There’s nothing like some spooky music to get you in the Halloween spirit. Take a walk down memory lane with these five retro Halloween hits, from Bing Crosby’s “The Headless Horseman” to Bert Convy’s kitchy tune “The Monster Hop.”
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Bing Crosby: “The Headless Horseman” (1949)
Crosby sang “The Headless Horseman” for the 1949 Disney short The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which was part of the collection The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
Bert Convy: “The Monster Hop” (1958)
Singer and actor Bert Convy is perhaps best known for hosting Tattletales, Super Password, and Win, Lose or Draw, but long before his TV hosting days, he was a member of the rock-and-roll band The Cheers. During his time with the band, Convy produced the spooky, off-beat Halloween single “The Monster Hop.” Listen here:
Bill Buchanan: “The Night Before Halloween” (1962)
This is a Halloween adaptation of The Night Before Christmas, and over 50 years after its original release, songwriter Bill Buchanan’s gloomy voiceover is still delightfully creepy.
Fran Allison and Ollie Fame: “Punky Punkin” (1952)
This sweetly spooky song was the children’s Halloween hit of 1952. This version was sung by Fran Allison, the performer behind the ad-libbed puppet show Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, which first aired from 1947 to 1957.
Bob McFadden and Rod McKuen: “The Mummy” (1959)
Singer and impressionist Bob McFadden served as a voice-actor for several dozen movies, TV shows, and commercials throughout the 1960s and the following few decades, including The Milton the Monster Show, Thundercats Ho, and The Coneheads. In 1959, he teamed up with poet and songwriter Rod McKuen to create Songs Our Mummy Taught Us, an eclectic collection of spooky songs. Listen to the lead track: