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    Default Help? "Ghosts Come Out on Halloween" song?

    So, with all the Halloween music collectors here, someone must know this song, which I have only heard once--this was last year at a haunted attraction...it sounded like it must have been recorded in the mid-40's to mid-50's...jazzy combo sounding thing...and the chorus was, "Halloween, Halloween/The Ghosts come out on Halloween!" Real simple and straightforward with a deep pizzicato plucking carrying the thing along.

    Every time I try to search for this based on the above lyric, I keep getting the "Haunted Mansion" song, and the song I'm looking for is not that; it's similar, but distinctly different.

    Anyone know this one?
    "WHAT'S out there?"

    "I don't know.......it was little and brown, and low to the ground!"

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    Disney does have many versions of those songs from the haunted mansion attraction. I owned a cd with a few of them long ago but I forget most of the stuff about it. I remember the name Mannheim Steamroller, I think thats a group or a a symphony of some sort. Disney may have a remixed version out, or another company contracted by Disney. Other then that I don't really have any idea. Hope it helps though.

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    Are you 100% on the lyrics being those exact words? Running through some oldies in my head... Do you know "Halloween Spooks" by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJsBHZsrds

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    Yes, I have the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross track--I love that track, by the way. And it's not any version of the Disney Haunted Mansion theme "Grim Grinning Ghosts"...and yes, the lyric is exactly as mentioned above. "Halloween, Halloween/The Ghosts come out on Halloween!" I actually know someone who has heard this song, but he doesn't recall who did it.

    If you have seen Disney's "Ichabod and Mr. Toad" feature, there is a Bing Crosby song about the Headless Horseman, which is very similar in general sound and tempo to this track I am searching for.

    I think the trouble is, the lyrics are so simple and so generic that any search invariably brings up many similar things--so far close but no cigar! Thanks for your help, if anyone else knows even the exact title or the group that recorded it, I would love to know.
    "WHAT'S out there?"

    "I don't know.......it was little and brown, and low to the ground!"

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    I think I might be on to something. Check this link.
    http://www.myspace.com/alansanbornan...blog/443673856
    Hopefully it's heading in the right direction.

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    I found some lyrics but it was a childrens song or something.

    Ghosts come out on Halloween,
    Halloween, Halloween.
    Ghosts come out on Halloween,
    And float all around.

    Repeat verses, substituting:
    Cats prowl….
    Bats swoop….
    Monsters stomp….

    Does that sound about right?

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    Tom Anderson! Oh, Great Pumpkin! I stumbled across your query from three years ago while doing a search on "The Ghosts Come Out on Hallowe'en" today. Gobby Gruesome has actually already found the answer but, yes, I am the creator of the song, "The Ghosts Come Out on Hallowe'en!" For 38 years, I ran a haunt in the Westwood community of Los Angeles, CA. From 1975 until 2012 when, unfortunately, the house had to be sold after my mother's passing. In 1989, I submitted a song called "Hallowe'en Hysteria" to Dr. Demento and he played it on his Hallowe'en show. The next year, I adapted it as a live show and it went over so well that I continued to do original musical numbers for the following two decades. "The Ghosts Come Out on Hallowe'en" was our 1993 show and we included it on a C.D. that was released (the current version anyway) in 2005. I'm glad that you liked it enough to try to track it down. I especially like that it had the feeling that it had been recorded in the '40's or 50's. I was very much going for a Cab Calloway sort of feel. If you're still looking for it or are interested in other songs, let me know!

    Happy Haunting!

    Alan Sanborn

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    By the way, I'd be fascinated to know what haunted attraction you heard the song at! Also, it' s interesting that you compared it to the Headless Horseman song from Disney's Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I did a 50 minute version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 2006 and had my own song of Brom Bones singing about the Horseman. It was different from Disney's version but very much a tribute to that wonderful scene.

    Also, in attempting to follow Gruesome's link, I must curse those in charge of MySpace who deleted every blog and photo we had on there with absolutely no warning. It was an unfathomably nasty thing to do and I will never have anything to do with MySpace again!

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    Alan Sanborn,

    I contribute to a podcast and would be more than happy to play your work on it if you're interested.
    Gravedigger's Local 16 - "What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?"

    6'+ (Six Foot Plus) - Spooky musical madness (and more) from the GdL16 gang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic Mystery Monster View Post
    Alan Sanborn,

    I contribute to a podcast and would be more than happy to play your work on it if you're interested.
    Sure! I'd love that. Is this an appropriate place to discuss logistics? I tried to post my e-mail so you could contact me directly but it says I don't have enough posts yet. Thanks!

 

 
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