I’ve blogged before about the joys of visiting thrift stores in search of haunted treasures.
I have a routine, a definite order of attack; first I check out the t-shirts hoping to score some vintage 80’s rock or something else that catches my eye.
Next I quickly walk through the book section, then the arts and craft section and finally spend most of my time thumbing through hundreds of musty old record albums in search of the elusive Halloween themed vinyl.
Halloween record albums are tough to find, my guess is that there are a thousand Christmas records to every Halloween record out there. Here are a few of my finds, most acquired for less than 50 cents.
Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House, 1964 Walt Disney Productions
I have two versions of this album, one contains an added bonus of Spooky Party Hints but unfortunately the Spooky Party Hints were missing.
Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House, 1979 Walt Disney Productions
This is a newer version of the previous Disney entry but with different tracks. Warning: This album will scare your socks off. Parental guidance suggested..
Stereo Dynamics! To Scare Hell Out Of Your Neighbors, manufactured by Miller International Co.
Scary classical music mastered to reproduce the entire sound spectrum. I personally liked the cool caged skeletons on the front of the album.
Monster Mash, Peter Pan Industries.
The cool artwork caught my eye but it was the sticker on the front that read, “Property of Scott” that made this a must buy.
The back features a game called “Monster Maze” where you have to help Pam and Jeff escape Dracula’s Castle.
Sadly the previous owner, presumably Scott had already helped Pam and Jeff escape with the help of some colorful crayons.
Spooky Halloween, 1974 Michael Publications, Inc.
Interesting artwork by Charles Fox Phillips featured on the album cover.
The Official Album of Disneyland/Walt Disney World, 1980 Buena Vista Distribution, Co., Inc.
A very cool album featuring music from Disney’s Haunted Mansion, a must have.
Here are a few other albums that are sort of scary in a non-Halloween sort of way.
Meco’s Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk, 1977 Millennium Record Company, Inc.
Disco Fever Featuring Irwin The Disco Duck, Peter Pan Records
German Beer Drinking Music, Tifton International
The Smurfs, Best Of Friends, 1982 Dutchy Publishing, Holland
Scottville Clown Band, 1903 To Eternity, 1981 Hal Leonard, Inc.
The Scottville Clown Band is a staple of western Michigan and I have had the privilege of seeing them several times growing up. The band is still around and while the band is not scary I’m thinking the artwork on the album is a tad scary.