Halloween Music 2014

Many of us will be hosting (or attending) Halloween parties this weekend so it's time to consider the music for the spooky party. While you can rely on the old standards (Monster Mash, Time Warp, etc.) I recommend setting the atmosphere for different areas of the party. The entry way is a good place for sinister instrumentals as well as rooms like the kitchen and bathroom where guests spend quite a bit of time. Below are some of favorites for the 2014 season, plus our recommendation for a reliable, streaming radio station.

Espectrostatic: "The Daemonum EP"
This Austin-based group released a fantastic self-titled debut last year and will be coming out with their sophomore album in a few weeks. In the meantime, they have given fans a free five-song EP to tide them over this Halloween. Download the album on their Bandcamp page.

Sam Haynes: "Ghost Stories" and "Spine Chillers"
This UK artist has had a prolific year with two new albums this year. The spring saw the debut of their creepy "Ghost Stories" and "Spine Chillers" was released this fall. Both offer very creepy music and every so often a little bit of 80s horror movie-style music (think John Carpenter's Halloween theme) comes through. Visit https://samhaynes1.bandcamp.com for more information.

Halloween at High Noon: Corpus Vile
The label dedicated to independent Halloween music has put out their 2014 compilation called "Corpus Vile". It's a mixed bag from 21 artists of mostly dub tracks with a touch of dance, a little but of a hipster vibe, and often incorporating samples. Visit High Noon Records.

Halloween Nuggets: Monster Sixties A Go-Go
This massive 99 track collection of 1960s Halloween & horror-themed music is exhaustive and covers every imaginable genre (with a heavy dose of underground, surf RnR and garage) for those of you know what a CD is, the packaging on this box set is supposed to be incredible. It's available at Amazon and iTunes.

If you can decide what to buy, skip the stores and head over to HalloweenRadio.net for free streaming Halloween music. With five channels, you'll find something for everyone, and you can either listen online (right through your browser) or stream them to iTunes, Window Media Player, Winamp, and TuneIn. Listen at HalloweenRadio.net