If Halloween had a soundtrack, the music we have compiled here would feature heavily. These creepy tracks could help get into the right mood for Halloween, especially if these screamer videos don’t quite do it for you.
All tracks, EPs, and albums listed below are free to download from Bandcamp, while supply lasts. So get them before it’s too late!
Sam Haynes – The Curse
Genre: Electronic, soundtrack, horror music.
Sam Haynes is an electronic horror music composer. Inspired by classic horror themes, his dark and atmospheric music themes are often used as soundtracks. This Halloween, Sam has released three tracks which you can download for free until Halloween Night, October 31, 2017. The Curse is an unreleased track from the sessions for Sam’s latest album, Pumpkin on Your Stereo.
Snowbeast Records – Halloween Compilation No. 3: Rites
Genre: Halloween, alternative, compilation.
Snowbeast Records has been releasing Halloween compilations since 2013. All previous releases are free downloads and you can expect this year’s compilation to appear in a few days. Note that this third compilation contains a free bonus track.
Virgil Franklin – Halloween
Genre: Halloween, instrumental, soundtrack, horror, soundscape.
An avid composer, Virgil Franklin has released over 500 compositions and has scored a growing number of movie soundtracks. When not composing music, Virgil teaches audio recording at Vincennes University in Kentucky. This album of macabre melodies was released for Halloween 2015. It’s an instrumental collection of themes and soundscapes that could form the perfect backdrop for your Halloween event or your darkest nightmares.
Halloween5 – Halloween 5
Genre: Electronic, instrumental, trap, funeralbass, witch house, drill.
Halloween5 from Nottingham, New Hampshire presents a self-titled electronic album featuring five haunting tracks. The musical atmosphere ranges from upbeat (track 5) to dark and contemplative (track 3). As far as we know, Michael Myers was not involved in the production of this album.
A Group of Strangers – Halloweeny
Genre: Halloween, punk, hardcore.
Supposedly the previously unreleased score to a long lost film, the Halloweeny album features seven short and creepy tracks that could haunt your dreams. And if music doesn’t scare you there’s always Halloween-themed 3D printing.
Zirkus – Hello-we-en-light
Genre: Alternative, orchestra, swing, jazz, musical.
Zirkus is a 14-man musical theater group from Denmark. They unite a swing orchestra with dancers and acrobats. Their performances revive a 19th century-style experience that leaves the audience awestruck.
The Spell – HOWLoween
Genre: Alternative, blues, electro, rock.
From The Spell’s Facebook page: “[The Spell] have hop-scotched seamlessly through just about every possible genre and combination there of, forming their own unique collage-like style. A sound easily recognized by their fans, compliments their trancelike theatrical stage presence. You can expect to hear an orchestra of pounding sequences layered with live drums, along with bluesy guitars and keys led by melodic, sometimes psychedelic, vocals. Regarded by many Los Angeles music critics to be ‘LA’s best kept secret’ once you hear them you’ll forever be put under The Spell.”
Wolfmen of Mars – Universal Madness
Genre: Instrumental, rock, stoner rock.
From the album page: “Take some fuzzy guitars, big boxed VHS movies, analog synthesizers and those old Halloween decorations. Put ’em in a giant blender and you’ve got this album right here.”
Mega Drive – 3:33
Genre: Electronic, futuristic, retro, 80s.
Mega Drive is an anonymous producer from Dallas, Texas. Central Track managed to catch him for an interview following the release of 3:33: “Here’s what’s known about Mega Drive, which isn’t much: He lives in the area, he’s obsessed with the ’80s, and, before making the music he’s now making, he was in a local metal outfit that broke up last year.”
Various Artists – Pumpkin Guts
Genre: Electronic, dreamwave, dubstep, drumstep, edm, house, horrorchestra.
Pumpkin Guts is a sampler from Graveyard Calling, a record label that releases horror music on cassette and digital formats. This compilation features the most creepy tracks from its roster of dark music composers.
Cadav Grim – The Bride of Frankenstein
Genre: Electronic, dubstep, heavybass, trap
Cadav Grim is an elusive artist from Phoenix, Arizona. His experimental compositions cross multiple genres and the audio samples used make them somewhat unpredictable. In the words of the artist: “I express myself through music; if anything my goal is [to] help people lose control and move to the rhythm of their soul!”
What’s the Soundtrack to Your Halloween?
Now that we have helped you fill your Halloween playlist, it’s time to catch up on scary TV shows, carve some pumpkins, and work on creepy costumes for your whole family. And did you also know that Alexa boasts some spooky skills?
How do you spend Halloween? Is it even celebrated where you live? What songs do you use to soundtrack Halloween? Can you recommend any free Halloween-themed downloads to your fellow MakeUseOf readers? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!