Each October, when the leaves turn and the nights get darker
earlier, I find myself on a quest to seek out some spooky sounds to
serve as a sinister soundtrack for the season. This year, the new
offerings have been light, but the best pumpkin in the patch comes
from none other than Berwyn's own The Boogers, with a Halloween
anthem called "
I'm a Jack-O-Lantern."
In fact, the Chicago roots of this pumpkin-y punk band led me to
feature this quartet of family-friendly sonic frights, each with
the distinct flavor of the windy city:
The Boogers - "I'm A Jack-O-Lantern" (2013)
Ghosts, ghouls and witches; they'll run a mile when they see the
Jack-O-Lantern's scary smile.
Mr. Singer and The Sharp
Cookies - "Cartoon Saloon" (2012)
From their Bouncing Ball of Energy album, this song spins a tale
of a place where those who enter as flesh and blood will never
leave, as they'll all be turned into cartoons.
Poochamungas - "Bah Humbug
Initially issued as a single last year, this track appears on
the just-released Block Party! album, and puts a Christmas Scrooge
smack dab in the middle of an earlier holiday.
Justin Roberts - "Trick or Treat" (2010)
On Halloween morning, tune into the PBS Kids Sprout channel to catch Roberts as he
performs this song live in The Sunshine Barn with Chica and the
gang on The Sunny Side Up Show.
There's a lot of great Halloween music for kids and families
outside of town as well. Some seasonal staples that are essential
for each year are Gustafer Yellowgold's "Werewolves Rock," Andy Z's
"The Grand Scream of Things," Secret
Agent 23 Skidoo's "Shambles," and The Hipwaders'
"Howling at the Moon." But what about
the smallest ghoul in your crypt? Your "boo"-tiful baby? You'd be
surprised just how creepy lullaby versions of popular songs can
From the Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star collection comes
lullaby versions of Slayer, Slipknot, Korn and more. Each takes the
greatest hits of each metal act and transforms them into eerie
instrumentals that are not only nursery-friendly, but quite
Halloween-y as well.
Then again, "Lullaby Versions of The Nightmare Before
Christmas" just takes things straight to 11. In fact,
while these might be marketed as music for your little ones'
nursery, they'd make a fine soundtrack for you to greet the
trick-or-treaters at your door come next week. In fact, they'll
probably be playing at my house.
Known as The Rock Father, James Zahn is a work-at-home dad raising a pair of young daughters while his wife works outside the home.
See more of James's stories here.
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