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Halloween music refers to a music genre and specific songs associated with the Halloween holiday. These songs often have spooky, eerie, or macabre themes that are in keeping with the overall atmosphere of Halloween. People frequently use Halloween music to enhance the mood and ambiance of Halloween parties, haunted houses, and other Halloween-themed events.
Inspire yourself with the following genres and subgenres associated with Halloween, and prepare your next production to leave buyers craving it like a vampire thirsting for blood.
What are the sounds of Halloween?
Halloween music doesn’t belong to a specific genre but draws from various musical styles and genres that evoke spooky and eerie feelings. Here are some examples of typical music and sounds associated with Halloween.
Horror soundtracks are typically instrumental compositions explicitly created for horror movies, Halloween-themed events, and horror video games. Examples include the music from the ‘Halloween’ film series composed by John Carpenter and Danny Elfman’s music for Tim Burton’s movies like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and the legendary ‘Psycho’ theme composed by Bernard Herrmann for Alfred Hitchcock’s movie. Halloween playlists frequently incorporate music from scary movies and TV shows, like “The Exorcist Theme” or the “Addams Family Theme.”
These are often songs considered nowadays as classics of Halloween due to their spooky or creepy themes. Examples include evergreens like ‘Monster Mash’’ by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson, Rockwell’s ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker Jr. Halloween playlists also contain some modern pop songs with words or themes about ghosts, monsters, or the paranormal activities, such as Rihanna’s ‘Disturbia’.
Goth Rock and Darkwave
This category includes music from gothic rock and darkwave genres, which often have haunting or melancholic tones. Strong percussion beats, reverb effects, powerful basslines, and distorted guitar sounds are typical characteristics of gothic music. Bands like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Sisters of Mercy often find their way onto Halloween playlists. Read more about it in our dedicated blog post to Goth Rock.
Cartoon-spooky Humorous Music
Sometimes, cartoons may use humorous or whimsical music alongside scary visuals to create a comedic contrast. This can be a form of dark humor commonly found in horror-comedy cartoons.
Halloween Sound Effects
The Halloween SFX category enhances the spooky, eerie, and immersive atmosphere of Halloween-themed events, haunted houses, horror movies, and other ominous occasions. Get inspired by the following list of most requested Halloween SFX from our buyer community:
- Creaking wood: The sounds of a creaking door, old wooden floor, or tree branches are a classic Halloween sound effect.
- Gloomy weather: The sound of wind howling adds an eerie and desolate quality to the environment, as well as thunderclaps, lightning strikes, or heavy rain.
- Footsteps: Slow and deliberate footsteps or fast running patterns. Try different surfaces and shoe types.
- Halloween Monsters: High-pitched evil witch cackles, zombie growls, creepy roars and snarls of wild monsters, werewolf howls, and angry cat sounds. These are the classics of Halloween.
- Fearful human sounds: A rapid, pounding heartbeat, quick breathing implicating increasing panic and fear, screams and shrieks of characters.
- Ghostly sounds: Ghostly sounds like laughter, groans, and faint whispers.
- Cackling ravens and owls: These bird sounds add an eerie and foreboding quality to nighttime scenes.
- Evil laughter: The sinister and maniacal laughter of the bad guys is a must.
- Eerie ambiance: Ambient sounds like distant screams, wind rustling through trees, or distant whispers.
Pond5 Examples of Halloween Music
Listen to the tracks dedicated to the genre and get inspired for your next production.
Pond5 Examples of Halloween SFX
Deep dive into Halloween sounds and have fun creating your own!
- Submit tracks in length between 30 seconds and 5 minutes long.
- The tempo should be between 90-120 BPM.
- Use instruments like organ, piano, various strings, flutes, synthesizers, suspense percussion, bells and chimes, guitars in the distortion way, or theremin, which produces eerie, wailing sounds
- Mix sound effects to your tracks, such as distant laugh, whispers and other vocal techniques.
- Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
- We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
- Don’t forget to add HALLOWEENAUDIOP5BRIEF among your keywords so we can track down and promote your content.
- Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.