My October posts from October 2010 and 2011 talk about Halloween songs and ideas. I thought it would be helpful if I just listed the recordings, books and videos that I’ve found over the years to corral them all in one place. Let me know if they are helpful to you.
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman can be found in hard back, paperback or even on the Kindle. If you go on You Tube you can find my very favorite recording sung in opera style complete with recitatives. I use it every year in the nursery school and it is a hit with all classes. You’ll need to have the book to see all of the pages, though, since only the cover is shown.
I also found it in e book format
5 Little Pumpkins board book by Dan Yaccarino can be found on Amazon. It is also on the shelves at Target.
Monster Mash book by Hallmark is out of print but you can find it on Ebay and other online stores. I think I bought mine at Giant last year. Should have bought a bunch, but who knew?
Dem Bones by Bob Barner – a version of the old favorite told by dancing skeletons. I also found a video that is well done on You Tube. It is also in the Baltimore County Library.
Chiller recorded by Eric Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. Contains many classical recordings such as Danse Macabre, Night on Bald Mountain and In the Hall of the Mountain King (which the kids always tell me is on Little Einstein) and many more. Just remember that this CD has sound effects which are scary to little ones.
Elmo Says Boo! – a great recording for small children. This can be found at the library. Plenty of videos of this on You Tube. There is a DVD on Amazon of this. Great, non- scary songs for tots.
Halloween; Monster Mix by Manheim Steamroller – If you like New Age music, this is the one for you. Beware the scary sounds are not for little ones, though.
The Purple People Eater – Great dance music
The Monster Mash
Ghost Busters Theme
Witchcraft – by Frank Sinatra. The skeleton in the movie, Hocus Pocus, sings another version.
I Put a Spell on you – of course the best is Bette Midler’s version in Hocus Pocus. Sung with Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. Here is the You Tube version, but it might scare the wee ones.
Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for organ
We have a song in Music Together called One Little Owl which works as a Halloween song too.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Mickey from Fantasia
These are just a few suggestions. I haven’t had small children for some time. Let me know if you have any suggestions of things that have worked for your family. I’d love to hear about them.