Creepy Classical Music for a Haunted Halloween

Here are a few of our favorite classical pieces, perfect for that holiday at the end of October. 

Danse Macabre

I remember being introduced to this piece in the fourth grade, and it was the first time I realized classical music didn’t have to be boring – it could be creepy! Danse Macabre was written in 1874 by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.

Night on Bald Mountain

Another early introduction to creepy classical, via Disney’s Fantasia, is Night on Bald Mountain. I can only assume I wasn’t the only child who found this segment of the movie too scary to watch. Russian Modest Mussorgsky composed Night on Bald Mountain in 1867.

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

What Halloween music list would be complete without the da-da-dunnnnn of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor? These are certainly the notes you would hear as a vampire awakes in his casket, or as you slowly push open the door of a haunted mansion.

Imperial March

Some great creepy classical music has been written in this century, too. John Willims’ Imperial March from Star Wars will send chills down your spine, or at least make you want to protect your neck from an invisible chokehold.  Happy Halloween!

3 thoughts on “Creepy Classical Music for a Haunted Halloween

  1. Coila Robinson

    Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas (France); always cute to watch Mickey Mouse as Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but listen to a recording (no visual) to really hear the music itself!

    Mars, Bringer of War, from Planets by Holst (England) – intense rhythmic piece (I taught elementary music in Cache Valley School Dist about 30 years ago, some “tough” guys in 4th grade class couldn’t handle this piece) I wouldn’t recommend for younger kids.

    Peer Gynt Suite, especially In the Hall of the Mountain King, by Grieg (Norway), another fun piece, tho’ not as intense as Mars.

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