General Dance Discussion > Music for Halloween

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by waltzgirl, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. waltzgirl

    waltzgirl Active Member

    Tom Lehrer's "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" is a v. waltz.
  2. White Chacha

    White Chacha Active Member

    Masochism Tango doesn't sound like a very good AT to me. Much more International even than Smooth. There's a long retard on "My heart is in my hand..." that you might want to edit out unless it were for a showcase. It's on the slow side compared to comp tempo. I do like it.
  3. caityrosey

    caityrosey New Member

    Or just ham it up. This song is fun to act out.
  4. White Chacha

    White Chacha Active Member

    Spike Jones "Monster Movie Ball", ECS. Sample available at the iTunes store.
  5. Medira

    Medira New Member

    Exactly! :D
  6. Linda J Schlensker

    Linda J Schlensker New Member

    I have all of Tom Leher's stuff. We often use him when we do a "Politically Incorrect" party. I remember some good polkas in the collection. We go a little more adult, dress to the nines and play music that we couldn't play without giving everyone a heads up to stay away from this one if they are easily offended. It's fun, it's silly.

    More Halloween Music you could dance to:

    Look at children's music for something light and fun.

    Spooky Scary Skeleton Andrew Gold Collection FT
    Gimme a Smile (The Pumpkin Song) FT
    Martian Hop Halloween Hit (I use it for Polka)
    The Phantom of the Opera Tango
    Little Demon
    The Adams Family Theme
    Cassandra Waltz from Doctor Who Waltz
    Que Sera Sera by Pink Martini
  7. old dog

    old dog Member

    "Misirlou" as done by Flames of Araby or by 101 Strings Orch. (or maybe others) isn't 'scary' but its exotic sound might make a good rumba for a Halloween event.

    "The Thing" done by Phil Harris isn't scary either but might be a fun FT or swing for such an occasion. Kids like it.
  8. Linda J Schlensker

    Linda J Schlensker New Member

    I have been actively checking out all the songs listed here I don't already have. Just want to give my personal thanks to everyone who posted here because my old Halloween Party list was getting stale. Thank you. Thank you Thank you.
  9. bjp22tango

    bjp22tango Active Member

    The Great Pumpkin Waltz is a pretty Viennese. By Vince Guaraldi on the Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits Album.

    Ghouls Are On the Loose is a cute quickstep. By Dave Rudolf off his Halloween Spooktacular album. Also on the album is A Werewolf Am I which doesn't really have a straight dance rhythm but I like to Rumba to it.

    The Boogie Woogie Man makes reference to the Boogie man but is a straight ahead swing tune great for Lindy. By the casa Loma Orchestra on the album Dance Crazy.

    I Eat Cannibals by Total Coelo is an 80's tune with a driving pulse beat, but you can dance triple swing to it.
  10. Linda J Schlensker

    Linda J Schlensker New Member

    Here is some of what I'm using for our 2010 Halloween Party. Not all the songs are ideal in the counts, but if they are slowed or sped up the can work for the suggested dance.

    Put Your Lights On by Santana Bolero
    I Eat Cannibals (Part 1) Tot Coelo from I Eat Cannibals Cha
    Little Demon by Screamin'Jay Hawkins on Elvira Presents Monster Hits Jive/Single Swing
    Spooky Scary Skeletons Andre Gold Halloweeen Howls Foxtrot
    Halloween Party Andrew Gold Halloween Howls Swing
    I Put a Spell on You (feat. Eddie Wakes) Raney Shockne Fame Rumba
    Feed My Frankenstein Alice Cooper Swing
    The Addams Family Andrew Gold Halloween Howls Can Play with Tango
    Dark Waltz Hayley Westenra Waltz
    With These Hands from Edward Scizzorhands Original Motion Picture Rumba
    Don't Scream, It's Only Halloween ) Andrew Gold Halloween Howls Swing
    That Old Black Magic Frank Sinatra Foxtrot
    Bad Things Jace Everet from True Blood Texas Whip
    A Nightmare on My Street Elvira Present Samba
    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Holloween Howls Tango
    Experiment in Terror Henry Mancini Bolero
    The Addams Family Joey Gaynor Elvira Presents Foxtrot
    Purple People Eater George Thorogood Swing
    Monsta' Rap Elvira Presents West Coast
    Witches, Witches, Witches Andrew Gold Tango
    Ghostbusters Andrew Fold Halloween Howls Try a Fast Cha or Jive
    Gimme a Smile (The Pumpkin Song) Andrew Gold Halloween Howls Foxtrot
    I Put A Spell on You Screamin' Jay Hawkins can make do as a Tango
    Haunted House Jumpin'Gene Simmons Halloween Hits Swing
    Here Come the Bride Elvira Presents West Coast
    Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead Glenn Miller and His Orchestra Foxtrot
    Twist in My Sobriety Liza Minnelli can be a slow Samba
  11. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    What about Sinatra's "Witchcraft?"
  12. Linda J Schlensker

    Linda J Schlensker New Member

    I should have listed that too. There is so much varied and good music out there. We just finished our Halloween Party. The most difficult holiday music for me is St. Paddies day. Anyone have a St. Paddies Tango, Rumba, Cha or Samba. I can use more.
  13. piimapoika

    piimapoika Member

    Linda - try "O'Malley's Tango" by Ruby Murray:

    They call him Pancho Rodriguez O'Malley
    Ever since he spent a holiday in Spain.
    He's not Patrick any more
    Now he calls himself senor
    And he's got the tango in his veins.

    It is a good tango in its own right, and has little Irish flourishes.
  14. Linda J Schlensker

    Linda J Schlensker New Member

    Thank you. I'm headed to do a music search now. You are my hero.!
  15. Linda J Schlensker

    Linda J Schlensker New Member

    I can't find it yet on a legal source. I see you are in the UK. I've got 6 months. Is there a dusty little shop somewhere that would have a copy. I will do anything but fly over for one good Irish Tango. I did listen to a You Tube Version and I like it. Please do not put yourself out for me, just if you know something off the top of your head on where to start. All my best, Linda
  16. piimapoika

    piimapoika Member

    Hi Linda - The best Ruby Murray collection is "Ruby Murray Anthology", a 3 CD set available from O'Malley's Tango is track 7 on disc 2, not track 100 as Amazon would have it. There are a lot of other Irish tracks as well. The full price of USD 47.99 is rather expensive (but I think worth it), but another seller has it for 11.26. O'Malley's Tango is also on "The Magic of Ruby Murray", available secondhand through Amazon at USD 6.60.

    Ruby Murray's biggest hit was the slow waltz "Softly Softly", which was in the charts for 22 weeks. It was considered rather bold at the time. On 18th March 1955 she had 5 singles in the Top 20 at the same time.
  17. Linda J Schlensker

    Linda J Schlensker New Member

    Thank you. This is the first time the search engine failed me. It was such a shock to my system. I did find a YouTube clip of her singing the song in a movie. She was wonderful. It will please me to have an anthology and I will definitely get my price back in pleasure. I do appreciate you finding this for me. It was definitely above and beyond. Thank you so much. Linda
  18. piimapoika

    piimapoika Member

    Glad to be of service! I hope your St Patrick's dance is a runaway success!
  19. aromatics

    aromatics New Member

    Halloween Songs For The Ballroom

    Hey Guys,

    Does anyone know any good "Halloween" songs to play in the ballroom? In particular I am looking for east coast swing, foxtrot, cha-cha, and waltz songs.

    I am just beginning to look for these songs, I will update this thread with any additional songs i find.

    Thanks, Aro
  20. twothreefourone

    twothreefourone Active Member

    Hi Aro!

    A couple of spooky favourites :)
    Hayley Westenra - Dark Waltz (waltz)
    John Williams - Hedwig's Theme (viennese)

    Plenty more will pop up in my head later now probably :p
    Best of luck!

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