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Holidays: Halloween

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 10:10:34 -0500
From: kwerlin(a) (Kayla Werlin)
Subject: Hallowe'en responses

Colleagues - Many thanks for the suggestions regarding Hallowe'en
programming. Most helpful was my search at the choral resource site. Here
are the other suggestions.

"This Old House is Hainted" by Jester Hairston

DANSE MACABRE of Saint Saens .This song was found in a book of
french songs. This is would work well as a unison selection.The book was an
international edition

A good two-part Britten piece for Hallowe'en is "Ride-by-Nights." It's a canon
and a good partner to Old Abram Brown, but it's much more challenging that
that piece. My children's chorus had a terrific time learning it!

You might think of arranging "The Ghost of Tom, " an old round I learned
in elementary school.

What about "Horrotorio" by John Horrivit. Its in SATB but can be adapted
to SAB.

There's a Ghosts piece by berlioz you might like.

Kayla Werlin

Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 13:36:22 -0500 (EST)
From: David Griggs-Janower
Subject: Halloween

I think all the responses have stopped coming in. Here's my
compilation. There are also 16 or more responses on the Choral
Resource Cite under repertory (many of which came from a MUSICA
search using key words ghost, fantome, or Gespenst), which would take
up a lot of space to duplicate here. Thanks to all who sent in stuff!

David Griggs-Janower
Albany Pro Musica

Halloween choral music

Subj: pumpkin carol compilation


Deck the patch with orange and black Fa la la etc.
Take along your goodie sack fa la
Don we now our gay apperal fa la
Troll the ancient pumpkin carol fa la.

See the great one rise before us fa la
As we sing the pumpkin chorus fa la
Follow him as he ascends fa la
Gather with true pumpkin friends fa la


Dashing through the streets, in our costumes bright and gay.
To each house we go laughing all the way.
Halloween is here, making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing pumpkin carols tonight.

Oh Pumpkin Bells, Pumpkin bells ringing loud and clear
Oh what fun great pumpkin brings when Halloween is here.
Oh Pumpkin Bells, Pumpkin bells ringing loud and clear
Oh what fun great pumpkin brings when Halloween is here

Version 2:
GHOULS AND GHOSTS (Jingle Bells tune)

Ghouls and ghosts, ghouls and ghosts
how they love to scare
Little boys and little girls
that run and scream so scared, OH


Up in the pumpkin patch witches pause,
out jumps the great one hear the applause.
Down through the rows with goodies and toys,
All for this followers Halloween joys
Haunt, haunt, haunt who wouldn't want,
haunt, haunt haunt, who wouldn't want to go.
Out in the pumpkin patch cheer, cheer, cheer,
Waiting for the great one and being sincere.


Oh you better not shriek, you better not groan,
You better not howl, you better not moan,
Great Pumpkin is coming to town.

He's going to find out from folks that he meets
Who deserves tricks and who deserves treets
Great Pumpkin is coming to town

He's known in every pumpkin patch,
haunted houses far and near
He knows if you've been spreading gloom,
or been bringing lots of cheer.
So, you better not shriek, you better not groan,
You better not howl, you better not moan,
Great Pumpkin is coming to town.


I'm dreaming of the Great Pumpkin
Just like I do this time of year.
When he brings nice toys
To good girls and boys,
Who wait for him to appear.

I'm dreaming of the Great Pumpkin
With every pumpkin card I write
May your jack-o-lanterns burn bright
When the Great Pumpkin visits you tonight.

I'm dreaming of the great Pumpkin
Just like I do this time each year
When he brings nice toys
To good girls and boys
Who wait in a patch that is sincere.

I'm dreaming of the great Pumpkin
with every pumpkincard I write
May your days be merry and bright
As your jackolanterns burn bright.

12 bats a flying
11 masks a leering
10 ghouls a groaning
9 ghosts a booing
8 monsters shrieking
7 pumpkins glowing
6 goblins gobbling
5 scarey spooks
4 skeletons
3 black cats
2 trick or treaters
and an owl in an old dead tree.

And on e unfinished one...

Pumpkin lay ybaking
Baking in a pye
Four Hundred Degrees
Thought he no too high

And all was for a dinner
A dinner in Straughan Hall
...and the rest of the memory is unreadable!

We're on sidewalks, we're on porches,
Dressed in costumes to scare.
Through the city we're ringing the doorbells.
Trick or treating, candy eating,
Gooey stuff in our hair,
But the most fun is shrieking out loud:
Shivery yells, shivery yells,
That's the Halloween nitty-gritty.
Moan and groan, leave us alone;
Halloween's just one night a year.

Chester's roaming in an open patch,
Jack is stepping on his toes;
We'e all waiting for Great Pumpkin to come
And we're dressed up in goblin clothes.
Everybody knows the goodies that Great Pumpkin brings
Help to make our "spirits" bright.
Pumpkin followers with flashlights aglow
Will keep their watch all through the night.
They know Great Pumpkin's coming back.
He'll bring a lot of toys and goodies in his sack
And all the kids will gather in a batch
When the Great Pumpkin rises out of the patch!
And so I'm offering this wise advice
"You're gonna grin from ear to ear
On Halloween night when the Great One returns
If your patch is sincere."

Screech owls hoot, are you list'nin?
Beneath the moon, all is glist'nin
A real scary sight, we're happy togniht,
Waitin' in a pumpkin wonderland.

In the patch, we're watching for Great Pumpkin
We've been waiting for this night all year,
For we've tried to be nice to everybody
And to grow a pumpkin patch this is sincere.

Later on, while we're eating
What we got trick-or-treating,
We'll share all our sacks
of Halloween snacks,
Waitin' in a pumpkin wonderland.

O PUMPKIN CARDS (O Christmas Tree)

O pumpkin cards! O pumpkin cards!
Carry greetings to my friends
Let them know the day is here
When Great Pumpkin will apear.
O pumpkin Cards! O pumpkin cards!
Carry greetings to my friends.

(I heard the beels on Christmas Day)
I heard the beels on Halloween
Their old, familiar carols scream,
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
The Pumpkin season's here again.

Then pealed the bells more loud and strong
Great Pumpkin comes before too long,
The good will get, the bad will fret,
The Pumpkin season's here again!

You must locate a copy of Mendelssohn's First Walpurgisnacht--the Cleveland
Orchestra recorded it just a couple of years ago. It's quite
funny--especially given that fact that Mendelssohn was also so elegant that
a diminished 7th chord was his version of Excorcist Pea Soup in sound.

Not really "Halloween" but Hugo Distler's Totentanz (Dance of Death) is a
tremendously powerful piece, evoking the harbinger of death.

The original setting of Night on Bald Mt. employs a chorus - listen to Abbado`s

The Ride-by-nights Benjamin Britten
"Die Erste Walpurgisnacht" by Felix Mendelssohn.
"This House is Hainted" by Jester Hairston
"The Witch", op 5 (1898) by Edward MacDowell (for TTBB; I've never actually
seen this piece).

Jabberwocky, in the setting by Sam Pottle
Tom O'Bedlam, by Jacob Avshamolov
Dry Bones - I would have used the arrangement by Phyllis Tate

Derek Holman has a set of three pieces called Night Music, of which the
first is called The Witches' Charm. (The other two are Lullaby and What Hath
Night to Do With Sleep.) Quite complex harmonically and rhythmically, with
piano acc., but very attractive set.

hist whist -- r.w. jones

My acapella group has created an arrangement of "Kidnap the Sandy Claws"
from Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Xmas". It is fairly easy to do, as
the "solo" parts are all spoken, except int he chorus. We use 3 solo
speakers and 2 background parts (cello/trombone and violin on the
recording) And it fits Halloween....
Paul Sinasohn sinasohn(a) SF Native CAL '80
How about "The Specter's Bride" by Dvorak?

I've come across 2 settings of "Hist Whist" (a poem by e.e. cummings). I
think one setting is for 2-pt chorus (SA), and it's by Persichetti.

Dear David, You might try:
The Ride By Nights, Britten SA
Dry Bones, arr. Livingston Gearhart
For All the Saints, arr. Vaughan Williams
Witching Hour, Daniel Pinkham SSA (electric guitar)
This Old House is Hainted, Jester Hairston
Ghost Riders in the Sky, Lubboff (TTBB)

How about some solo songs by Tom Lehrer
I Hold Your Hand In Mine
The Irish Ballad
The Masochism Tango

or Peg in My Heart?

You're right -- I can't think of a thing that's specifically Halloween-y.
Long ago, I used Britten's "The Ride-by-Nights" and "Old Abram Brown" in a
Halloween concert, but I think I was "reaching." The first is about witches
and the second about a dead man -- spooky, but not directly related to
Halloween (unless I've forgotten something in the text of "The Ride-by-

Would Mendelssohn's Walpurgisnacht be close enough? DR

hist whist r.w. jones for speaking chorus

There are two items suitable for Halloween that come to mind:
hist whist (V. Persichetti/e.e. cummings) SSA, Carl Fischer
Nachtens (Brahms) SATB, various sources

We just completed a All Hallow's Eve Concert:
1. In The Midst of Life, We Are in Death
Dies irae
Antiphona de Morte (1967) Barne Slögedal (ndy*)/
Notker Balbulus (died 912 A.D.)
Draw on, sweet night (1609) John Wilbye (died 1638, age 64)
Tarantella (1937) Randall Thompson (died 1984, age 85)
Down Among the Dead Men (1961) Ralph Vaughan Williams
(died 1958, age 86)

2. Those Who Have Gone Before
Old Abram Brown (1936) Benjamin Britten (died 1976, age 63)
sam was a man (1964) Vincent Persichetti (died 1987, age 72)
Allerseelen (1885) Richard Strauss
arranged by Leo Braun

3. A Romantic View
"If here, where all is dark and silent" and "From the realm of souls
departed" from Orpheus and Eurydice (1762)
Christoph W.Gluck
(died 1787, age 73)
Le Ballet des Ombres (1829) Hector Berlioz (died 1869, age 63)/
text by Albert Duboys,
from Johann Herder (died 1803, age 59)

4. Mourning Becomes Eclectic (We Look At Death From Both Sides Now)
Sure on this shining night (1941) Samuel Barber (died 1981, age 71)
The Lover's Ghost (1913) arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams (still dead)
Riders in the Sky arranged by Pete Rupay (ndy)/ Stan Jones (ndy)

5. Something Wicked This Way Comes
Hist Whist (1966) Vincent Persichetti (still dead)
Witches Chorus from Macbeth (1847) Giuseppe Verdi
(died 1901, age 87)
When the Night Wind Howls from Ruddigore (1887)
Sir Arthur Sullivan (died 1900, age 58)
and Sir William S. Gilbert (died 1911, age 75)
That ole' House is Hain'ted (1970) Jester Hairston (ndy, age
100) Soloists: Martin Chai, Rosalynn Deguzman

The second Half was mostly devoted to a marathon entitled: Modern Musical
Madness Medley and included stuff from Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of
Horrors, Jeckel and Hyde, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd. Mainly in published
choral arangements or as solos.
Wm. García Ganz Associate Director, UC Choral Ensembles, Berkeley

How about Hindemith's "The Demon of the Gibbett" for a cappella men's voices?
As the couple rides by the gallows, the ghost snatches the bride from the
couples' horse. A sort of Ichabod Crane, Erlking story.

Britten - The Ride-by-Nights (I think that is the title) for children's

Date: Mon, 6 Nov 95 16:36:01 +0100
From: sturm(a) (Jean Sturm)
Subject: Re: Songs on ghosts


I did not find the precise title you are looking for, but I was wondering
what Musica International database contains refering to ghosts!

After the search, I had to remove numerous references to the "holy ghost",
and here below comes the result: I'm pretty sure that your french teacher
will find something useful in it.

* Jean Sturm *
* Centre d'Art Polyphonique d'Alsace - Musica International *
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> Hello & Happy almost-Halloween!
> I am seeking info concerning a song which may (or not) be entitled "Le
>Fantome de la Tour Eiffel"--this phrase recurs throughout.



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1. Garcon la note. - Le fantome du chateau
Amiot, Pierre (-) [France]
Text : Amiot, Pierre (-) [France]
Publisher: Paris: France: Scarabee [in Chansons/5 Recueils (Garcon la
Note) / Garcon, la note ...]
Ref. : p.13-15
Genre/Style/FORM : Song, Secular
Choir Type : SATB (4 mixed voices)
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 1 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): A
Duration : 1 mn
Text in French # of Verses: 5
Availability in library of CAPA: 2

2. A Dance of ghosts (Formez vos rangs)
Berlioz, Hector (1803-1869) [France]
Text : Duboys, Albert (-)
Publisher: New-York: USA: Broude Brothers
Ref. : 800 ; 18 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Round, Secular, Romantic, Dance
Choir Type : STTB (4 mixed voices)
Instruments : piano (1)
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 3 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): C
Tonality : C minor
Text in English, French
Availability in library of CAPA: 1

3. Sur le visage d'automne...
Bernier, Rene (1905-1984) [Belgium]
Text : Librecht, Geo (-)
Publisher: France: Editions Francaises de Musique, 1955 [in
Incantations; suite chorale a cappella pour 4 voix egales]
Ref. : EFM 131 ; 6 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Descriptive song
Choir Type : SSAA (5 women voices)
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 3 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): C
Tonality : D minor Duration : 2 mn
Text in French

4. Reflections of a Lad at sea. - THE GHOST SHIP
Besig, Don (-)
Text : Besig, Don (-)
Publisher: USA: Shawnee Press Inc., 1982
Ref. : E-267 (3)
Genre/Style/FORM : Choir, Secular
Instruments : piano (1)
Text in English

5. Quand vous serez bien vieille
[Sonnet pour Helene]
Cosma, Edgar (-) [France]
Editor or restitutor: Corneloup, Marcel
Text : Ronsard, Pierre de (1524-1585)
Publisher: Lyon: France: A Coeur Joie, 1994
Ref. : CA 58 ; 8 p.; "Choeurs Accompagnes"
Genre/Style/FORM : Secular
Choir Type : SATB (4 mixed voices)
Instr.: piano (1
Instruments : piano (1)
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 2 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): C
Tonality : E minor Duration : 3.50 mn
Text in French # of Verses: 1
Source of text: Sonnet pour Helene, II,43.

6. Luna park. - Le train fantome (1995)
Mus.: Duret, Daniel (1960-) [Switzerland]
Text : Duret, Daniel (-); Venturi, Catherine (-)
Publisher: Divonne-les-Bains: France: La Boite a Chansons, 1995
; 3 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Song, Children
Choir Type : UNISSON (1 equal voices)
Instr.: piano (1
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 1 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): A
Tonality : E flat major Duration : 2 mn
Text in French # of Verses: 4
Country or region : France

7. Luna park. - Souvenir (1995) (Sur la place du marche)
Mus.: Duret, Daniel (1960-) [Switzerland]
Text : Duret, Daniel (-); Venturi, Catherine (-)
Publisher: Divonne-les-Bains: France: La Boite a Chansons, 1995
; 3 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Song, Children
Choir Type : U (1 equal voices)
Instr.: piano (1
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 1 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): A
Tonality : F major Duration : 1 mn
Text in French # of Verses: 1
Country or region : France

8. Indian Summer
Mus.: Herbert, Victor (1859-1924) [USA]
; arrgt: Puerling, Gene (-)
Text : Dubin, Al (-)
Publisher: New York: USA: Warner Brothers Publications, 1955 [in The
Gene Puerling Sound]
Ref. : A 1291; p.34-40 ; 7 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Contemporary, Vocal jazz
Choir Type : SSAATTBB (8 mixed voices)
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 3 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): C
Tonality : A major Duration : 2.50 mn
Text in English

Jones, Robert (1577?-1615?) [Great Britain]
Text : Cummings, Edward Estlin (1894-1962)
Publisher: USA: Shawnee Press Inc., 1970
Ref. : A-1076
Genre/Style/FORM : Choir, Secular
Choir Type : SATB (4 mixed voices)
Instruments : percussion (1)
Text in English

Kodaly, Zoltan (1882-1967) [Hungary]
Text : Kolcsey, Ferenc (-)
Publisher: Vienne: Austria: Universal, 1938
Ref. : UE10877
Genre/Style/FORM : Secular
Choir Type : TBB (3 men voices)
Text in English

Lang, Hermann (1883-1977) [Switzerland]
Text : Ronsard, Pierre de (1524-1585)
Publisher: Lausanne: Switzerland: Foetisch
Ref. : Vol012 ; 4 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Madrigal, folktune
Choir Type : SATB (4 mixed voices)
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 1 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): C
Tonality : C major Duration : 3 mn
Text in French
Country or region : Switzerland

12. Chariot d'etoile (1988) (Comme un vaiseau fantome)
Millers, Jean-Pierre (-) [France]
Arrgt: Ott, Norbert (-)
Text : Moreau, Jean-Marie (-)
Publisher: Divonne-les-Bains: France: La Boite a Chansons, 1990 [in Dos
Ados No7]
; 4 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Variety
Choir Type : SAB or SAA or TBB (3 mixed, women, men voices)
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 1 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): B
Tonality : D minor Duration : 1.50 mn
Country or region : France

13. Drei Mannerchore. - Singende Gespenster (Herunter mit dem Jadekrug)
Steffen, Wolfgang (1923-) [Germany]
Text : Li-Tai-Pe (-); Klabund (-) (text adapt.)
Publisher: Berlin: Germany: Bote und Bock, 1954
Ref. : 21109 ; 3 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Secular, Lied
Choir Type : TTBB (4 men voices)
Type of score : Full score
Tonality : C major Duration : 1.50 mn
Text in German

14. LE FANTOME DE L'ECOLE (1989) (C'est le fantome de l'ecole)
Mus.: Vogt, Michel (-)
Text : Vogt, Michel (-)
Publisher: C.R.D.P. de Grenoble, 1989 [in Chantons...C'est la fete]
Ref. : p.23 ; 1 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Children, Secular, Song
(1 children, unis. voices)
Instruments : guitare (1)
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 1 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): A
Tonality : D minor Duration : 1.50 mn
Text in French # of Verses: 4

brumm du gutes Radchen)
Wagner, Richard (1813-1883) [Germany]
; arrgt: Poos, Heinrich (1928-) [Germany]
Publisher: Mainz: Germany: Schott, 1983
Ref. : ED 7153 ; 12 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Opera, Romantic, Secular
Choir Type : SSAA (4 women voices)
Instr.: Piano a quatre mains (1
Instruments : piano (1)
Type of score : Vocal score with keyboard reduction
Diff. CHOIR (from 1 to 5) : 2 Diff.CONDUCTOR (from A to E): C
Tonality : G major Duration : 3 mn
Text in German
Country or region : Germany

16. 102 Gespensterchen
Wallas, Herbert (1905-1979)
Text : Kruss, James (-)
Publisher: Germany: Rhein-Main-Verlag
Ref. : R 335 M ; 2 p.
Genre/Style/FORM : Secular, Lied
Choir Type : SSA (3 women voices)
Tonality : G major
Text in German

Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 23:21:23 -0400 (EDT)
From: David Schildkret
Subject: SSA Halloween Music

I received 10 responses to my request for suggestions of titles a women's
choir might sing at Halloween. Here is the list:

Britten: Old Abram Brown
John Carter: "Jabberwocky" from A Fit of Carroll
r. w. jones: hist whist
J.A. Parks: "The Goblins" and "Seein' Things at Night" (from Concert
Quartets No. 2)
David Passmore: Insect-Asides
Persichetti: hist whist
Verdi: "The Witches' Chorus" from Macbeth
?: Theme from "The Addams Family"
?: The Monster Mash

Thanks for the suggestions, many of which I can use. I'll add one of my
own: we'll probably do several choruses and solos from "Ruddigore" by
Gilbert and Sullivan.

If you have other ideas, I'd be glad to hear them.

==David Schildkret phone: 910-721-2636
Director, Salem College School of Music
e-mail: schildkret(a)

Thanks to everyone who responded (some time ago now) to my query. The following were recommended by several people:

Mendelssohn: Die erste Walpurgisnacht
Brahms: Naechtens
Wolf: Der Feuerreiter

I decided to go with the Brahms.

Also mentioned:
Schubert: Erlkoenig (assigning "parts" of the solo to different sections)
Brahms: The Fiddler from 6 Folk Songs
Schumann: Elven women's choruses from Der Rose Pilgerfahrt
Mendelssohn: Elfenlied
C.M. von Weber's "Der Freischutz. (scenes)
Marschner's opera "Der Vampyr" (1828),

other suggestions which either weren't German or weren't 19th century:
Berlioz: Ballet des Ombres, "Mab" from Romeo & Juliette
Horrotorio by Joseph Horovitz
Gilbert & Sullivan "When the Night Wind Howls (The Ghosts' High Noon)" [from Ruddigore]

Some people asked for the complete program. Here it is:
Gesualdo: Moro lasso
Brahms: Nachtens
Ravel: Trois chansons
Halffter: Tres Epitafios
Rhodes: Witticisms and Lamentations from the Graveyard
Persichetti: Hist Whist (women)
arr. Whalum: Somebody's Callin' My Name (men)
Orban: Daemon irrepit calidus

Thanks for your suggestions.

Clayton Parr
Director of Choral Activities
DePaul University, 804 W. Belden, Chicago IL 60614
fax (773)325-7264

The following is a complation of the responses that I received from my
inquiry about Halloween/Fall music. I think Hist Whist was mentioned most
often. Thank you so much all of you. You have made my first year teaching
much easier!

-Kylie Regan
Highlander Way Middle School
Howell, MI

Old Abram Brown
- Monster Mash or Witch Doctor, both SAB and probably still in print
- Hist Whist (4 part speech choir and percussion; MSers will do it when
HSers won't)
- Autumn Song- Eugene Butler (SSA and worth the time... simply GORGEOUS!)
- Autumn Vesper- Audrey Snyder
- Tom Lehrer's songs: The Hunting Song and the Irish Ballad (MSers LOVE
these) unison, in the book Too Many Songs by Tom Lehrer, Pantheon Books
-Sine Nomine (by R. Vaughan Williams for All Saints' Day, day after
Haloween), SATB
-Phantom of the Opera, the Lojeski medley or individual pieces therefrom
-You could try the "horortorio" by Joe Horowitz.
-You could work in "FOG" by Carl Sandburg. (Fog creeps on little cat
feet....) Can't remember who wrote the music -- just a very short piece. I
believe it was in one of the MAKING MUSIC YOUR OWN elementary school music
-Benjamin Britten's 'Old Abram Brown,' which is a 4-part canon.
-Seeing Things at Night," which has harmony lines and percussion parts.
Middle school could do a great job with it.
-If you want to do "legit" stuff look into Britten, Vaughen Williams,
Persichetti. They have marvelous literature written for children.. Also a
unison ((a)2) piece called "Ask the Moon" is wonderful!
- Well, the Carmina Burana were used in "The Exorcist" -
plus the music sounds creepy either by nature or just
by association with that movie . . . however, the text
- although in Latin - is some pretty sudsy stuff -and
it may be inappropriate for that age group.
-Hist Whist
-The Adams Family
-The Fog (Audrey Snyder) a lovely canon
-There is an ee cummings poem called "Hist Whist" that a few composers have
set. I recall a setting for spoken chorus that is really fun when you do a
little choreography with it. It's perfect for Halloween. Hope this helps.
-How about an extended arrangement of "Old Abram Brown" with
augmentation, diminution, etc.
-My high schoolers loved The Ghost of John canon. It
is fairly simple but really sounds Halloweeny.
might try "hist whist" if it is still available in print from Shawnee
Press. It is a speaking chorus, on an e.e. cummings text and lots of fun.
-"If I Were a Witch"
-I've been away from my e-mail for several days, but if thousands of people
haven't already recommended it, "The Ride-By-Nights" by Benjamin Britten
(Boosey & Hawkes) is a fun 2-part piece about witches on broomsticks.
There's also a good piece called "Trolls" by Clifford Crawle (Leslie Choral
Series #1193) that's not exactly Halloween, but monster-oriented. "Trolls"
is in unison, and good for enunciation study.

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Thanks to all who responded to my inquiry last Fall! Here is a compiled
repertiore list for a Halloween/Fall Concert.

Revenge of the Dust Bunnies by Dan Adams
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Snakes by Thomas Duffy
The Monster Under the Bed by Bob Sheldon
House of Horrors by Wallace
Harry Potter Themes
Monster House
The Simpsons (anything that is fun to do)
Monster Mash by Jeff Funk
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Hist Whist by R.W. Jones -Shawnee
Hist Wist by Persechetti
Double Trouble from Harry Potter by John Williams
Old Abram Brown by Benjamin Britten
The Addams Family arr. by Mark Brymer
Daemon Irrepit Callidus by Gyorgy Orban (difficult)
Night Noises by Ruth Elain Schram
Fog by Audrey Snyder
"Wicked" selections
"Jeckyll and Hyde"
Phantom of the Opera
A Dream by David Avshalomov
Autumn Song (SSA)
Ride By Nights 2 part by Britten
This Old House Is Haunted - Harrison?
The Ghost of Tom
Pumpkin Carols
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (vocal jazz)
Witchcraft (vocal solo)
Into the West from Lord of the Rings
Grim Grinning Ghosts
Dry Bones
God Help the Outcasts from Hunchback of Notre Dame
Purple People Eater
One Short Day (from Wicked)
I'm not that Girl -solo from Wicked
Defying Gravity - duet from Wicked
For Good
Wizard of Wz Choral Review
Time Warp f-from Rocky Horror Picture Show

Terri Schmidt
Tustin High School

Terri Schmidt

on September 9, 2004 10:00pm
Hi folks,

I've just started with Junior High girls' choir. We will have a Halloween concert at the end of October. I need the repertoire suggestions ASAP!!!Please, help!
on May 31, 2006 10:00pm
I did a concert of spooky, choral music last October. Here are some of the pieces I did with my High School Choirs:

The Forest Of Loo -SATB Very fun piece. I added a black out and and a loud scream in the middle.

Windy Nights- Mark Patterson SATB "Whenever the moon and stars are set, whenever the wind is high, all night long in the dark and wet, a man goes riding by..."

Double Trouble from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. John Williams/T.Chinn. (Lyrics based on Shakespeare)

Joseph Buchmann
Westhill High School
Director of Choirs
Syracuse, New York
on August 13, 2006 10:00pm
I have a few pieces written in the Halloween style: A Ghost in Philadelphia, Jersey Devil, and Annabel Lee. These are written for SATB/string quartet. There are also piano reductions available. Any interest for a perusal copy, email me at or check out sound clips at Thanks!
on June 18, 2007 10:00pm
Not sure if anyone is still interested in a Halloween Themed choral program, but I just directed a concert titled "Something Wicked" for chorus and orchestra. Here is my program.

Funeral March of a Marionette (Orchestra - Overture)
The Phantom of the Opera
The Music of the Night (from Phantom of the Opera)
Double Trouble (from Harry Potter)
Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)
Witchcraft (Vocal Solo)
Into the West (from Lord of the Rings)
Duel of the Fates (from Star Wars: Phantom Menace)
Star Wars Main Theme (Orchestra)

Jeepers Creepers (Jazz Instrumental)
Grim Grinning Ghosts (Youth Chorus)
God Help the Outcasts (from Huntchback of Notre Dame - Youth Chorus)
Dry Bones (Youth Chorus)
Purple People Eater (Youth Chorus)
Pirates of the Caribbean (Orchestra)
One Short Day (from Wicked)
I'm Not That Girl (from Wicked - Vocal Solo)
Defying Gravity (from Wicked - Vocal Duet)
For Good (from Wicked)
The Wizard of Oz Choral Revue
Time Warp (from Rocky Horror Picture Show - Encore)

If anyone would like more info about arrangements etc, or a copy of our concert program which contains program notes on all the music, feel free to contact me.

Eric Brown

on January 9, 2011 2:07am
Here are some original works intended for Halloween from my  choral music site that are available for free:
"Welcome," said the Spider for 2-part choir with keyboard (piano, harpsichord or organ)
Three Quodlibets for a Gaggle of Ghouls for SATB choir with optional percussion
  1. Unlikely Company
  2. The Ghost Ship
  3. We're Back!