Music Briefs: Halloween Music and SFX


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

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.”


Spooky Pop

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!


Submission ideas


  • 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.

Creative Briefs: Military


The military is one of the most discussed topics among politicians, government officials, and society. Join us as we cultivate and capture the various landscapes of military life, one frame at a time. Whether you’re an experienced military videographer or photographer looking to add extra value to your portfolio or simply fascinated by military life, buyers want your perspective.


Shot List Thought Starters

Get inspired by the following military subcategories and ignite your imagination with the initial ideas on what to shoot.

Homecoming Time

Capture emotional family reunion moments when our brave soldiers return home safe and sound. Footage of soldiers leaving for basic training or a new tour of duty is also in high demand.

  • Emotive shots of family members waiting at an airport, train station, or homecoming event.
  • Close-ups of welcome home signs and banners.
  • Capture emotional expressions as troops reunite with loved ones.
  • Shots of celebratory gatherings or parties after the homecoming.

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Military Training

Military training includes physical fitness, weapons proficiency, tactical skills, discipline, teamwork, sharp senses, and a strong mind. Film our heroes as they train.

  • Close-ups of military equipment and weapons.
  • Soldiers participating in physical fitness drills and exercises.
  • Tactical training exercises, such as live-fire exercises or urban warfare simulations.
  • Instructors giving orders, and soldiers following commands.
  • Shots of soldiers in classrooms or workshops, learning various military skills.

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Life At the Base

The military base is the second home of the soldiers. From a strict daily routine to free time, upload the everyday life of soldiers at their military base.

  • Establishing shots of the military base, including its layout and surroundings.
  • Daily routines of soldiers, such as morning formations, mealtime, and downtime.
  • Scenes from the base amenities, like dining facilities, recreation areas, and medical facilities.
  • Soldiers working together on various tasks and missions.
  • Close-ups of soldiers interacting, demonstrating camaraderie, and engaging in downtime activities.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Military bases are restricted areas. Military equipment and experiments may also be classified. Please check with local authorities to ensure filming is permitted. Proof of authorization may be required for acceptance by our curation team.

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Saluting To Veterans

Honor those who served and protected their country in prior years. Upload footage of the brave men and women who risked their lives to save ours.

  • Shots of veterans in uniform, medals, and ribbons.
  • Soldiers and civilians saluting or showing respect to veterans at ceremonies or events.
  • Veterans sharing their experiences and stories.
  • Close-ups of medals, ribbons, and military memorabilia.
  • Footage of flag-raising or flag-lowering ceremonies in honor of veterans.

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The Cargo Time!

Anti-war activists and people who raise their voices in the name of peace are an inseparable part of the military topic.

  • Peaceful protests and demonstrations against war conflicts.
  • Signs, banners, and artwork conveying anti-war messages.
  • Moments of reflection, such as candlelight vigils for peace.
  • Community events and discussions promoting peaceful solutions to conflicts.

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Military Tech

The military industry invests billions of dollars in technology and often invents the most innovative technological prototypes worldwide.

  • Close-ups of advanced military vehicles, such as tanks, armored personnel carriers, and fighter jets.
  • Footage of military drones, both in operation and during maintenance.
  • Soldiers using cutting-edge technology, such as night vision goggles or communication equipment.
  • Shots of military exercises involving high-tech weaponry and equipment.
  • Detailed shots of military robots or autonomous systems, highlighting their capabilities.
  • Please check with local authorities to ensure filming is permitted.

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Editorial: War Conflicts

If you focus on documentaries of war conflicts, your work is in high demand!
Note: Please don’t submit imagery of
Terrorism even for Editorial use.

  • Footage of war memorials, monuments, or cemeteries.
  • Scenes from conflict zones, documenting the impact of war on civilians and infrastructure.

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Editorial: Military Parades

Discipline, precision, and military capabilities are all showcased in the military parades. Capture these patriotic moments of honor and pride.

  • Wide shots capturing the grandeur and scale of military parades.
  • Close-ups of marching soldiers and their uniforms.
  • Military bands and their performances.
  • High-ranking officials and dignitaries reviewing the parade.
  • Spectators, both civilian and military, observing and reacting to the parade.

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If you want more inspiration from our Artist community, look at our existing footage in this collection!


Submission Ideas

Remember to capture various angles, perspectives, and emotions to create a well-rounded stock media collection for each topic. Pay attention to composition, lighting, and capturing authentic moments that showcase the essence of each military subtopic. Don’t forget to focus on the positive imagery of the soldiers. Don’t forget to check with local authorities what are the conditions for filming.


Suitable Keywords

War, Soldiers, Army, Fighter Jet, Military Family, Nuclear Explosion, Army Training, Navy, Military Parade, Submarine, Veterans, Military Base, Aircraft, Salute, Warfare, Tanks, Military Technology, Military Drone, Troops, Soldiers, Missile, Combat


Target Group

All groups, especially corporations, marketing agencies, video producers, advertising, politicians, etc.



  • Check out our marketplace for visual reference and inspiration.
  • Stand out and create something that pops out among the other search results.
  • Ensure your submission falls under commercial use by submitting the appropriate release forms when necessary.



Top image: Soldier Reuniting With Her Husband At Home by JacobLund .

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