Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Carols

Halloween is not just a wonderful event on its own, for certainly it is that, but instead marks the beginning, the kick-off if you will, of a roughly 3 month "holiday season" of related events.  Consider October 31st as the closing of one door, being the light and warmth of Spring-Summer, and the opening of another, the Autumnal-Winter season of the Earth's death.  Now in the winter itself we have the evergreen festooned Christmas season to remind us of eternal life in the cold death of the world's cycle, but before this we have Halloween and everyone's favorite Harvest Gorging Time (Thanksgiving).
What we don't have are Halloween carols.  Now I know we don't have Thanksgiving carols either, but hear me out (or read me out as the case may and definitely is).  Some holidays have a specific song or 50 that identify them and are identified with them.  Easter has "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" which tells us who the iconic figure is and what he is doing (hopping down a bunny trail, apparently).  Christmas has multiple iconic figures, including of course, Santa (Ol' St. Nick, Saint Nicholas, Sinter Klaus, etc.).  Christmas has so many 'unofficial official' songs, including "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "The Christmas Song", both of which describe the iconic features of the event.  Christmas also has carols, which are religious songs mostly, but still identify for us the seasonal event.
We rally to them and with them.
Halloween has nothing of the sort.  There are plenty of Halloween "party" albums, many with the name of the very suspicious Drew attached to them.  I am not suggesting that Drew's famous line of anything is bad.  It is not bad.  It  Everything on a Drew's disk is by "The Hit Crew" which means STUDIO COVERS!  Bollocks to that.  Anyway, a Halloween party CD with Super Freak and YMCA, as cool as that might be, is not really a "Halloween Carol" now is it?
If you do enough digging you can find all sorts of Halloween music that is appropriate.  I'll present some in later posts.  You will not find "Halloween Carols" however because there are not any.  Any attempts to make them are usually the result of taking Christmas Carols and changing the words.  Yes, yes, very witty in a 4th grade sort of manner.
There is, however, one thing that I routinely refer to as "The Halloween Carol", the sound of which says to me, "This is Halloween, me boyo!"  When I was a lad we had a plastic ghost that hung about a foot down from wherever it was attached.  It looked like a white plastic gum drop upon which a handkerchief had been glued.  There was a spooky face on it and it lit up and shook when a noise was made near it.  As it shook and the light flashed it made a sound that, as near as I can tell, consisted of 3 notes that shifted in pitch.  That sound was, to me, Halloween.  All the spooky decorations made that sound.
That ghost is long gone now; it has passed into the beyond to dwell with the lost Halloween decorations of the generations.  The sound, however, lives on.  I have a key-chain that makes the sound of the joyous "Halloween Carol" in all its spooky glory.  Play the clip below to hear and enjoy the thing that I call the Halloween Carol, long may it be the spooky sound of Halloween.

Below is a still photo of the ghost key-chain in question:

Ghostly Key Chain Being Held By the Hand of the Lovely Frau Punkenstein


  1. That is the soundtrack used whenever characters in the original day the Earth Stood Still where interacting with GORT.

  2. Haven't heard of that being called the "Halloween Carol", but it seems appropriate. I must have half-a-dozen decorations that make that same sound, including a shaking foam rubber tombstone with light-up eyes.

  3. I didn't know that about it being from TDtESS.

    It's only called the Halloween Carol by yours truly.