Last year I had so many little TOT's walk right by my house, not wanting to brave my yard haunt. I love my props but the neighbourhood age demographic means I have to tone it down a bit this year or risk just as many scared kids walking on by. In addition to lighting changes etc., I want to change my sound effects from the 'very scary' category (e.g., Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House) to 'less scary' (e.g., Harry Potter soundtrack or Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack) but was hoping to gather other ideas from the experts here. Any suggestions for 'less scary instrumental music' that is still 'somewhat scary'?
You may want to explore the music genre called Epic Music. It's the songs used in movie trailers. They are heart-pounding and some can be just a bit scary enough for Halloween but not overly so. Here's a couple of examples:
I might have what you're looking for Here are links to three of my *Horrorshow* collections. They're more atmospheric -- but also melodic. (I haven't included the "ambient" versions, since those would be considered "scary."):
The first link is less "thematic," so it might be the best -- depending on whether or not you have a specific theme for your haunt. Download codes are available. Just let me know if you're interested in any of these!