Top 10 Jazzy Halloween Songs

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Part 2 of my Top 10 Halloween songs, this list features some fabulous jazz numbers, great for you guys and ghouls who like hosting a classy Halloween shindig.

I Put a Spell On You (Because You’re Mine)
There have been a lot of renditions of this one, but I don’t think any can top Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

2. That Old Black Magic
Another classic that has been done in about a dozen arrangements, from beautiful ballad to upbeat swing. Sammy Davis Jr. did one of my favourite versions, though Judy Garland would be a close second.

3. Skeleton in the Closet
Who doesn’t love Louis Armstrong? This number is from the film Pennies From Heaven.

4. The Boogie Man (A Jazzy Halloween)
Admittedly, this has a bit of a creepy stalker feel to it, but maybe that just adds to its charm..? “Bad little girls” better watch out for this one.

5. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
This slow jazz is sure to fill the air with ghostly romance.

6. Ghost of Yesterday
No jazz playlist is complete without Lady Day.

7. Haunted House Blues
This one is a real oldie, from 1924. I came across Bessie Smith when I was looking for music for Rope last year – she’s got an amazing voice for the Blues.

8. Witchcraft
Looking to slow things down and get a little cozy with that certain someone? Throw on Old Blues Eyes and you’re set.

9. Murder at Peyton Hall
This has an amazing swing beat, for all you jitterbugs out there.

10. Ghost of Smokey Joe
Ok, so the man only has one tune, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great one. Switch out Minnie the Moocher for Smokey Joe on your Halloween playlist.

Top 10 Retro Halloween Dance Songs

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I started to make a simple “top 10” list for my favourite Halloween songs and it grew so quickly I decided to split it up. Here are my top 10 (in no particular order), 1950s/60s dance songs that are sure to make your retro Halloween bash a smash hit.

1.Sinister Stomp
Including The Monster Mash would be too easy, but we can’t have a list like this and not feature something from Bobby Pickett, so enjoy this lesser-known hit.

2. The Mummy’s Bracelet
Gotta love that bass line. Check it.

3. The Transylvanian Twist
Can’t have a retro dance party without the Twist!

4. She’s My Witch
This groovy, bluesy number is sure to be a hit later in the evening.

5. Graveyard Cha Cha
If you are looking for something to dance to I don’t think you can beat this – “now shut up and get back in your tomb!”

6. Spooky
I have always loved this song, but this is the first time I’ve heard the Dusty Springfield version – I think I like it better than the one I’m familiar with. 

7. Love Potion Number 9
Another great dance number for your retro bash.

8. He’s a Vampire
Great do-wop number.

9. I’d Rather Be Burned As A Witch
Eartha Kitt in all of her devilish wonder, this has got to be the best witchy number yet.

10. The Monster’s Hop
Let’s end this list with another great upbeat, rockabilly tune. This one is for all you young guys & ghouls.

Like these? Follow Bygone Theatre on Youtube to hear our entire Halloween playlist!

Bygone’s “Retro Radio Hour – Suspense!” Was a Hit!

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Last night was Bygone Theatre’s third show in the retro radio hour series; Retro Radio Hour – Suspense! The show was great and everyone had a swell time. All in all a good night.

Here’s a few photo highlights, including pics from our mugshot wall:

To see more check out the Bygone Theatre facebook page or our youtube channel; all the videos should be up by the end of the week.Now time to kick Rope into high-gear!
-E.