Vintage Halloween Music

Thinking about having a vintage Halloween theme or a Jazz filled Halloween party? Below I have compiled a list of toe-tapping Halloween songs from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Vintage Halloween music, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s

Early 20th Century

Hallowe'en Dance - American Symphony Orchestra (1909)
The Skeleton Rag - The American Quartet (1911) Written by rag-time artist Percy Wenrich
At the Devil’s Ball - Peerless Quartet (1913)
That Syncopated Boogie-Boo - The Premier Quartet (1913)
Spookville Chimes Fox Trot - The Victory Military Band (1914)
The Ghost of the Terrible Blue - The Peerless Quartet (1915)
Spooky Spooks - One Step - The Victory Military Band (1917) Written by rag-time artist Edward D. Claypoole.
Graveyard Blues - Earl Fuller's Rector Novelty Orchestra (1918)


Skeleton Jangle - Original Dixieland Five (circa. 1920s)
I'm a Jazz Vampire - Marion Harris (1921)
Haunted House Blues - Bessie Smith (1924)
Dead Man Blues - Jelly Roll Morton (1926)
White Shivers - New Orleans Owls (1926)
Heebie Jeebies - Louis Armstrong (1926) Later performed by The Boswell Sisters in 1932.
Ghost Dance - Truett and George (1927)
Devil's Gonna Git You - Bessie Smith (1928/9)
Bogey Wail - Jack Hylton and His Orchestra (1929)
Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo - Ethel Waters (1929)
Blue Spirit Blues - Bessie Smith (1929)
The Ghost of the St Louis Blues - Emmett Miller (1929) Also performed by Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets in 1930.
The Boogy Man Is Here - Tom Gerun Orchestra (1929)
The Spell Of The Blues - Frederick Vettel (1929)
Shivery Stomp - Frank Trumbauer’s Orchestra (1929)
Dancing the Devil Away - Vaughn De Leath (1929) 
Tain't No Sin, (To Take Off Your Skin And Dance Around In Your Bones) - Fred Hall (1929) Also performed by George Olsen and His Music, Lee Morse & Her Blue Grass Boys, Billy Milton & The Four Bright Sparks and Dan Russo.
Haunted Nights - Duke Ellington (1929)


Mysterious Mose - Rube Bloom and His Bayoo Boys (1930)
Bug-A-Boo - Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (1930) 
Dancing the Devil Away - Arden & Ohman Orchestra
The Haunted House - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (1931)
Haunted House - Ray Noble and His All Stars (1931)
Haunting Blues - Red Nichols & His Five Pennies (1931)
Shine on Harvest Moon - Kate Smith (1931)
The Nightmare - Cab Calloway (1931)
Hell's Bells - Sid Peltyn & His Orchestra (1932)
Hush, Hush, Hush, Here Comes the Bogeyman - Henry Hall (1932)
Ain't It Grand To Be Bloomin' Well Dead - The Barmy Brothers (1932)
The Ghost Walk - Borrah Minnevitch (1933)
I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance - Ted Fio Rito and Vera Van (1933)
Hells Bells - The New Yorkers with Dick Robertson (1933) Also recorded by Sid Peltyn and His Orchestra in 1938.
The Boogie Man - Todd Rollins and His Orchestra (1934)
Got the Jitters - Don Redman and His Orchestra (1934)
Zombie - Gene Kardos (1934)
Undertaker Blues - Buddy Moss (1934)
The House Is Haunted - Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra (1934)
Ghost in the Graveyard - The Prairie Ramblers (1935)
I'm A Ghost - Scrappy Cartoon (1935)
The Skeleton In The Closet - Louis Armstrong (1936). Also performed by Artie Shaw and Putney Dandridge in the same year.
Haunted Blues - Memphis Minnie (1936)
The Ghost - George Formby (1936)
The Ghost of Old Man Mose - Harry Gold and His Pieces if Eight (1936)
Mr Ghost is Going to Town - Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang (1936) Also performed by The Five Jones Boys in 1937.
The Black Cat - Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (1937)
The Goblin Band - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra (1937)
Satan Takes A Holiday - John Cali (1937) Also performed by Tommy Dorsey in the same year.
Skeleton In The Closet - Nat Gonella & His Georgians (1937)
Jeepers Creepers - Louis Armstrong / Ethel Waters (1938) This is really a love song but thanks to the film Jeepers Creepers it has taken on a sinister edge. The song was also performed by Paula Kelly and Al Donohue in 1939, as well as by Larry Clinton and His Orchestra and Frank Sinatra.
The Black Cat - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra (1938)
Nightmare - Artie Shaw (1938)
Creepy Feeling - Jelly Roll Morton (1938)
The Devil With The Devil Says - Larry Clinton and His Orchestra (1938)
The Little Man Who Wasn't There - Glenn Miller (1939)
The Ghost of Smokey Joe - Cab Calloway (1939)
Old Man Mose Ain't Dead - Nat King Cole Trio (1939)
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead - The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)
Strange Enchantment - Skinnay Ennis Orchestra (1939) Also recorded by Charlie Barnet in the same year.
Dracula - Gene Krupa (1939)


You've Got Me Voodoo'd - Louis Armstrong Orchestra (1940) Also sung by Mary Ann McCall.
With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm - Cyril Smith (circa 1940s) This is a song about the ghost of Anne Boleyn haunting the Tower of London. It was also recorded by Rudy Valle and His Connecticut Yankees, The Kingston Trio and Stanley Holloway.
The Boogie Woogieman - Glen Gray and His Orchestra (1940) Also performed by The Brian Sisters in 1942.
Swinging at the Séance - The Deep Rive Boys (1940) Also performed by Glenn Miller.
Dry Bones - Fats Waller (1940) Also performed by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
That Old Black Magic - Glenn Miller (1942). 
Jack, You're Dead - Louis Jordon (1947)
October Twilight - Frankie Carle and Nan Wright (1947)
The Halloween Song - Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff (1947)
The Headless Horseman - Bing Crosby (1948) This appeared in the Disney film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad. It also featured songs called Ichabod and Katrina. The Headless Horseman was later recorded be Thurl Ravenscroft and Kay Starr.
Graveyard Boogie - Buster Doss and his Arkansas Playboys (1948)
The Happy Monster - Chubby Jackson and His Orchestra (1948)
Ghost Riders in the Sky - Gene Autry (1949)

Continue with music from the 1950s and 1960s with the Retro Halloween Music.

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