A little Halloween night music

Staff file photo/Bob Luckey

You have your fans of Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash,” Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and even DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “Nightmare On My Street,” but these are just a few of the tunes you may want to add to your Halloween soundtrack.

The folks over at Fordham University’s WFUV today asked its listeners for some help in picking some songs to evoke the mood. You can see some of the top selections, as well as other suggestions on the station’s blog. Perhaps it will spur a few ideas.

It got me thinking, too, as I recalled some of the movie themes and classical compositions that are sufficiently eerie enough to make the cut, at least in my opinion. There is John Carpenter’s theme to “Halloween,” or the creepy title song from the 1987 movie “Poltergeist,” which, at least to my ears, also is oddly sweet. The theme for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” doesn’t necessarily resonate with me, but I know it tops many lists of “scariest” ever. And, then, there is the theme for “Friday the 13th” that instantly makes me feel like I should start running. You also could always look to composers who were making music well before Jason, Freddy or Michael Myers ever entered the cultural consciousness.

But, I just have to throw in Danny Elfman’s theme for “Beetlejuice.” It’s a bit moody, a tad scary and a whole lot of fun — just like the holiday, itself.

What songs get you into the Halloween mood?

Christina Hennessy