Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’


Last year, after hearing about a really neat Halloween song set to the classical work, Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens, I did some research (letting my fingers do the walking) and found an online audio clip with scratches, et al, from a recording made in 1969.  I never anticipated the number of hits I’d receive *this* year from that same post. 

Recently, in the comments section for that post, I’ve had numerous requests for the lyrics to the hands-down Halloween favorite, ‘”H – A – double L – O – W – double E – N” spells Halloween’, so, by popular request,  included with the audio clip, here they are!

“H – A – double L – O – W – double E – N” spells Halloween,

“H – A – double L – O – W – double E – N” spells Halloween!

Halloween means ghosts & goblins,

Skeletons, monsters, & howling cats,

Spooky masks & jack-o-lanterns,

Witches & devils & big, black bats!

“H – A – double L – O – W – double E – N” spells Halloween,

“H – A – double L – O – W – double E – N” spells Halloween!

Halloween means ringing doorbells,

Scaring the people who open the door.

“Trick or treat” gets you candy and apples,

Then go to the next house and get some more.

“H – A – double L – O – W – double E – N” spells Halloween,

“H – A – double L – O – W – double E – N” spells Halloween! 

I’ve also had several readers asking if this song is still available for purchase or download.  To the best of my knowledge, it is not available for purchase on CD or through recognizable online music sources.  The original source that I downloaded it from last year took down the link.  I imagine that the bandwidth it took for downloads was considerable and costly to that blogger. 

However, it is still available through these two sources – Dave’s World 56 which gives you the option of purchasing a Halloween CD from him, or by downloading it directly yourself as a Zip file through Megaupload.com, which is what I did last week. 

The Halloween zip file (35.9MB) also includes, besides the favorite “Halloween“, nine other tracks: The Pumpkin Tells, A Weird Happening, The Strange Three, Guess What I Am, The Halloween Dance, She’s Stuck on a Broomstick, Little Orphan Annie, Witch’s Stew, and Pass The Witch’s Broomstick.  I plan on sharing some of these ahead in the coming weeks.  You do not need an account with Megaupload to download it, but I will confess that it was an extremely confusing process for me. 

Laughing Halloween Jack-o-lantern

I also received an email this week from my friend and fellow Kindermusik educator, Daneille Grimes of Norcross, with this little Halloween ditty from her childhood – sung to the theme from “In The Hall of the Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt Suite  by Grieg:

On October thirty one, when the sun goes to rest.

It’s the night of Halloween when fun is at its best,

Black cats, ghosts, and princess fair,

Holding hands everywhere,

It’s the night of Halloween –

There’s magic in the air!

Witch’s shadow on the moon,

Casting spells, flying her broom,

It’s the night of Halloween –

Quick! Change to your costume!

For all you musicians out there, here’s the musical notation:


And for your listening pleasure, here’s an audio clip of the orchestral classic that provided the melody:


Enjoy! 🙂


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One of the all-time greatest classics! Enjoy!






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Just received this Halloween song that was new to me.  It would be great to sing while carving your perfect Jack-o-Lantern!

Carving a Pumpkin for Halloween

(Sung to the tune of “Sing a Song of Sixpence”)

First you take a pumpkin
Big and round and fat
Then you cut the top off
That will make the hat
Then you hollow out the
nose and mouth and eyes
Show it to the children for a Halloween SURPRISE!

(Thanks, Michelle!)

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I love this book, but I especially love hearing Jerry Seinfeld read it himself.  Parents, this is for the child in you!  And also especially for my son, Matthew.  😉


Thanks, Christa! 😀

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Recently, my friend, Molly, posted on her blog about cute Halloween costumes that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, you can easily make them yourself, and they aren’t made of smelly vinyl possibly contaminated with dangerous lead levels.  I couldn’t resist sharing some of them here with you. 

Happy Clown

Happy Clown


* Attach two plastic pot scrubbers and a colored ball to the top of a cotton cap.

* Thread plastic pot scrubbers loosely with elastic as the clown’s collar

* Hot-glue or stitch three plastic pot scrubbers to the front of a one-piece jumper.

* Cinch pot scrubbers with twist ties and stitch or glue to shoes.




* Cut green sponges into triangles and stitch or glue them down the center of a pilot’s cap.

* Attach more triangles down the back of a matching bodysuit.

Bumblebee and Flower

DIY Baby Bumblebee 


* Make yourself a flower-petal collar from a plastic shower-curtain liner.

* For antennae, attach chenille stems topped with pom-poms to a cotton cap.

* Use bubble wrap as wings.

* Wrap a yellow towel around a baby carrier and fasten it with stripes of black electrical tape.

For additional information and costume ideas, visit Parent.com here.

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Green Monster 

This Halloween song is a favorite of many, including myself, but, today, this one is especially for you, Molly! 😀

Music Trivia Time:

Bobby Pickett

Recorded originally in 1962 by Bobby Pickett, an amateur musician, it literally “paid the rent for 36 years with this one song.” (as told to the Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Pickett passed away in April of this year.  He wrote a fun song that everybody loved, and managed to turn continous sales of it into a slow, steady lifelong income. No, Pickett never got rich like Paul McCartney or famous like Kurt Cobain, but he said that the song liberated him from ever having to work again. It was also covered by countless other bands, including punk rockers Bad Manners and The Misfits. (quoted from Wired.com, by Annalee Newitz)


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 Album Cover for “Halloween”

For your listening pleasure, enjoy this blast from the past (1969):   😀

2008 UPDATE: Complete lyrics are now available at this location on my blog:

I have also located another source to download the complete album that this song came from, and you will find it on that page as well.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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