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The Spookiest Halloween Music

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Looking for music that’s scary and spooky in honor of All Hallows’ Eve? Check out these online video picks.

1. Edgar Allan Poe couldn’t tell a creepier story than Franz Schubert’s Die Erlkonig song. With a text by Goethe, it is about a young boy who espies the mysterious Erlking.

2. Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain is already well-known from Fantasia, but check out this superbly executed and rather disturbing Russian film adaptation.

3. Grieg’s spine-chilling In the Hall of the Mountain King provides the soundtrack for a stop-action animated chessboard in which the pieces go to war.

4. Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre is inspired by an old myth that on Halloween, Death calls skeletons to dance while he plays his fiddle.

5. Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique is the very definition of a gruesome nightmare, culminating in the famous Dance of the Witches’ Sabbath. Good luck having sweet dreams after this one!