Halloween isn’t that tough to spell. But anytime I write or type the word, I find myself subconsciously singing Wade Denning and Kay Lande’s “Halloween.” Released on Golden Records in 1969 as part of a record titled Halloween: Games, Songs and Stories, it’s one of many songs on the album aimed at kids and their natural love of this most glorious of holidays.
I was exposed to this song in the mid to late 80s via my elementary music teacher, Ms. Bracey. I vividly remember her Halloween lesson plans. (Especially her lecture on the Spanish Romantic composer Charles Camille Saint-Saens and his piece “Danse Macabre.”) She seemed to take great care to cater to all manners of the Halloween spectrum, but this record always lodged in my brain. In addition to this somewhat ‘spooky’ and ridiculously catchy song teaching me forever how to spell Halloween, there were also game songs like the Green Acres-gone-gothic sounds of “Guess What I Am?” (Hint: the answers are Halloween related.)
When I was lucky enough to run across a complete vinyl rip of this out of print record over at the now sadly largely-defunct Scar Stuff blog, I almost fell out of my chair. So, were any of you reading you ever exposed to this particular album by your elementary school music teachers? If not, what things did they play for you? Leave your thoughts in the comments. words/ j neas