Thursday, August 7, 2014


As the holiday season approaches, many people look forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. People begin to decorate their homes, both inside and out. The smell of sweet treats and baked goods is in the air. Closer to Christmas time people listen and sing along to Christmas carols, but what about Halloween carols, fondly referred to as "scarols"?

Although there are some songs, such as Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett or This is Halloween by Danny Elfman, that are typically played during the Halloween season, some people enjoy parody songs to the tune of popular Christmas carols. Here are just a few of the songs that can be sung during the Halloween season to add a little fun and humor in you bag of tricks and treats.

12 Nights of Halloween

We all know what is given on for the Twelve Days of Christmas, but what about the Twelve Nights of Halloween? This song is sung to the tune and style of Twelve Days of Christmas but given a little Halloween twist.

On the First Day of Halloween, my true love gave to me:
An owl in a rotting dead tree.
Two trick or treaters,
Three black cats,
Four skeletons,
Five scary spooks, [or insert your favorite candy bar]
Six goblins gobbling,
Seven pumpkins glowing,
Eight monsters shrieking,
Nine ghosts a-booing,
Ten ghouls a-groaning,
Eleven masks a-leering,
Twelve bats a-flying.
Spooky Night

Spooky Night is a short and eerie song that is sung to the tune of Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber.

Spooky night, Halloween Night,
All is cold, nothing's right.
Round yon pumpkin glowing away.
People singing in the doorway.
Sing in devilish glee-ee.
Singing in devilish glee.


Joy to the World, It's Halloween

Joy to the World, It's Halloween is sung to the popular Christmas carol Joy to the World by Issac Watts.

Joy to the world,
It's Halloween.
The night of fright has come!
This time of year we wait.
We hope he won't be late.
The Great Pumpkin will come,
The Great Pumpkin will come,
The Great, The GREAT Pumpkin will come.
He rules the world,
On Hallow's Eve. He's coming here tonight.
Let's go into the pumpkin patch
They'll put us in the booby hatch,
But we will have such fun,
But we will have such fun,
But we, But we will have such fun.


Over the Graveyard
Over the Graveyard lyrics are sung to the tune of Over the River and Through the Woods, which was originally written as a song for Thanksgiving.

Over the graveyard and through the tombs,
To the haunted house we go.
The ghosts are a fright,
This spooky night
So come and join the show.

Over the graveyard and through the tombs,
Just hear the dreadful cries,
The banshees howl,
The black cats yowl,
Their shrieking fills the skies.

Over the graveyard and through the tombs,
Where all the goblins meet,
Witches and ghouls
They are no fools,
They all yell, "Trick or Treat."

Over the graveyard and through the tombs,
The jack-o-lanterns gleam.
Bats fill the skies,
With glowing eyes,
Hooray! It's Halloween!

(Repeat last two verses.)


Trick or Treat

The Halloween carol Trick or Treat is a fun song that will have you humming or singing it all day long. It is sung to the music of Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont.

Dashing through the streets,
Meeting goblins as we go,
Wearing contour sheets,
Wishing it would snow.

Bells in doorways ring,
Making spirits bright,
What fun it is to come and sing
And get some food tonight.

Trick or treat, trick or treat,
Trick or treat we say!
Try to get the treats before
The ghost takes us away!

Trick or treat, trick or treat,
Trick or treat we say!
If you don't have treats for us
We'll never go away!


Deck the Halls - Halloween Style

Why not change up the classic Christmas carol, Deck the Halls by John Dall, with a little trickster fun this Halloween. After all, it is seemingly more appropriate to deck the halls with slime and creepy ivy than with holly.

Deck the halls with poison ivy,
fa la la la la, la la la la.
'Tis the season to be slimy,
fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our strange apparel,
fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Halloween carol,
fa la la la la, la la la la.
See the goblins rise before us,
fa la la la la, la la la la.
As we sing the Halloween chorus,
fa la la la la, la la la la.
Follow them as they ascend,
fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Join with all your loony friends,
fa la la la la, la la la la.


O' Skeletons

O' Skeletons is fun, short song that is sung to the tune of O' Tannembaum, also known as O' Christmas Tree originally written by a German composer by the name of Ernst Ansch├╝tz.

O skeletons! O skeletons!
Rattle down my hallway!
O skeletons! O skeletons!
Rattle in my attic.
Let them know, the day is here,
When your spirit will appear.
O skeletons! O skeletons!
Rattle through your graveyard.

The Grim Reaper is Coming to Town

All boys and girls look forward to Santa Claus coming to town, but Halloween is about scares, tricks, and if you are lucky, you may get a little treat. Here is a spooky tune that is sung to the popular Christmas carol, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Oh, you better not shriek, you better not groan, you better not howl,
You better not moan.
The Grim Reaper is coming to town!

He's gonna find out from folks that he meets,
Who should have arsenic put in their treats.
Grim Reaper is coming to town!

He'll search in every graveyard,
Haunted houses far and near,
To see if you should stay alive,
Or die right here in fear!

So, you better not shriek, you better not groan,
You better not howl, you better not moan.
The Grim Reaper is coming to town!



God Rest Ye Merry Spirits

While all the gentleman are resting, spirits come out to play. Turn the classic God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman by William Sandys into a goulishly fun song around Halloween.


God rest ye merry spirits, let nothing you dismay.
Witches stirring bubbling cauldrons, smelling of decay.
To save you all from Satan's Po'er before your hair turns gray.
Oh tidings of horror and fright,
Horror and fright!
Oh tidings of horror and fright.

We Three Ghosts

We Three Ghosts is a twist to the Christmas carol, We Three King by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.

We three ghosts of Halloween are
Scaring kids who wander too far.
Trick or treating, candy eating,
Beware the Halloween Star.

Oh...oh...

Star of darkness, star of fright.
Star of every gruesome sight.
West winds howling, cats a-yowling,
Let us play some tricks tonight!

Ghosties We Have Heard on High

Ghosties We Have Heard on High is sung to the same tune as Angels we Have Heard on High. Although, heed this warning - You many find random outbursts of Boooooooooooing throughout the day.

Ghosties we have heard on high,
Groaning horribly o'er the plains.
And the witches in reply,
Cacklin' their eerie strains:

Boooooooooooooooooooooo
On this Halloween Night we cry:
Boooooooooooooooooooooo
On this Halloween Night we cry.
Spirits why this jubilee?

Why your ghastly tunes prolong.
What these gruesome tidings be,
Which inspire your evil song.

Boooooooooooooooooooooo
On this Halloween Night we cry:
Boooooooooooooooooooooo
On this Halloween Night we cry.

There are so many other Halloween parody carols out there. You can even modify any of the lyrics to create a fun spooktacular mood throughout the Halloween season. You can even have fun, whether you are an adult or child, by creating your own unique Halloween carol. You don't have to use Christmas carols as your melody base either. You can use campfire songs, children nursery rhyme songs, and much more. The main point is to make Halloween memorable, creative, and most of all to have some humorous fun that will leave you laughing the whole season long.

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