and Spirit Halloween begin opening up temporary storefronts in shopping centers and plazas while box stores begin to lay out their Fall spread. It’s a great chance to wander around through the decorations and costumes and begin thinking about what you want to do and be this Halloween season. You have to do it quick, though, as some stores begin putting out their Christmas stuff as soon as the back to school sales end.
Now that you’re in the Halloween spirit, you’re going to need some tunes to listen to as you plan your get together. Below you’ll find my Halloween Playlist, an assortment of classics and contemporary tunes as well as some Goth rock, nerdcore, and comedy that plays great at parties.
Danno’s Halloween Mix
1.Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett
2.Flying Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
3.Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr
4.Thriller – Michael Jackson
5.Season of the Witch – Donovan
6.Howl – Florence and the Machine
7.Superstitious – Stevie Wonder
8.Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
9.Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
10.Seven Devils – Florence and the Machine
11.The Living Dead – No More Kings
12.Creepy Doll – Jonathan Coulton
13.How to Serve Man – Creature Feature
14.Brains! – Voltaire
15.Re: Your Brains – Jonathan Coulton
16.Look to the Skies – Creature Feature
17.Zombie Prostitute – Voltaire
18.Invasion of the Not Quite Dead – MC Frontalot
19.Zombie Love Song – Your Favorite Martian
20.MC Chris is Dead – MC Chris
21.Zombie Song – Stephanie Mabey
22.This is Halloween – Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack (Also Marylin Manson or Panic at the Disco do some good versions)
23.Halloween – MC Chris
24.Zombie Killa’ – Zealous 1
25.Lame Monster Party – Paul and Storm
26.What the Fuck Was That?! – Evil Dead The Musical Soundtrack
- Halloween – MC Chris
28.Goth Girls – MC Frontalot
29.When You’re Evil – Voltaire
30.Live – Paul and Storm
You can find all these songs on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and YouTube. Put the playlist on shuffle and let it cycle at random through all these great hits. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of downloading them, don’t worry. I’ll be putting them on my YouTube channel soon in a playlist so all you’ll have to do is follow the link. (Check back soon, I’m still working on my channel.)
If music and mingling isn’t your speed, maybe a movie night is the thing you need. Here’s some science fiction (and horror) double feature ideas you might enjoy.
Rocky Horror Picture Show / Young Frankenstein
A duo of 1970’s classics that are purposefully campy, crass, and a lot of fun. Nothing frightening about them unless you count those funny feelings you get when you see Tim Curry in drag.
The Thing / The Fly
While I’m not normally a fan of remakes, Hollywood horror really piqued in the 1980’s and between John Carpenter’s phenomenal remake of Thing From Another World and David Cronenberg’s treatment of The Fly, I guarantee you’ll be creeped out and queasy before the night is through.
Night of the Creeps / Slither
Zombies, monster worms, and strange alien menaces complete with one liners, gore, and a zombie deer kicking the shit out of Nathan Fillion. What more can you ask for?
Evil Dead (1981) / Evil Dead (2013)
Okay, here’s the duo that’s going to scare you and gross you out all at once. Demon possessed college kids, gallons of fake blood, and everyone’s favorite chainsaw wielding badass Bruce Campbell in the role that made him a star. Follow up the classic with the remake and never sleep again.
Evil Dead 2 / Army of Darkness
If you’re up for one liners, demon possession, body modifications and boom sticks, this may be the better choice. You still get your B.C. fix but with considerably more laughs.
The Last Man on Earth / Night of the Living Dead
Classics inspired by Richard Matheson’s genre changing novella, I am Legend. Vincent Price is the last man in a world dominated by a virus that turns people into vampiric cannibals while George Romero’s classic takes the notion to new places with cosmic radiation waking the dead for a murderous romp.
I could probably go on with an entire post with nothing but double feature suggestions for you but we’ll leave it at this for now. Maybe a little closer to Halloween I’ll throw a post up here with all my favorite double feature outings.
I’m no Ghoulia Child or Martha Boo-art (I love puns.) so you won’t be getting any baking or decorating ideas from me. I think, though, that you’ve got plenty of suggestions to keep yourself entertained until we finally crawl out of September and into the full on Halloween season.