It’s ALL HALLOW’S EVE or better known as HALLOWEEN! Halloween is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church. Some believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories,watching horror films, and listening to SCARY MUSIC! Speaking of MUSIC, we have a LIST of the TOP 10 ‘HAUNTING’ Songs just right for the ocasion!
10.“This Is Halloween” – Danny Elfman
Venerable composer Danny Elfman got a big assist from the citizens of Halloween Town for this Nightmare Before Christmas favorite, which was famously covered by Marilyn Manson in 2006.
9. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
Pitch-black metal from down under, AC/DC drove “Highway” to No. 47 on the Hot 100 in 1979.
8.Ghosts- Michael Jackson
7.“Creep” – Radiohead
Though far from the creepiest-sounding dirge in Radiohead’s now-lengthy catalog, radio has always had a love for the band’s breakthrough hit, which is especially relevant when Halloween rolls around. It’s just too bad Radiohead’s career peaked here… kidding!
6.“Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
On one of his signature songs, Stevie Wonder pleads with his listeners to ignore talk of broken mirrors and walking under ladders. “Superstition ain’t the way,” he preaches in this 1972 song, but there’s something about that funk that still sounds almost… spooky.
5.“Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
A perfect Halloween entry from the (late, great) Warren Zevon, who also famously sang “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” is this howling Me Generation rocker that rose to No. 21 on the Hot 100 in 1978.
4. “Deal With the Devil” – Pop Evil
Here’s a recent entry to the list — Pop Evil’s chugging, hard rock single “Deal With the Devil.” Coming from the band’s 2013 set Onyx, it topped Mainstream Rock Songs and peaked at No. 20 in Rock Airplay.
3.“Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker, Jr.
When October rolls around, the clear answer to the lyrical question, “Who ya gonna call?,” is Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” which topped the Hot 100 in 1984.
2.”Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Though it’s been decades since this kitschy, creepy faux-Frankenstein party tune scared up a No. 1 slot on the Hot 100 in 1962, Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash” has been on Halloween party playlists ever since. Read about 50 Years of “Monster Mash”
CAN YOU GUESS the NUMBER 1 SONG!?? Well CLICK on the Saturday Slingback for the answer…..
Titles ranked by a formula blending track sales, measured by Nielsen SoundScan, and radio airplay, monitored by Nielsen BDS, during the 2013 Halloween week on Billboard–and a LITTLE TWEAKING from ME….