Expiration dates are a drag. They’re nothing but added pressure from Father Time to drink that milk, eat that cheese and avoid that salmonella, with each grain of sand that slips through his novelty-sized hourglass acting as an annoying tap on the shoulder. The only time I actually get excited by something with a “best before” date is when it comes to music. I am, for example, a sucker for Christmas carols. I practically have a red sharpie circle around a holiday-appropriate date where I can finally pull out my A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, Just Say Noel and A Twisted Christmas albums. And I will play those songs until I become the personification of that sad house who left the Christmas lights up too long.
I feel the same way about Halloween, an expiration date that has more to do with blood-curdling screams and nothing to do with curdling milk.
I adore Halloween. And my love for the spooky and ooky doesn’t start or end with the Addams Family. I don’t ever get tired of people saying “boys and ghouls,” I enjoy a monster themed pun, and a narration by Vincent Price is icing on any musical cake. As of right now, I may have less than a week to cram in this music, but I’m going to pack it in tighter than the dirt on a freshly filled grave.
Clearly any album curated by Elvira, some spoken word from Vincent Price or Boris Karloff will definitely get you in the spirit and perhaps even get you some spirits, but if you want to embrace Halloween to the fullest, you should check out these songs:
‘Nightmare on My Street’ by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
‘Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en’ by North American Hallowe’en Prevention, Inc.
‘The Headless Horseman’ by Kay Starr
‘Swingin’ at hte Séance’
Johnny Long Orchestra
‘The Werewolf Watusi’
Bobby “Boris” Pickett
At the Monsters Ball
‘Beware of The Blob’ by The Five Blobs
‘I Wanna Be Evil’ by Eartha Kitt
A little bit harder to find, but perfect for nights by the candy bowl are Spooky Music for Spooky Occassions from Columbia Playtime, and ‘Hiding From Spooky’ from one of the Harvey Comics singles from the early 1970s, wherein a 45 would come in a bag with a Casper or Richie Rich comic. This song is about Spooky, who is a “tough little ghost,” and I like it better than the one for Casper. Wendy the Witch also has a little tune!
You can read more from Melissa Buote on her blog.