Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Party Playlist

If you grew up in church like I did, this time of year is more synonymous with the term "Fall Festival" than with Halloween. The two celebrations share pumpkins and candy, but Fall Festivals trade the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween for more autumnal characters such as farmers and pilgrims. But who are we kidding, when you're a kid you don't care if you're dressed up as Captain John Smith or Captain Jack Sparrow as long as the Skittles and Tootsie Rolls are flowing. Even as adults though, many individuals still enjoy dressing up in costume, even if candy isn't involved. At work yesterday I didn't have to dress up to get into the Halloween spirit thanks to the following scenes: The Grim Reaper walking into the break room and hiking up his robe to get some change out of his Dockers to buy some Bugles, Darth Vader having trouble answering the phone because it was a little too big to fit under his helmet and Gumby getting his big, green, oddly-angled head stuck in the revolving door. I love my job and I love watching grown adults act like sugar-fueled kids for a day. If that's not enough to get you ready for the trick-or-treaters, here's a few tunes to help you out. Some old, some new, some from movies and some from my days growing up in Atlanta. Instant party, just add candy.

"This Is Halloween" - Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack)

"Little Ghost" - The White Stripes (Get Behind Me Satan)

"Goolie Get-Together" - The Toadies (Saturday Morning Cartoon's Greatest Hits)

"The Ghost Who Walks" - Karen Elson (The Ghost Who Walks)

"People Are Strange" - Echo & The Bunnymen (The Lost Boys soundtrack)

"The Munsters Theme" - Los Straitjackets (Halloween Hootenanny)

"Gloomy In Us All" - Thunder Buffalo (Thunder Buffalo)

"Freaks Come Out At Night" - Whodini (Escape)

"I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement" - Ramones (Ramones)

"The Halloween Dance" - Reverend Horton Heat (Halloween Hootenanny)

"Where Boys Fear To Tread" - The Smashing Pumpkins (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)

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