Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31. Its origins come from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. At this festival, people would light fires and wear costumes to allegedly ward off ghosts.
By the eighth century, Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as All Saints Day to honour the saints and in doing so, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before became known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
Over time, Halloween evolved into the current form as a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, dressing up in witch and wizard costumes and eating sweet treats.
Music for Halloween
All of this history got me wondering whether there was much music specifically aimed at celebrating Halloween. The obvious choices of course are ‘Thriller‘ by Michael Jackson and ‘Monster Mash‘ by Bobby Pickett. Depending on your taste in music you might also think of ‘Runnin’ with the Devil’ by Van Halen and ‘Paint it Black’ by the Rollin’ Stones.
Curiously, however, there are very few songs which specifically mention Halloween. In 2014 there was ‘This is Halloween’ by Marilyn Manson which was also done by Danny Elfman.
I’m sure there are plenty of other songs which could be added here.
Recording Halloween Music
With Halloween always falling during half term we have never yet recorded a specifically Halloween themed CD in a school. Perhaps, when you consider the limited number of songs and the slightly macabre theme this would end up being, this is no bad thing.
Whatever you get up to on this All Hallows Eve we hope you have fun and stay safe.