THE HALLOWEEN BOOMBOX: Seasonal Music To Die For Part 2

Welcome to part two of THE HALLOWEEN BOOMBOX, my ongoing series showcasing spooky tunes and scary melodies. In the last entry (seen HERE) I highlighted 22 cd releases and this installment features 23 more! If someone had told me when I first started collecting these music compilations that there would be so many I would have said that they were crazy!

In part one, horror host Elvira was showcased with multiple cd releases featuring her likeness and vocal talents. This time out horror host Zacherley has three entries!

First up is ZACHERLEY’S MONSTER MASH PARTY. This cd came out in 2013 and is unfortunately no longer available, except maybe on eBay. The original LP album came out in 1962. The tracks are (1) MONSTER MASH (2) MONSTERS HAVE PROBLEMS TOO (3) FRANK AND DRAC ARE BACK (4) LUNCH WITH MOTHER GOOSE (5) I’M THE GHOUL FROM WOLVERYON MOUNTAIN (6) MONSTER MONKEY (7) RING A DING AURANGOTANG (8) POPEYE (9) A-B-C (10) EIGHTY TWO TOMBSTONES (11) DEAR DEAR VALENTINE (12) GRACY (13) BAYING AT THE MOON (14) THE BAT (15) SCAREY TALES FROM MOTHER GOOSE (16) A SURE SIGN OF SPRING (17) WEIRD WATUSI (18) HANSEL & GRETEL (19) THE HA HA HA (20) TRANSYLVANIA P.T.A.

Next up is the 1995 release of DEAD MAN’S BALL. This is actually the first release by Zacherley that I ever bought (and it is my personal favorite). I would not of even known about this cd if it hadn’t been for SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE issue 12, that featured a “scary sound square” of Zacherley’s song “Zach Is Back”. I hated taking that record out of the magazine but I just had to hear it and it is just one of the best Halloween-themed songs I have ever heard, especially being a fan of Zacherley. As soon as I saw that this cd was available I bought it. The tracks are (1) DEAD MAN’S BALL (2) HAPPY HOLLOWEEN (3) GRAVE ROBBING TONIGHT (4) DINNER WITH DRAC (5) COME WITH ME TO TRANSYLVANIA (6) ZACH TV AUDIO (7) FORMALDEHYDE (8) SPIDERMAN LULLABYE (9) ZACH TV AUDIO (10) DOC FRANKENSTEIN (11) ETERNAL POLYESTER (12) ZACH TV AUDIO (13) WEREWOLF BITE ME (14) ZACH TV AUDIO (15) COOLEST LITTLE MONSTER (16) ZACH TV AUDIO (17) ZACH IS BACK (18) ZACH

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In 2005 INTERMENT FOR TWO was released on cd. This release is a follow-up to DEAD MAN’S BALL and is a celebration of John Zacherle’s entire career and features many rare clips. (1) DEAD-ICATION (2) INTERMENT FOR TWO (3) ZOMBIE ZOO (4) DEAR VALENTINE (5) VINTAGE ZACH RADIO AD 1967 (6) SATAN’S COUNTRY LINE DANCE (7) RENFIELD LAUGH (8) A WICKED THOUGHT (9) VINTAGE ZACH RADIO AD 1967 (10) FRANKENSTEIN’S DEN (11) ISOBEL (12) MONSTER BLUES (13) VINTAGE ZACH RADIO AD 1967 (14) SATAN’S COUNTRY LINE DANCE W/HOEDOWN (15) HERCULES COMMERCIAL LOOP 1963 (16) VINTAGE ZACH RADIO AD 1967 (17) STEVE ALLEN VISITS 1963 (18) VINTAGE ZACH RADIO AD 1967 (19) MISSING MONSTER 1958 (20) VINTAGE ZACH RADIO AD 1967 (21) DIRTY DANUBE

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Next up is the first of two volumes called MONSTER SOUNDS AND “BOPPIN” TRACKS. This import (from Brussels) features 22 tracks and is worth tracking down if you can find it. Occasionally copies do appear on eBay and they are alot of fun and include tracks found no where else. (1) LULLABY OF GHOST LAND by Frankie Stein (2) THE GHOSTMAN RINGS TWICE by Frankie Stein (3) IN A GROOVY GRAVE by Frankie Stein (4) THE SPOOK by The Tomko’s (5) THE WHIP by The Creeps (6) STRANGE HAPPENINGS by Rex Garvin (7) SPOOKY by George Barnes (8) THE SHEIK OF ARABY by Bob McFadden (9) GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (10) DOWN IN THE BASEMENT by The Munsters (11) DINNER WITH DRAC by John Zacherley (12) RAUNCHY by The Deadly Ones (13) SCENE OF THE CRIME by Dinah Shore (14) SATAN IS HER NAME by Steve King (15) MISTER WERE-WOLF by The Kac-Ties (16) STROLLIN’ SPOOKS by Ken Nordine (17) EXPERIMENT IN TERROR by Henry Mancini (18) GROOVY by Joe Dodo and The Groovers (19) THE HOWL by Johnny Fager (20) RUSSIAN ROULETTE by The Zanies (21) THE MONSTER SWIM by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (22) FRANKENSTEIN STOMP by Lorry and the Bitters

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Volume 2 (featuring exactly the same cover as Volume 1 except for red lettering and the “VOL.2 in the lower corner of the cover) features 27 tracks and like Volume 1, features stuff not found anywhere else. Both of these discs, in my opinion, can be played from beginning to end to the enjoyment of your Halloween party guests. (1) THE CREEPER by Jerry Wald (2) WHAT KIND OF GHOUL AM I by Frankie Stein (3) THE CHILLER by Googie Rene (4) THE THING by Curtis and The Creepers (5) DOOMSDAY by Zen Fuller (6) THE LURCH by Ted Cassidy (7) VAMPIRE by The Crystals (8) IGOR’S LAMENT by Tony and The Monstrosities (9) CHA-CHA WITH THE ZOMBIES by The Upperclassmen (10) THE BOOGIE MAN by The Cadillacs (11) DEAD by The Poets (12) TOMBSTONE NO. 9 by Murray Schaff (13) HINDU ON A HONDA by Count Down and The Moonsters (14) THE MAD SCIENTIST by The ZaNies (15) THE BLOB by The Five Blobs (16) THE GOO GOO MUCK by Ronnie Cook (17) MONSTER SURFING TIME by The Deadly Ones (18) MUMMY’S LITTLE MONSTER by Frankie Stein (19) FRANKIE AND IGOR AT A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY by Bob McFadden (20) MUNSTER CREEP by The Munsters (21) WEIRD WATUSI by John Zacherley (22) SURFER SMASH by Johnn “Boris” Jones (23) IGOR’S CHANT (PART 1) by Ziggy Gee (24) LAUGHING OVER MY GRAVE by Ray Stevens (25) MONSTER JERK by Don Hinson and the Rigamorticians (26) MONSTER MASH PARTY by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (27) MONSTER MASH by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

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Next up is also the first of a two-disc set, this time imported from Germany, and both featuring beautifully painted covers. MONSTER BOP came out in 1993 and features 30 tracks, many very hard to obtain! This is another one of those discs you can listen to beginning to end and enjoy totally! The complete track listing is (1) ROCKIN’ IN THE GRAVEYARD by Jackie Morningstar (2) WERE WOLF by Carl Bonafede (3) CAVEMAN HOP by Jerry Coulston (4) THE CAT by Rod Willis (5) MIDNIGHT MONSTERS HOP by Jack & Jim (6) NIGHTMARE by Scottie Stuart (7) GRAVEYARD by Leroy Bowman (8) THE SKELETON FIGHT by Mack Allen Smith (9) THE MONSTER HOP by Jimmy Dee (10)  STORY THAT’S TRUE by Carl Bonafede (11) THE GORILLA by Bert Convy (12) LEOPARD MAN by Joe Wallace (13) NIGHTMARE HOP by Earl Patterson (14) THE MONSTER by Bobby Please (15) GRAVEYARD by The Phantom Five (16) CAVEMAN by Tommy Roe (17) MAD HOUSE JUMP by The Daylighters (18) JEKYLL AND HYDE by Jim Burgett (19) HAUNTED HOUSE by Cris Kevin (20) THE HEAD HUNTERS by Mike Fern (21) I’M THE WOLF MAN by Round Robin (22) FRANKENSTEIN’S DEN by Hollywood Flames (23) THE MONSTER HOP by Bert Convy (24) DON’T MEET MR. FRANKENSTEIN by Carlos Casal, Jr. (25) I WAS A TEENAGE MONSTER by The Keytones (26) YOU CAN GET HIM FRANKENSTEIN by The Castle Kings (27) THE GILA MONSTER by Joe Johnson (28) FRANKENSTEIN ROCK by Eddie Thomas (29) I WAS A TEENAGE CAVE-MAN by Randy Luck (30) FRANKIE FRANKENSTEIN by Ivan.

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This disc, HORROR HOP, released a year later in 1994, features one of my favorite CD covers. The beautifully painted image of the demon from the 1957 film CURSE OF THE DEMON reminds me of those amazing covers of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND done by Basil Gogos! This collection, featuring 31 tracks, also includes many songs found no where else and is alot of fun to listen to beginning to end! The track listing on this collection is (1) BO DIDDLE IN THE JUNGLE by Tommy King (2) THE BIRDS by The Motivations (3) DRY BONES TWIST by The Drivers (4) AT THE HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN by Big Bee Kornegay (5) SHE’S MY WITCH by Kip Tyler (6) NIGHT MARE by Billy Sills (7) FOO MAN CHOO by The Revels (8) THE ZOO by Mickey Lee Lane (9) THE MUMMY’S BRACELET by Lee Ross (10) MONSTER HOLIDAY by Lon Chaney (11) THE MONSTER by Evans Carroll (12) TEENAGE CREATURE by Lord Luther (13) SHUDDERS AND SCREAMS by Ben Colder (14) SCREAMIN’ BALL by The Duponts (15) THE MORTAL MONSTER MAN by The Savoys (16) MIDNIGHT STROLL by The Revells (17) IGOR’S PARTY by Tonys Monstrosities (18) BLACK WIDOW SPIDER WOMAN by Jack Hammer (19) MAD WITCH by Dave Gardner (20) NIGHT MARES by John Sowell (21) VAMPIRA by Bobby Bare (22) VOO DOO WOMAN by Smiley Smith (23) GRAVEYARD ROCK by Tarantula Ghoul (24) WEREWOLF by The Frantics (25) WOMBIE ZOMBIE by Billy Taylor (26) BIG CHIEF BUFFALO NICKEL by Macey Ross (27) JUNGLE HOP by Kip Taylor (28) MOON MADNES by Pasquale & The Lunar-Tiks (29) WEREWOLF by Gary Warren (30) CREATURE FROM OUTER SPACE by Sonny Day and (31) AMAZON by Phil Carter.

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This 2009 release, THE ULTIMATE ROCKIN’ HALLOWEEN PARTY, is an import from the United Kingdom. This collection features 20 tracks, all by original artists and many once again, not found anywhere else. This is one of my favorite cds to listen to in the car while driving during the Halloween season. The track listing is (1) IGOR’S PARTY by Tony’s Monstrosities (2) THE VAMPIRES by Archie King (3) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (4) GRAVEYARD by Leroy Bowman And The Arrows (5) SCREAMIN’ BALL (AT DRACULA HALL) by The Duponts (6) BO MEETS THE MONSTER by Bo Diddley (7) SHE’S MY WITCH by Kip Tyler (8) FRANKENSTEIN’S DEN by The Hollywood Flames (9) THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATER by Sheb Wooley (10) THE SHADOW KNOWS by The Coasters (11) THE BLOB by The Five Blobs (12) FRANKENSTEIN’S PARTY by The Swingin’ Phillies (13) ROCK N BONES by Elroy Dietzel And The Rhythm Bandits (14) GRAVEYARD BOOGIE by Buster Doss And His Arkansas Playboys (15) SWINGING AT THE SEANCE by The Deep River Boys (16) HOODOO by Al Reed (17) ZOMBI by The Monotones (18) PURPLE PEOPLE EATER MEETS THE WITCH DOCTOR by The Big Bopper (19) THE FANG by Nervous Norvus (20) MR. GHOST GOES TO TOWN by The Five Jones Boys.

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THESE GHOULISH THINGS (HORROR HITS FOR HALLOWE’EN) is an import from London that came out in 2005. This compilation features 28 tracks, some of which are original radio plugs done by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. Though this collection features tracks found on some of the other cd’s I have discussed, this is still a great cd to have in your collection! One of the highlights of this release is the included booklet, that gives some great background information on the songs and the artists that performed them. (1) RADIO PLUG FOR MONSTER MASH ON STATION KFWB by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (2) SCREAMIN’ BALL (AT DRACULA HALL) by The Duponts (3) DRAC’S BACK by Billy DeMarco & Count Dracula (4) MIDNIGHT STROLL by The Revels (5) GHOST TRAIN by Virgil Holmes (6) THE MUMMY’S BALL by The Verdicts (7) FRANKENSTEIN’S DEN by The Hollywood Flames (8) I’M THE WOLFMAN by Round Robin (9) SPOOKSVILLE by the Nu-Trends (10) THE MUNSTERS’ THEME by Milton DeLugg & THe All-Stars (11) COOLEST LITTLE MONSTER by John Zacherle (12) MONSTER PARTY by Bill Doggett (13) THE CREATURE (FROM OUTER SPACE) by The Jayhawks (14) MR. WERE-WOLF by The Kac-Ties (15) RADIO STATION PROMO FOR BILL GAVIN by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (16) MY SON, THE VAMPIRE by Allan Sherman (17) THE MONSTER by Bobby Please & The Pleasers (18) THEME FROM THE ADDAMS FAMILY by The Fiends (19) NIGHTMARE MASH by Billy Lee Riley (20) THE VOO DOO WALK by Sonny Richard’s Panics with Cindy and Misty (21) FEAST OF THE MAU MAU by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (22) FRANKENSTEIN’S PARTY by The Swingin’ Phillies (23) LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by The Monotones (24) BO MEETS THE MONSTER by Bo Diddley (25) ROCKIN’ IN THE GRAVEYARD by Jackie Morningstar (26) RADIO PLUG FOR MONSTER MASH ON WCOP by Bobby “Boris” Pickett (27) MONSTER MASH by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers (28) THE VAMPIRE by Orvin Yoes

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This import, MONSTER HALLOWEEN HITS, if you can find it, is a great starter collection. This was released on Virgin Records in October of 2010 in the United Kingdom (why nobody releases great compilations like this in the United States I will never know). It features a wide range of music and I believe it is the only compilation that features both Michael Jackson and Iron Maiden! There are 67 tracks in all, featuring a lot not available anywhere else. I cannot recommend this set enough! I am a little confused though by the inclusion of the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”!

DISC 1: 1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson 2. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr. 3. “The Time Warp” – Damian 4. “Bat Out Of Hell” – Meatloaf 5. “Feed My Frankenstein (live)” – Alice Cooper feat. Rob Zombie 6. “Fire” – The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown 7. “Hell Raiser” – The Sweet 8. “Hocus Pocus” – Focus 9. “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” – The Charlie Daniels Band 10. “Frankenstein” – The Edgar Winter Group 11. “Ghost Town” – The Specials 12. “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” – David Bowie 13. “Hungry Like The Wolf” – Duran Duran 14. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult 15. “Race With The Devil” – Gun 16. “Black Night” – Deep Purple 17. “Witches Promise” – Jethro Tull 18. “Psycho Killer (live)” – Talking Heads 19. “Waltzinblack” – The Stranglers.

DISC 2: 1. “The Number Of The Beast” – Iron Maiden 2. “Monster” – The Automatic 3. “Spirit In The Sky” – Doctor & The Medics 4. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – BeatFreakz 5. “Nightmare (Sinister Strings Edit)” – Brainbug 6. “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” – Backstreet Boys 7. “She Wolf” – Shakira 8. “Amityville (The House On The Hill)” – Lovebug Starski 9. “Addams Groove” – MC Hammer 10. “Dracula’s Wedding” – Outkast Featuring Kelis 11. “A Nightmare On My Street” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 12. “Norman Bates” – Landscape 13. “Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman” – The Tubes 14. “Creep” – Radiohead 15. “Bad Things” – Jace Everett 16. “Poison” – Alice Cooper 17. “I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow 18. “Pet Semetary” – The Ramones 19. “The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead” – XTC 20. “(Waiting For) The Ghost Train” – Madness 21. “Halloween Spooks” – Lambert, Hendricks and Ross

DISC 3: 1. “I Put A Spell On You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 2. “The Blob” – The Five Blobs 3. “The Purple People Eater” – Sheb Wooley 4. “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett 5. “The Lurch” – Ted Cassidy 6. “Witch Doctor” – Don Lang 7. “Martian Hop” – Rocky Sharpe & The Replays 8. “Blue Moon” – The Marcels 9. “Love Potion No. 9” – The Clovers 10. “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra 11. “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” – Johnny Cash 12. “Werewolves Of London” – Warren Zevon 13. “The Witch Queen Of New Orleans” – Redbone 14. “Bad Moon Rising” – Hayseed Dixie 15. “Night Of Fear” – The Move 16. “The Skeleton And The Roundabout” – The Idle Race 17. “(You’re The) Devil In Disguise” – Elvis Presley 18. “Shakin’ All Over” – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 19. “Devil Woman” – Cliff Richard 20. “Black Magic Woman” – Santana 21. “Spooky” – Classics IV 22. “Angie Baby” – Helen Reddy 23. “Hammer Horror” – Kate Bush 24. “Ghosts” – Japan 25. “Ghost Song” – Air 26. “Carmina Burana: O’Fortuna” – Carl Orff 27. “The Addams Family: Main Theme – Victor Mizzy And His Orchestra And Chorus

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This next collection is another Rhino release from 2000 called BRAIN IN A BOX: THE SCIENCE FICTION COLLECTION. Leave it to a company like Rhino to come up with a 5 disc boxed set like this. This is one of the BEST ideas for a boxed set I have ever seen! The metal box is 7″ x 7″ x 7″ and on three sides is the holographic image of a brain…a brain in a box! The top and bottom of the box features the images of switches and gauges and on the back is the track listings of all five discs. I cannot recommend this set enough, if you can find it! New copies cost over $150 on Amazon though used copies can be found for about $50 (and it is worth it). One thing to remember about Rhino is that they always use original artists on their discs and though this is a science fiction-themed collection, many of the tracks can be used for your Halloween party as well. As an added bonus is a hard cover book called BRAIN IN A BOOK that is 200 pages long that not only discusses the songs in this collection but also the movies that influenced them! Have I mentioned how much I love this collection? To show you how good this set is, here is the complete track listing of all 5 discs!

DISC 1 MOVIE THEMES: (1) THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (SCIENCE FICTION/DOUBLE FEATURE) (2) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (3) FORBIDDEN PLANET (4) THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (5) IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (6) CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (7) THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (8) THE TIME MACHINE (9) THEM! (10) THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD) (11) FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (12) THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (13) FANTASTIC VOYAGE: RADIO SPOT ANNOUNCEMENT (14) FANTASTIC VOYAGE (15) PLANET OF THE APES (16) THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (17) CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (18) ALIENS (19) E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (20) ROBOCOP ROBO VS. ED-209 (21) ROBOCOP MAIN TITLE (22) TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (23) OUTLAND (24) WAR OF THE WORLDS (25) PREDATOR (26) THE FLY (27) MARS ATTACKS! (28) THE MATRIX

DISC 2 TV THEMES: (1) THE TWILIGHT ZONE (2) LOST IN SPACE (3) MY FAVORITE MARTIAN (4) DOCTOR WHO (5) THE JETSONS (6) THE TIME TUNNEL (7) ONE STEP BEYOND (8) THE OUTER LIMITS CONTROL VOICE INTRODUCTION (9) THE OUTER LIMITS MAIN TITLE (10) MEN INTO SPACE (11) THE THUNDERBIRDS (12) STINGRAY (13) ASTRO BOY (14) VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (15) LAND OF THE GIANTS (16) STAR TREK (17) STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (18) V (THE SERIES) (19) BABYLON 5 (20) THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR I (21) THE X-FILES (22) CHANGING CHANNELS

DISC 3 POP: (1) TELSTAR – The Tornadoes (2) BLAST OFF – Jimmie Haskell and His Orchestra (3) OUT OF LIMITS – The Marketts (4) HAVE YOU SEEN THE SAUCERS – Jefferson Airplane (5) WAITING FOR THE UFO’S – Graham Parker & The Rumour (6) SPACEMAN – Nilsson (7) SPACE CHILD – Spirit (8) FLYING SAUCER SAFARI – Suburban Lawns (9) UFO – Soul, Inc. (10) ROCKET – Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones (11) ROCKET TO NOWHERE – Webb Wilder (12) FOR SCIENCE – They Might Be Giants (13) MACHINES – Lothar & The Hand People (14) BEYOND TOMORROW – Stan Ridgway (15) THEME FROM THE CREATURE FROM UNDER THE SEA – Milton Delugg (16) HUMANS FROM EARTH – T-Bone Burnett (17) FEAR (MAIN TITLE FROM “ONE STEP BEYOND”) – The Ventures (18) ROCKET SHIP – Vernon Green & The Medallions (19) RADAR BLUES – Chris Conner (20) CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN – Roky Erickson (21) ROCKET SHIP – Kathy McCarty (22) AFTER THE GOLD RUSH – Prelude

DISC 4 INCIDENTAL/LOUNGE: (1) FROZEN NEPTUNE – Russ Garcia & His Orchestra (2) LUNAR RHAPSODY – Lee Baxter (3) MAN FROM MARS – Ferrante & Teicher (4) ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – Frank Comstock (5) SATURDAY NIGHT ON SATURN – Lee Baxter (6) WELCOME TO TOMORROW – Attilio Mineo (7) SPACE REFLEX (BLUES IN 5/4) – Dick Hyman (8) MARS, BRINGER OF WAR from THE PLANETS – The City Of Prague Philharmonic/Nic Raine (9) THEREMIN SOLO – Dr. Samuel Hoffman (10) GUITARS IN SPACE – Billy Mure (11) NOVA (EXPLODING STAR) – Russ Garcia & His Orchestra (12) SPACE IS THE PLACE – Sun Ra (13) TWILIGHT ZONE – Raymond Scott & His Orchestra (14) COSMIC BALLAD – Perrey Kingsley (15) MOON GAS – Dick Hyman (16) MONSTERS OF JUPITER – Russ Garcia & His Orchestra (17) SHE LIKES ME – Jerry Goldsmith (18) TONE TALES FROM TOMORROW – Frank Coe (19) ALIEN – Leonard Nimoy (20) ON PLANET X – David Garland With John Zorn

DISC 5 NOVELTY: (1) THE FLYING SAUCER (PARTS 1 & 2) – Buchanan & Goodman (2) BEEP! BEEP! – Louis Prima (3) THE BLOB – The Five Blobs (4) MARTIAN HOP – The Ran-Dells (5) MUSIC TO WATCH SPACE GIRLS BY – Leonard Nimoy (6) PLANET CLAIRE – The B-52’s (7) GIGANTOR – The Dickies (8) TWO LITTLE MEN IN A FLYING SAUCER – Ella Fitzgerald (9) FLYING SAUCER ATTACK – The Rezillos (10) FLYIN’ SAUCERS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – Billy Riley & His Little Green Men (11) UFOS, BIG RIGS & BBQ – Mojo Nixon & World Famous Blue Jays (12) WE’RE GOING UFO’ING – Jimmy Durante (13) SURF TREK – The Rubinoos (14) MISTER SPACEMAN – The Holy Modal Rounders (15) MEET SPACE PILOT JONES – The Satellite Singers (16) THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATER – Sheb Wooley (17) KNOCKED OUT JOINT ON MARS – Buck Trail (18) TINY SPACE MAN – Bill Carlisle (19) (WHEN YOU SEE) THOSE FLYING SAUCERS – Buchanan Brothers & The Georgia Catamounts (20) UNFUNKY UFO – Parliament (21) YOU CAME FROM OUTER SPACE – The Kirby Stone Four

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This collection, THE BEST OF HALLOWEEN, is a two-disc set that makes a great starter collection! It features 50 songs that are all must-haves in a Halloween novelty song collection. This is put out by One Day Music and it also features some fun artwork.

Disc 1: 1) Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers 2) Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers 3) The Purple People Eater -Sheb Wooley 4) Frankenstein’s Den – The Hollywood Flames 5) Werewolf – Garry Warren 6) Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall) – The Duponts 7) Dinner With Drac, Pt. 1 – John Zacherle 8) Jekyll And Hyde – Jim Burgett 9) Igor’s Party – Tony’s Monstrosities 10) The Fang -Nervous Norvous 11) At The House Of Frankenstein – Big Bee Kornegay 12) The Mummy’s Bracelet – Lee Ross 13) Ghost Satellite – Bob & Jerry 14) Graveyard Rock – Tarantula Goul 15) The Little Martian – Jan Amber 16) Midnight Monsters Hop – Jack & Jim 17) Don’t Meet Mr. Frankenstein – Carlos Casal & Jr. 18) Amazon – Phil Carter 19) Graveyard Shift – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers 20) Frenzy – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 21) Leopard Man – Joe Wallace 22) The Bat – John Zacherle 23) The Vampires – Archie King 24) The Gila Monster – Joe Johnson 25) The Shadow Knows – The Coasters

Disc 2: 1) I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 2) ‘Til The Following Night – Screaming Lord Sutch 3) Rabian The Fiendage Idol – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers 4) Gravy (With Some Cyanide) – John Zacherle 5) Rockin’ In the Graveyard – Jackie Morningstar 6) Teenage Creature – Lord Luther 7) Voodoo Woman – Smiley Smith 8) She’s My Witch – Kip Tyler 9) Rocket To The Moon – The Astro-Notes 10) Zippy, Hippy, Dippy – Coye Wilcox 11) The Martian Band – The Wild Tones 12) Monster Mash Party – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers 13) You Can Get Him Frankenstein – The Castle Kings 14) The Cat – Rod Willis 15) Let’s Twist Again (Mummy Time Is Here) – John Zacherle 16) The Voo Doo Walk (feat. Cindy & Misty) – Sonny Richard’s Panics 17) The Monster Hop – Bert Convy 18) Count Down – Casey Grams 19) Popeye (The Gravedigger) – John Zacherle 20) Mad House Jump – The Daylighters 21) Jungle Hop – Kip Tyler 22) Sunglasses After Dark – Dwight Pullen 23) Night Of The Vampire – The Moontrekkers 24) Music To Be Murdered By – The Alfred Hitchcock Orchestra 25) The Purple People Eater Meets The Witchdoctor – The Big Bopper

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HALLOWEEN NUGGETS: MONSTER SIXTIES A GO-GO, is a three-disc set by Rock Beat. It features 99 tracks, many never before released with a variety of fun movie trailers thrown in as well.

Disc 1: 1) Witch Girl – The Mystrys 2) The Beast of Sunset Strip – Teddy Durant 3) Seance – The Ebb Tides 4) Why Do I Love You – Bela La Goldensetin 5) Graveyard – The Phantom Five 6) Tombstone No. 9 – The Aristocrats 7) Rockin’ In The Graveyard – Jackie Morningstar 8) Halloween Convention of Spooks – movie trailer 9) I’m The Wolfman – Round Robin 10) Jam At The Mortuary – Griz Green 11)Two Souls – The Grim Reaper 12) Count Macabre – The Connoissurs 13) Haunted – The Madmen 14) Devil’s Driver Theme – The Vettes 15) The Voodoo – Terry Gale 16) Voodoo Doll – Glenda & Glen 17) Ghost Guitars – Daron Daemon & The Vampires 18) Jekyll And Hyde – Jim Burgett 19) Atom Age Vampire – movie trailer 20) Vampire’s Ball – Mann Drake 21) Vampira – Bobby Bare 22) Zoola Zooky – Johnny Anderson 23) Frankenstein & Dracula – movie trailer 24) Mr. Frankenstein – Peter & The Wolves 25) Dr. Spook Twist – Frankie Stein and His Ghouls 26) The Wolfman – movie trailer 27) Werewolf – Gary Warren 28) Werewolf – The Frantics 29) Bury Me Deep – Chance Halliday 30) E.S.P. Theme for Shock Theatre – The Weirdos 31) The Raven – Kenny And The Fiends 32) The Guillotine – The Executioners

Disc 2: 1) The Invasion Is Coming – Invasion 2) Plan 9 From Outer Space – movie trailer 3) They’re Here – Boots Walker 4) Shadows In The Night – The Quests 5) Psychotic Reaction – Positively 13 O’clock 6) Castin’ My Spell – The Spellbinders 7) Deep Sleep – Chance Halliday 8) The Chiller – Vic Plati Quintet 9) The Night Stalker – Teddy Durant 10) Marble Orchard – The Graveyard Five 11) Wombat Twist – Glenn & Christy with The Adventures 12) Zombie Stomp – Billy Ghoulston 13) The Blob – movie trailer 14) It – Johnny Fraser and the Regalaires 15) Do The Zombie – Mr. Baseman & The Symbols 16) Go Go Gorilla – The Shandells 17) Go Go Cannibal – Ronnie Self 18) Robot Monster – movie trailer 19) Strolling After Dark – The Shades 20) Black Magic – Jericho Jones 21) The Mummy – movie trailer 22) The Mummy’s Bracelet – Lee Ross 23) The Mummy Walk (Walking Death) – The Contrails 24) The Werewolf – movie trailer 25) The Werewolf – Carl Bonafede & The Gemtones 26) Howl – Johnny Eager 27) I Was A Teenage Frankenstein – movie trailer 28) I Was A Teenage Monster – The Keytones 29) (I Was A) Teenage Creature – Lord Luther with the King’s Men 30) The Astro Zombies – movie trailer 31) Creature From Outer Space – Sonny Day and the Tony Ray Combo 32) Spider Walk – The Sabres 33) Nightmare – The Abstracts

Disc 3: 1) Scream – Ralph Nieson & The Chancellors 2) Night Of The Blood Beast – movie trailer 3) Roland – Billy & The Dukes 4) Evil Eye – Al Saxon 5) The Salem Witch Trial – Kiriae Crucible 6) One Eyed Witch – The 7th Court 7) Mad Witch – Dave Gardner 8) Witch Queen of New Orleans – Ervinna & The Stylers 9) Witchcraft In The Air – Betty Lavett 10) Burn Witch Burn – The Circus 11) Monster’s Bride – Miss L. L. Louise Lewis 12) Wolf Gal – Glenn Ryle 13) Midnight Rain – Gary Warren 14) Creature From The Black Lagoon – movie trailer 15) The Monster – Evans Carroll & The Tempos 16) Wombie Zombie – Billy Taylor & The Teardrops 17) Watusi Zombie – Jan Davis 18) Here Comes The Hearse – Terry Teene 19) Knives And Lovers – Frankie Stein and His Ghouls 20) Madness – The Blue Knights 21) Jack The Ripper – The Elites 22) Night Of The Phanton – Larry & The Blue Notes 23) Cha Cha With The Zombies – The Upperclassmen 24) Old Boris – Bela La Goldenstein 25) Haunted House – Chris Kevin 26) The House On Haunted Hill – movie trailer 27) The House On Haunted Hill – Kenny & The Fiends 28) Devil Blues – Skip Manning 29) Devil’s Gotten Into My Baby – The Devotions 30) Grim Reaper – The Twelfth Night 31) Grave Yard Creep – James Duhon 32) Godzilla King of the Monsters – movie trailer 33) Campo De Vampiros – Les Holys

Rhino Records used to be the best source of novelty song compilations but a more recent company, Wanda Records, has taken over releasing many new compilations, oftentimes showcasing songs not previously available. I first covered two of Wanda Records’ collections in part 1, with the titles HALLOWEEN FRIGHT NITE and BOMP IN THE NIGHT. Here I present for you ten additional collections by Wanda!

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This collection is features 27 fun tracks, most of which have never been released before!1) Trick or Treat – 4 Flops 2) Zombie Walk – Magics 3) Headless Ghost – Nightmares 4) Monster Mash – Frankie & the Newports 5) Dead – Poets 6) Frankensteins Den – Hollywood Flames 7) I’m In The Ground For Good – Newports 8) Zombie Jamboree – King Flash & Calypso Carnival 9) Mummy’s Ball – Verdicts 10) Queen of Halloween – Chotalls 11) Horror Pictures – Calvanes 12) Spooksville – Nu-Trends 13) Witch Doctor – Frankie & Fashions 14) Dead Man’s Stroll – Revels 15) Screamin’ Ball – Duponts 16) That Halloween Night – Denise & Double-Dates 17) Rockin’ Zombie – Crewnecks 18) Frankenstein’s Party – Swinging Philles 19) My Baby Likes Scary Movies – Pete & the Bloodsuckers 20) Nightmare Mash – Bill Riley 21) Dorothy-My Monster – Companions 22) The Vampire – Archie King 23) Monster’s Love – Danny & Lenny with Hollywood Ghouls 24) At the House Of Frankenstein – Big Bee Kornegay & Group 25) Beware – Bill Buchanan 26) Dracula – Zane Brothers 27) Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde – Crystalairs

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Wanda Records keeps them coming with this 27 track release called HAPPY HORROR HALLOWEEN from 2005. One thing I will say about these compilations by Wanda is that the songs never repeat themselves so that you can actually buy all of their discs and never have the same song appear twice! 1) Count Drunkula – The Starlits 2) Monster Concert – Bobby Pickett 3) Zombie Jamboree – Jerry Landis 4) Transylvania (orig. version) – Zacheley 5) Teenage Monster – Jay Matty 6) Don’t Meet Mr. Frankenstein – Carlos Casal Jr. 7) Movin’ Outta This Haunted House – Bill ‘Butterbean’ Flippo 8) Monster Movies – Clif & Marty 9) Frankenstein Rock – Eddie Thomas 10) Peabody’s Tomb – Steve Bledsoe & the Blue-Jays 11) Monster Mash – The Monsters 12) I Was a Teenage Monster – The Keytones 13) Spooky Movies – Lee Lilly 14) The Mummy – Bubi & Bob 15) Cha Cha With the Zombies – The Upperclassmen 16) The Creep – Basil The Monster 17) Jekyll & Hyde – Jim Burgett 18) The Witches Crew – The Tweens 19) The Creature – The Jayhawks 20) Drac The Knife – Gene Moss 21) Coolest Little Monster (orig. version) – Zacheley 22) You Can Get Him Frankenstein – The Castle Kings 23) The Monster Twist – Tyrone A’Saurus 24) The Monster – A Pair of Kings 25) Frankenstein Stomp – Count Lorry & the Biters 26) Happy Ghoul Tide – Brice Armstrong & the All American Ghouls 27) Rockin’ in the Graveyard – Jackie Morningstar

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HALLOWEEN HORROR SHOW features 25 more tracks, 90% of which has never been released on cd before! 1) The Little Monster Song – Kenny Vance 2) Vampirella – Bruce & the Heartbreaks 3) Anything Can Happen on Halloween – Tim Curry 4) Trick or Treat – The Boys 5) The Headless Horseman – Bing Crosby 6) The Skeleton in the Closet – Louie Armstrong 7) The Best Things in Life are Dead – The Vegas Vampire 8) Riboflavin Flavored, Non Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood – Don Hinson/Rigamorticians 9) His Ghoul – Ghoularly Knight 10) Out of the Bushes – Murray Kaufman 11) My Baby Got a Crush on Frankenstein – Soupy Sales 12) Nightmare – Danny Harrison & the Count Victors 13) Monster Hootenanny – Gene Moss 14) The Pumpkin Man – Kathy Bee 15) Werewolf – Carl Bonafede 16) The Horror Show – Sharkey Todd 17) Dinner With Drac – Lee Kristofferson 18) Frankenstein – Bart Lewis 19) You’ve Got Me Voodoo’d – Louie Armstron 20) I’m a Monster – Scotty Mac Gregor 21) Headless Nightmare – The Villagers 22) Voodoo Voodoo – Lavern Baker 23) Tombstone Number 9 – Murray Schafe & the Aristocrats 24) Monster Goose Rhymes – Gene Moss 25) Horror Show – Johnny Thunder

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HALLOWEEN SCARY TALES from 2009 is another great release by Wanda Records featuring 25 songs, 80% of which has never been available on cd before! 1) Nightmare – The Marvels 2) Rock a Boogie – Andy Quinn 3) Transylvania Twist – Baron Daemon & the Vampires 4) Dinner With Drac – Children of The Night 5) Werewolf – The Frantics 6) Voodoo Doll – Rhonda Silver 7) My Son the Folk Monster – Larry Foster 8) Punky Pumpkin – Rosemary Clooney 9) The Ghoul in School – The Fortunes 10) Don’t Open the Grave – The Val Doros 11) Zombie Stomp – Billy Gholston 12) Dracula’s Wedding – Lord Chatterly 13) Gonna Go Down (To See My Baby) – The Rainbows 14) It’s a Monsters Holiday – Chick Willis 15) Will the Real Dr. Frankenstein Please Stand Up – The Zanies 16) Spooks the Cowboy – Sheppy King 17) Voodoo Dolly – Jimmy Hombs & the Invictas 18) I Crept Into the Crypt and Cried – Vic Norwin 19) Tombstone – Johnny Darcy 20) Teenage Creature – Doug Coby 21) Zombie – Johnny Fever 22) Nightmare Hop – Earl Patterson & the Darts 23) Franken Boogie – Frankie Stein 24) Chilly Billy’s Vamp – Bill Cardille 25) Monsters Have Problems Too – Zacherley

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LOVE AT FIRST BITE features 25 more tracks that are a welcome addition to all Halloween-themed music collections! 1) Love At First Bite – The Four Quarters 2) Monster Movies – Joey Dee 3) Hindu on a Honda – Countdown and the Moonsters 4) Screemin Meemies – Merv Griffin 5) Bugeyed Man – The Hollywood Argyles 6) The Cool Ghoul – Sharkey Todd 7) The Spook Spoke – Jupiter Jones 8) Surfer Smash – Bobby Boris Jones 9) Terror Vision Time – Brian and Gary 10) Spooky Movies – Roy Clark 11) Monsters Holiday – Buck Owens 12) Frankenstein Meets the Beatles – Jeckyll and Hyde 13) That Little Old Grave Robber Me – Don Hinson 14) Dracula – Desmond Dekker 15) (All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings – Vampira & Dracula 16) Zombie Jamboree – The Fairy Tales 17) The Wobblin’ Goblin – Rosemary Clooney 18) Graveyard Cha Cha – Frankie Espo & Lenny 19) Monster Time – Children of the Night 20) Monsters A Go-Go – Billy Gholston 21) Franken Boogie – Alt. Version Frankie Stein 22) Monster Party – Bill Doggett 23) House in the Alley – The Brassetts 24) The Invisable Thing – The Casual Three 25) Monster Mash – The Fairy Tales

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HALLOWEEN BASH, from 2011, features 25 tracks, 85% of which has never been released on cd before (according to the disc). To me this is a great selling point! 1) The Were Wolf – Benae Carol 2) Witch Doctor – Blazers 3) That Tickles – Brigidi Sisters 4) Teenage Brain Surgeon – Eddie Davis 5) This Way Frankie – Lord Chatterly 6) Dr. Poop – Howie Post 7) Mad Witch – Dave Gardner 8) Little Old Lady From Transylvania – Ghouls 9) I Created A Monster – Glenn Barber 10) The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley 11) Ghost Guitars – Baron Daemon & Vampires 12) The Witch Doctor – Faron Young 13) Sittin’ Up in the Casket – Ron Britt 14) Voodoo Kiss – Don Sargent & Buddies 15) The Evils of Frankenstein – Choctan John 16) Teenage Creature – Lord Luther 17) Vampire – Jesse Martinez 18) Monster Holiday – Lon Chaney 19) Scalaroomie – Eddie Garson 20) Sittin’ Up with the Dead – Ray Stevens 21) Grave Yard Creep – James Duhon 22) Scarry Harry – Stylists 23) The Ghost of Love – Gar Bacon 24) Your Love is Haunting Me – Johnny Elgin 25) Zombie Jamboree – Harold (DIgby) McNair

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HAUNTING HALLOWEEN, from 2012, features 80% material never found on any other cd release. My question is: where is Wanda finding all of these great songs? 1) The Mummy – Naturals 2) Who Dat? – Commodores 3) Frankie Frankenstein – Ivan 4) The Graveyard Hop – Chants 5) There’s A Fungus Among Us – Hugh Barrett & Victors 6) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Monotones 7) Dead Girls Are Easy – Graveyard Shift 8) Nightmare – Jack Turner 9) Janie Made a Monster – Fabulous Five 10) Witches Brew – Darla Hood 11) Terrible Ivan – Art Roberts 12) Gila Monster – Joe Johnson 13) She’s My Witch – Kip Tyler 14) Spooks – Louie Armstrong 15) These Ghoulish Things Behind Me Are You – Sheldon Allman 16) There’s a Ghost In My House – R Dean Taylor 17) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Versalones 18) Boger Gonna Get You – Onie Wheeler 19) Swinging at the Seance – Deep River Boys 20) Keep A Gloomy Thought – Ethel Merman 21) Mr. Ghost Goes to Town – 5 Jones Boys 22) Trick or Treat – Teddy Randazzo 23) Doin’ the Monster Mash – Leonard Jewell 24) The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor – Joe South 25) Merry Monster Christmas – Len Maxwell

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HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR from 2013 is another great Wanda Records release with 27 assorted tracks, some released before and some not. 1) Lurch – Ted Cassidy 2) Devil’s Doll – Florida Joe 3) The Nightmare – Steve Barry 4) Jam at the Mortuary – Griz Green 5) Barnabas – Vampire State Building 6) I’m Your Witch Doctor – John Mayall 7) Bury Me Deep – Chance Halladay 8) Roland – Billy Duke & Dukes 9) John Smiths Body – Toledos 10) Halloween – Russ Conway 11) Beep Alonia – Glenn Mooney 12) I Created A Monster – Freddy Hart 13) Little Monster – Baker Sisters 14) Jack the Ripper – Elites 15) You Are My Girl – 3 Stooges 16) Voodoo Doll – Interiors 17) Shock Party – Amery Lynn 18) One Eyed Monster – Al Reed 19) The Drink That Makes You Shrink – Lord Douglas Byron 20) The 4-D Man – Dor & Confederates 21) The Little Martian – Jan Amber 22) Creepy Willy – Griz Green 23) I’m Bats About You – Vampire State Building 24) Munster’s Theme – Dick Jacobs Orchestra 25) Jingle Bones – Witches 3 26) Happy Birthday – The Count Lenny S 27) Grave Yard Rock – Tarantula Ghoul & Her Grave Diggers

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You just don’t get better than the 2014 release IF THE BROOM FITS RIDE IT for an album title! Wanda Records does it again with 25 more exciting Halloween tracks not found on any of their other collections! 1) Take Me To Your Leader Cha-Cha-Cha – Sam Space & Cadets 2) Nightmare – Billy Sills 3) Voodoo Doll – Amelia 4) Dr. Frankenstein’s Castle – Slick Slavin 5) The Eighth Floor – Johnny and Jay & High Hats 6) Mad House Jump – Daylighters 7) Zombie – Salmas Brothers 8) U.F.O. – Gene McKown 9) She’s Fallen In Love With A Monster Man – Revillos 10) Zulu Drake – Charlie Drake 11) Drac’s Back – Billy Demarco & The Count 12) The Thing – Phil Harris 13) House of Frankenstein – Johnny Legend 14) The Creep – Carillons 15) The Mad Scientist – Zanies 16) The Spider and The Fly – Bobby Christian 17) Soap Sally – Wes Lee Band 18) Spooky – Sal & Watchers 19) The Bell Witch – Merle Kilgore 20) The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati – Possum 21) Let’s Twist Again (Mummy Time Is Here) – John Zacherle 22) Haunted House – Jumpin’ Gene Simmons 23) Frankenstein of ’59 – Dickie Goodman 24) Ajax Mortuary – Hudson and Landry 25) Little Green Riding Hood – Children of the Night

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Lastly from Wanda Records is THE WITCHES INN from 2015 featuring 25 Halloween Treats. 1) It Came From Outer Space – Buddy Hackett 2) Spooky Halloween – Dan Henry/Angels 3) The Little Green Men – George Morgan 4) I’m The Wolfman – Round Robin 5) Goo Goo Muck – Ronnie Cook 6) Rest In Peace – Chad and Jeremy 7) Transylvania – Children Of The Night 8) Old Boris – Bela La Goldstein 9) The Purple People Eater Ate The Little Blue Man – John Foster 10) Scalamoocie – The Touchables 11) Frankie And Igor At A R&R Party – Bob McFadden 12) It’s Your Voodoo Working – Charles Sheffield 13) Halloween Party – Jackie Starr 14) The Monster Hop – Jimmy Dee 15) The Abominable Show Man – The Copy Cats 16) The Mummy – Bob McFadden and Dor 17) Graveyard – Leory Bowman/Arrows 18) Munster Creep – The Monsters 19) Haunted House – The Compton Brothers 20) Trick Or Treat – Dan Henry/Angels 21) Voodoo Woman – Curtis Knight 22) The Spook – The Tomko’s 23) The Son Of The Mummy – Bob McFadden and Dor 24) Why Do I Love You – Bela La Goldstein 25) Graveyards – Marble Orchard

Coming up next: HALLOWEEN BOOMBOX: Seasonal Music To Die For Part 3!

~David Albaugh

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