Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sunday October 30th, 2016 Monstrous Music and Spooky Sounds

Add extra fun to your Halloween festivities with some spooky music!   You can borrow some now through the online platforms  hoopla and Naxos or visit us to check out some CDs.

 Hoopa is an online collection of music, movies , TV shows, eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can access 24/7.  To get started go to and follow the link.   Create your hoopla account, and you'll be all set to go!  You need to have an email address and set a PIN on your library card. You can also download the free hoopla digital mobile app on your Android or IOS device .
This month Hoopla has added categories  for all your Halloween needs:  music for adults, party music for children, and Halloween soundtracks.  Here are a few of my favourites.

"50 Freaky Halloween Sounds"  is just  that!  From the expected bone-chilling screams, creepy footsteps and creaky slamming door to the macabre eye popper and nightmare noises, this record promises to keep you on your toes all night long.  Each sound plays for about three minutes.  This would be fun to have playing while you give out treats!

On a lighter note, "Drew's Famous Party Singers 57 Kids Greatest Halloween Songs, Games and Stories"  is fun for the whole family.   Teach your kids the hand jive and the Monster Mash, and share the fun of the Addams Family Theme, Jump in Line, and The Candy Man.  This record includes some  short (most less than a minute) sound effects as well.

You'll have sixteen scary movie sound tracts to choose from on hoopla, from classics like Jaws and Poltergeist to Scream 3 and Corpse Bride.  Is is the music or the action that makes movies scary?

Naxos is an online collection of classical, jazz and world music.  You can access it through My Giant Search at Log in with your Library card number and PIN and find "Naxos Music Library" in the list of resources.  Naxos has put together a "Monster Mayhem" collection for the season which gives you over an hour of spooky serenade.   Tracks include Shostakovich's "Hamlet",  Price's "Goblin and the Mosquito", Cowell's "The Banshee" and "Ghost" from Beethoven's Piano Trio in D Major.

If CDs are more your style, we have a variety of Halloween music available for you to borrow in this format as well.  "Wiggly Halloween", "Halloween sing-along", and "Kidz Bob Halloween" are a few favourites.  If you have more classical taste, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre and Berlioz's Dreams of a Witches' Sabbath from Symphonie fantastique will give your Halloween festivities extra flair.

Joanna Aegard

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