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Halloween Vinyl Records

Between all the traveling I’ve been doing for work and the tropical storm coverage that’s been on the news, Halloween snuck up on me this year. To get me in the mood for tonight’s festivities, I pulled out a few of the Halloween records I purchased last year and played them on the turntable. First up is a Disneyland record: Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House.

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This album is a great two-for-one, as not only do you get classic haunted house sounds, but you also get (as you can see on the front cover) “spooky party hints”! As far as haunted Halloween sounds go, this album is fairly run of the mill. With tracks like “The Unsafe Bridge,” “Cat Fight,” and “The Very Long Fuse,” listeners have a pretty good idea what they’re getting here.

The “Spooky Party Hints” are printed on the album’s paper sleeve. One side contains instructions for Spooky Party Games, including “Snow White’s Apple on a String,” “Fortune Teller,” and “Toss the Ball Game”. I’m not sure who really needs printed instructions for “Toss the Ball Game,” but they’re there. The flip side of the paper sleeve contains advice on lighting and decorations, along with the helpful hint of reminding party throwers to send out invitations. Perhaps that’s why people never used to come to my parties!

Next up is Famous Ghost Stories!

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I think the word “famous” may be overstated, with stories like “The Haunted Gold Mine” and “The Ghost Ship” included here, although the record does include “The Headless Horseman” so at least one of the stories is famous. The back of the album cover contains drawings of a few horror characters done with an ink pen. The characters include an executioner, a guy that looks like William Shakespeare with his head cut off (he’s conveniently holding it), and a guy who looks suspiciously like Vincent Price.

Third on my playlist is the appropriately titled Halloween. In stereo!

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It makes me smile to know that there was a time when this could pass for album artwork. I also like the fact that although the album was recorded in stereo, there’s a reminder on the front that the record “can be played on monaural players” as well. Whew!

So many of these “sound effect” records have been produced throughout the years that sometimes it’s hard to find something to say about each one. This one contains “Ghost Combo,” “Storm,” and “Ghost in Dungeon”. There’s also “Spooky Sounds” which contains of “Dogs Howl,” “Glass Breaking,” “Water Running,” and “Goblins Laugh”. Another track, “Halloween Night,” is made up of “Witches Brew,” and “Witches and Warlocks”. The most interesting track to me was “Ghost from Outer Space.” The last track on the record is “Ghost Parade March,” along with comes the note, “The Ghost Parade will provide the music for your school festival march.”

Wow, it worked! I’m more in the mood than I was before! Happy Halloween, Retrofans!

8 thoughts on “Halloween Vinyl Records

  1. mwentworth says:

    The Disneyland record is the gold standard of spooky sounds for me. There are some moaning sounds on there that scare me just thinking about it!

  2. I love my Disney Haunted House vinyl too!

    Especially that screaming woman. Seriously, that sound is terrifying because she does it three times with the last one having the big finish.

  3. Yeah, I love Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House as well. I used to listen to it everyday as a kid. It both terrified and fascinated me, especially the “Timber” track.

  4. They always used to play one of these types of records in gradeschool, during the costume parade, although what they played was more coherent than most of the ones I’ve encountered on the web. (The ones I’ve found online are broken up into “songs”, with 5 minutes of witches cackling, then 5 minutes of chains rattling, then 5 minutes of howls, etc. In contrast, the one/s they played at school were like a continuous walk through a haunted forest.)
    The sound effects were my favorite part of the costume parade & I had always wanted one of those records, but I never knew what one/s the schools used.

  5. I’m a year late on this, but the link was just put into the twitter stream…

    Are there any digital sources for these titles? I’d love to hear that stuff.

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