I was long known for mix tapes for canoeing before I ever jumped on the Napster train back around 2000.
I soon began mixing cd’s for parties, including Halloween. Now I have taken all of my cd’s and added them along with many, many mp3’s to my Halloween mp3 player for party mixes.
I have mixes for the dining area which tend to be slower, softer, classic rock tunes from the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Outside we have mixes that range from reggae, Hawaiiana, rock, metal, pop, rap, rockabilly, jazz, country, blues, etc. If it has anything to do with Halloween, I probably have it in a mix.
For outdoor and front porch scenes we use soundtracks that are purchased and that I have created on my own. One of my favorite front porch mixes is played throughout October from the time we get home from work until we go to bed. It contains nature sounds of insects, animals and birds from swamp to woods. It is played for a few reasons 1) so that passersby can hear we are getting into the season 2) owls have been known to come in after hearing the owl tracks 3) to inspire and motivate us as we decorate all month.
I will be listing some of our favorites here, so please check back:
One of our more recent CD’s we added is Halloween Hootenanny (we love Rob Zombie).
Okay, some of the cd’s in our collection are items we picked up re-sale at Hastings Books Music and Video. If you look in the used bins you can pick up Halloween for pretty cheap throughout much of the year. Although we can afford a few more cd’s and single song purchases now, we definitely started out on a low, low budget. Here are some of our collection:
These Ghoulish Things
The Haunted Mansion Disney ride soundtrack
The Haunted Mansion movie soundtrack
Ghouls with Attitudes vols. 1 and 2
Doo Wop Halloween
Curse of the Psycho
Swingin’ at the Seance
Music for Zombies
Spooky Tales and Scary Sounds
Murder in the Graveyard
Horror Movie Madness
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
The Ghouls Go West
So, that’s about 65-70% of our collection. I make most of my own mixes and soundtracks now from songs I pick up here and there.
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