Hallowe'en is coming up on Monday and that means that office parties, house parties, and clubbers are going to be dressing up to celebrate. If you are looking to theme a party and need some music suggestions then there are some below. Also, if you are looking to get yourself or someone else into a #Scary mood then consider some literary suggestions, whether short-story ones or poems.

Scary-themed music

"The Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett goes way back to 1962 and it gets a ton of radio play at this time of year. The song regales the story of some kind of lab scientist that witnesses what seems to be a rising dead man who stands up and does the "The Monster Mash" (ie.

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some kind of zombie dance). Wolfman and Dracula are in the song, one that isn't particularly scary as much as fun. Accordingly, it's suitable for kids.

Michael Jackson's 1982 "Thriller" is kind of like the "The Monster Mash" in one way. Jackson, who is at the movies on a date in the video, leads a posse of walking dead people in one of his dance sequences (ie. "they did the Monster Mash"). The entire video from start to finish is nearly 15 minutes long. A lot of that is acting without music, so the video is more like a short narration as opposed to just a song.

The next musical recommendation has to do with eeriness. Ever just had a bad feeling about something bad happening just because of the way the air or atmosphere felt? 1969's "Bad Moon Rising" by Credence Clearwater Revival is a song that describes all hell breaking loose for reasons left unexplained.

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The narrator/singer of the sing warns "Don't go around tonight, or it's bound to take your life" with the only explanation being a cosmic one: "there's a bad moon on the rise." 

On the classical side of things, for lack of something perfect, I'll go with Max Richter's "On the Nature of Daylight." It's the music that's playing in the Shutter Island dream sequence when Leonardo DiCaprio's character meets his wife before she turns to embers and that's good enough for me.

Scary-themed literature

Edgar Allan Poe is no doubt one of the best authors when it comes to finding poems and short stories that are meant to creep out. Everyone knows about "The Raven," a lengthy rhyming poem that describes a man's bizarre interaction with the titular bird. The raven won't stop saying "Nevermore," possibly as a reference to the fact that the man will not see his dead wife Lenore ever again.

However, another Poe character doesn't let something as trivial as death stop him from seeing his wife. The poem "Annabel Lee" is definitely on the creepy side as it appears to describe a man's lust for his dead wife's body.

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You'll have to put this one on the adult-side of things as a result.

"For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,

In the sepulchre there by the sea,

In her tomb by the sounding sea."

Poe also wrote short stories and one that I recommend is called "The Black Cat." You'll learn what it means to be taken over by the spirit of perversion. The protagonist owns a loyal and loving cat and, because of that, he digs the cat's eyeball out of its living skull with a pen-knife. That's definitely contrary to how most people treat an adoring pet. The protagonist then hangs the cat from a tree "because (he) knew that (the cat) had loved (him), and because (he) felt (the cat) had given (him) no reason of offence."

That doesn't work out so good for the protagonist as his house burns down that night. When he visits the ruins the next day one wall remains with an image of a noosed cat in it. I won't spoil the plot further, but this one's a strange one and it definitely could get you into the creepy spirit more than the trailer for the "Gilmore Girls" will. #EdgarAllanPoe #"Halloween