Whether or not you’re transforming the front yard, porch, or stoop into a spiderweb-covered, bat-infested setting that just might deter even the most determined trick-or-treater, it’s easy to turn up the fear factor — all you need is a good playlist of tunes that is sure to cause one’s hair to raise on end and chills to run down the spine. These are some of our favorites.
"This is Halloween" — The Citizens of Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas
To start off the experience before you scare the bejeezus out of your guests.
"Main Title from The Twilight Zone" — Bernard Herrmann
Another classic to transition the evening to something quite spooky.
"Tubular Bells" — Mike Oldfield
Instantly creepy, it's the theme song from The Exorcist.
"Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House" — Walt Disney Sound Effects Group
A classic from the '60s and '70s.
"Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" — J.S. Bach
Chilling but not nightmare-inducing, this Halloween standard is great for young crowds.
"Bats" — Ultimate Horror Sounds
Because no haunted house is complete without these winged creatures.
"Breaking Glass" — The Hit Crew
It's enough to make anyone jump.
"Flesh Squishing and Eating" — Sounds of Horror
Just listen for yourself and you'll understand why this is the grossest on the list.
"Halloween" — Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie
Another creepy classic from the film Mysterious Skin.