On the street I live on, well over a thousand kids will appear on this spooky night (we hand out, oh, about $300 worth of candy in a couple of hours, no joke). The town literally blocks off my street for several hours, it’s such a big thing. Will I have fun scaring the crap out of small children, and handing out ready-to-eat diabetic comas in small packages? You bet!
Given the article title, I find it impossible to begin this without the following being the first selection.
1. Classics IV – “Spooky”
Before there was an Alice Cooper, a Kiss, a Marilyn Manson, there was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Accept no substitutes.
2. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell On You”
“The Crypt Kicker 5.”
3. Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers – “Monster Mash”
I bet you remember this as the opening theme from the classic Vincent Price movie The Abominable Doctor Phibes.
4. Mendelssohn – “War March of the Priests”
Superstition? Black cats, witches, ghosts, monsters? Nah, couldn’t actually happen…could it?!
Me, superstitious? Listen, just because I anointed my home with Holy Water for this evening is no reason to believe I am such. Perish the thought!
5. Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
No such list would be complete without this classic. I have to hand it to MJ, this was very cool and utterly ghastly.
6. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
And from the masters of the dark, the sinister — oh yes, Black Sabbath.