Retro Halloween Music

The 1950s and 1960s saw an explosion of fun novelty Halloween music. So to continue with my Vintage Halloween Playlist here are a list of songs from the Crooners, the Groovers, the Rock 'n Rollers and the Doo-Wops.

Vintage and Retro Halloween music, 1950s and 1960s

1950s

 

Little Demon – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (circa. 1950s)
Haunted House – Johnny Fuller (circa. 1950s) It was also recorded by Jumpin’ Gene Simmons
Halloween – Betty Grable (1950) From the film My Blue Heaven
He’s a Demon, He’s a Devil, He’s a Doll - Betty Hutton (1950)
Haunted Heart - Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (1950)
Yodeling Ghost – Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters (1951)
Punky Punkin – Fran Allison (1952) Also recorded by Rosemary Clooney
The Wobblin' Goblin With The Broken Broom - Rosemary Clooney (1952)
Trick or Treat - Paul Smith and His Orchestra (1952)
My Friend the Ghost – Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (1953)
Nightmare - Jack Turner (1953)
I Want to be Evil - Eartha Kitt (1953)
The Ghost Song – Salty Holmes (1954)
Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater – Martha Raye (1954)
Yodeling Ghost – Patsy Montana (1954)
Spooks - Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins and His Chorus Orchestra (1954)
Hoodoo - Al Reed (1955)
Race With The Devil – Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps (1956)
The Rockin’ Ghost – Archie Bleyer (1956)
The Midnight Creeper Part 1 & 2 – Johnny Otis (1956)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Versatones (1956)
Spellbound by the Moon - The Enchanters (1956)
Tombstone No. 9 - Murray Schaff (1956)
Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra (1957) Also performed by Sarah Vaughan
The Hex - The Morocco's (1957)
Witch’s Brew – Darla Hood (1957)
I Put a Spell on You - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1957)
Frenzy – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1957)
The House is Haunted - Kay Starr (1957)
Wolf Pack – Kid Thomas (1957)
The Fang - Nervous Norvus (1957)
Rock N Bones - Elroy Dietzel and the Rhythm Bandits (1957)
Witch Doctor – David Seville (1958)
The Bat - Alvino Rey (1958) Instrumental, from the Vincent Price movie of the same name.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow – The Monotones (1958)
The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley (1958)
Old Devil Moon – Jo Stafford/Chet Baker (1958)
Vampira - Bobby Bare (1958)
Voodoo Voodoo – Lavern Baker (1958)
That Old Black Magic - Louis Prima and Keely Smith (1958) Also performed by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and by Marilyn Monroe in the movie Bus Stop and Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor.
Bo Meets the Monster – Bo Diddley (1958)
Dead - The Poets (1958)
The Day I Died – Scott Garrett (1958)
Frankenstein’s Den – The Hollywood Flames (1958)
Dinner With Drac – John Zacherle (1958)
Zombi – The Monotones (1958)
Mad Witch – Dave Gardner (1958)
The Monster’s Hop – Bert Convy (1958)
Screamin’ Ball at Dracula Hall – The DuPonts (1958)
She’s My Witch – Kip Tyler and The Flips (1958)
The Shadow Knows - The Coasters (1958)
Frankenstein’s Party – The Swingin’ Phillies (1958)
Igor's Party - Tony's Monstrosities (1958)
Graveyard – Leroy Bowman and The Arrows (1958)
The Blob - The Five Blobs (1958)
Horror Pictures - The Calvanes (1958)
I Was a Teenage Creature - Lord Luther (1958)
The Vampires - Archie King (1958)
The Mummy’s Bracelet – Lee Ross (1958)

Tarantula Ghoul, Halloween music
Tarantula Ghoul
Graveyard Rock - Tarantula Ghoul and Her Gravediggers (1958) Tarantula Ghoul was the horror hostess of the TV show House of Horror, which ran in the Portland, Oregon area from 1957-58.
King Kong - Tarantula Ghoul and Her Gravediggers (1958)
At the House of Frankenstein – The Four Counts and Big Bee Kornegay (1958)
Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor - The Big Bopper (1958)
Voodoo - The Ivies (1959)
Haunted House - Chris Kevin and the Comics (1959)
Wombie Zombie - Billy Taylor and The Tear Drops (1959)
Rockin’ In The Graveyard – Jackie Morningstar (1959)
Voodoo Woman – Sam Smiley (1959)
Castin’ My Spell – Johnny Otis (1959)
Rockin’ Bones – Ronnie Dawson (1959)
The Twilight Zone Theme (1959)
House on Haunted Hill – Frank De Vol (1959) Instrumental
I Dig You Baby – Bob McFadden and Dor (1959) A very strange jazz/beat number.
Monster Movie Ball – Spike Jones (1959)
He’s a Vampire – Archie King (1959)
Midnight Stroll – The Revels (1959)
The Howl – Johnny Eager (1959)
Cha Cha With the Zombies – The Upperclassmen (1959)
The Monster – Bobby Please and The Pleasers (1959)
I'd Rather Be Burned As A Witch - Eartha Kitt (1959)
Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula – The Diamonds (1959)
Dead Man's Stroll - The Revels (1959)

1960s

 

Happy Halloween - John Zacherley (circa. 1960)
The Werewolf – The Frantics (1960)
Nightmare – Scottie Stuart (1960)
Luke the Spook – Sheb Wooley (1960)
Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered - The Mohawks (1960)
Halloween Spooks - Lambert Hendricks and Ross (1960)
The Boogie Man – The Cadillacs (1960)
It’s Your Voodoo Working – Charles Sheffield (1961)
Ghost Train – Virgil Holmes (1961)
After Hours - Sarah Vaughan (1961) A slow jazz number.
Blue Moon – The Marcels (1961) The song was written in the 1930s but this version is probably the most well known. Three versions of the song were used in the movie An American Werewolf in London.
Little Devil – Neil Sedaka (1961)
The Living Dead - Jim Burgett (1961)
The Outer Limits Theme (1961)
Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead - Ella Fitzgerald (1961)
Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me - Stanley Brothers (1961)
Night of the Vampire – The Moontrekkers (1961) Instrumental
Johnny Remember Me – John Leyton (1961)
Jekyll & Hyde – Jim Burgett (1961)
Voodoo Woman - Curtis Knight (1961)
I Was A Teenage Monster - The Keytones (1961)
Rockin' Zombie - The Crewnecks (1961)
Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett (1962)
The Twistin’ Ghost – Maximilian (1962) Instrumental
Frankenstein Twist – The Crystals (1962)
Satan Is Her Name - Steve King (1962)
Night Before Halloween – Bill Buchanan (1962)
Beware – Bill Buchanan (1962)
The Monster Miss - Miss LL Louise Lewis (1962)
Vampire’s Ball – Mann Drake (1962)
Horror Movie – Mann Drake (1962)
Graveyard Ghost - Chuck and Oneda Harding (1962)
Grim Grinning Ghosts – Buddy Baker (1962)
Monster Love – Denny and Lenny with The Hollywood Ghouls (1962)
Walking Through Cemetery – Claudine Clark (1962)
Don’t Meet Mr Frankenstein – Carlos Casal Jr. (1962)
House of Horrors - Merv Griffin (1962)
My Baby Got a Crush on Frankenstein - Soupy Sales (1962)
Zombie Stomp – The Del Aires (1963)
Transylvania Twist – Baron Daemon and The Vampires (1963)
Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley (1963)
Mr Werewolf – The Kac-Ties (1963)
Spooksville – The Nu-Trends (1963)
Jack the Ripper - Screaming Lord Sutch (1963)
The Bogey Man - The Moontrekkers (1963)
Fear - The Ventures (1963) A cover of the theme from the TV series One Step Beyond.
Ghost Train - The Swanks (1964)
The Addams Family Theme (1964)
The Munsters Theme (1964)
Munster Creep – The Munsters (1964)
Haunted House - Jackie Wilson (1964)
Riboflavin Flavored, Non Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood - Don Hinson & the Rigamorticians (1964) From their album Monster Dance Party which included other gems like The Monster Jerk, Do the Rigamortis and That Little Old Graverobber Me.


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Draculena – Aaron McNeil (1964)
Zombie Walk – The Magics (1964)
She Haunts You – The Syndicate (1964)
Dance Along With Dracula (Doin’ The Drac) – The Monstrosities (1964)
Sing Along With Frankenstein (Aargh) – The Monstrosities (1964)
Dracula’s Daughter – Screaming Lord Sutch (1964)
Haunted House – Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs (1964)
I Want To Bite Your Hand – Gene Ross (1964) A vampire take on The Beatles song.
Devil with a Blue Dress – Shorty Long (1964) Also recorded by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels in 1966.
Dracula Drag - Jekyll and Hyde (1964)
The Curse of the Hearse - Terry Teene (1964)
Witches Brew – Janie Jones (1965)
Trick or Treat – Otis Redding (1965)
I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone (1965)
Bewitched – Peggy Lee (1965) A version of the TV series Bewitched theme.
Evil One - The Sapphires (1965)
My Love's a Monster - Johnny Sayles (1965)
Frankenstein Stomp – Count Lorry and The Biters (1965)
Night of the Sadist - Larry and The Bluenotes (1965)
I’m the Wolfman – Round Robin (1965)
They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha – Napoleon XIV (1966)
There’s A Ghost In My House – R Dean Taylor (1966)
Wolfman - Randy Fuller (1966)
All Black and Hairy - Screaming Lord Sutch (1966)
Zombie Jamboree - Harry Belafonte (1966)
Trick or Treat - Terry Randazzo (1966)
Voodoo In My Basement - The Lovin' Spoonful (1966)
Do the Zombie – The Symbols (circa. 1967)
A Thousand Devils Are Chasing Me - The Fifth Order (1967)
Séance - The Ebb Tides (1967)
Zombie - Johnny Fever (1967)
Spooky – Classics IV (1967/68) Originally an instrumental song, the lyrics “spooky little girl like you” were added later making the song a hit. It has since been covered by many singers and bands including Dusty Springfield, Andy Williams, Percy Sledge, The Zombies and REM.
Don't Leave Me in the Dark - Young Blood (1968)
My Girlfriend Is A Witch - The October Country (1968)
Halloween – Kay Lande and Wade Denning (1969)

 

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