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All right, you fellow Halloweenies...

Every October, stores and internet radio stations hit you with the same old Halloween favorites: "Monster Mash," The Adam's Family theme, the theme from the Halloween movies, etc. And that's all fine—who doesn't like "The Monster Mash"?—but I like to dig up and spread around some equally good or even better stuff. I do this almost every year now—put together a podcast episode's worth of Halloween or horror-themed music that you've mostly never heard, plus a mix of half-familiar and fun movie clips.

Hosted on Sidedown's podcast series, Downcast, each Hallowcast episode is a medley of awesome "scary" music that you really should be listening to. Subscribe to Downcast, anyway, for tons of music you'd never have heard before. Seriously.

So stay tuned here for the latest Hallowcast Hallowcast, Episode 5, which is nearly an hour of very old and very new stuff, mixed with fun, creepy, and goofy movie sequences.

And here are the first four Hallowcasts. You can download them here or just play them off this page.

Downcast Episode 69: Hallowcast 1

  • "Halloween" (Three)
  • "Dead Man's Party" (Oingo Boingo)
  • "The Enemy Within" (Rush)
  • "Carousel" (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
  • "Gothic Party" (Action Pact)
  • "Tubular Hell" (Van Helsing's Curse)
  • "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask" (Alice Cooper)
  • "Torture Me" (Damned)
  • "Don't Fear the Reaper" (Unto Ashes)
  • "The Carnival Is Over" (Dead Can Dance)

Downcast Episode 70: Hallowcast 2

  • "This Is Halloween" (Marilyn Manson)
  • "Circus Without Clowns" (Three)
  • "Halloween" (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
  • "Unquiet Grave" (Gryphon)
  • "Crows Everywhere" (The Gothic Archies)
  • "Spiderdust" (Bel Canto)
  • "Bela Legosi's Dead" (Bauhaus)
  • "Poltergeist theme" (Jerry Goldsmith)

Downcast Episode 94: Hallowcast 3

  • "Main Titles" (Dead Silence, Charlie Clouser)
  • "All That Remains" (Three)
  • "Doctor Finkelstein/In the Forest" part 1 (The Nightmare Revisited, Amiina)
  • "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
  • "Carousel" (The Haunting, Jerry Goldsmith)
  • "Wicked Anabella" (The Kinks)
  • "Doctor Finkelstein/In the Forest" part 2 (The Nightmare Revisited, Amiina)
  • "Halloween theme remix"
  • "No One Lives Forever" (Oingo Boingo)
  • "All Hallow's Eve Ball" (Van Helsing, Alan Silvestri)
  • "The Toymaster" (Ayreon and Alice Cooper)
  • "Cry Little Sister (theme from The Lost Boys)" (G Tom Mac)
  • "Tales From the Crypt" (Danny Elfman)

Downcast Episode 109: Hallowcast 4

  • "Trick or Treat" (Paul Smith)
  • "Call of the Zombie" (Rob Zombie)
  • "The Well" (The Ring, Hanz Zimmer)
  • "Living Dead Girl" (Rob Zombie)
  • "Trouble in Woodsboro" (Scream, Robert Walsh)
  • "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives" (Mel Torme)
  • "Tainted Love" (Marilyn Manson)
  • "Magic" excerpt (Ghostbusters, Mick Smiley)
  • "Scarecrow" (Siouxsie & the Banshees)
  • "Samara's Song" (The Ring)
  • "Death Opened a Boutique" (Future Bible Heroes)
  • "The Funerals" (The Dark Crystal, Trevor Jones)
  • "You and Me and Rainbows" excerpt (The Tear Garden)
  • "Dragula" (Rob Zombie)
  • "End Titles" (The Nightmare Revisited, The Album Leaf)
  • "An Arm and a Leg" excerpt (The Legendary Pink Dots)
  • "My Thorny Thorny Crown" (The Tear Garden)
posted on 10.23.2010