Halloween Spooky Music Presentation with Haunting History and Video Links

Halloween Spooky Music Presentation with Haunting History and Video Links

This can be used as a 2nd-12th-grade Higher Education.
This is a great tool for 4th- and 5th grade students.

Included: PDF, PPT, 105 + Editable Worksheet

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This is a great activity to do before Halloween, or whenever you are looking to talk about the importance of music in overcoming frightening moods.

You can view the full preview file and see every slide.Due to file limitations, the preview may be grainy. After downloading, you will receive the presentation in high-definition HD quality.

You will find a zip file that contains a PDF presentation and a PPT presentation of 25 examples from the Baroque Period to present. For each composer/arranger/group you will find a biography, information about the piece they created, and links to YouTube videos (SafeShareTV Links) of examples of the songs.

Disclaimer The activity can be used by students from high schools and grades 2, 3 or 4. This product can be used at many grades. For some grade levels, what is suitable may not work for another. While I believe I’ve chosen examples that aren’t too terrifying, I recommend that students screen these videos before they are shown in class.

Listening Examples:

  • JS Bach – Toccata & Fugue In D Minor
  • WA Mozart – Don Giovanni – The Commendatore
  • Franz Schubert – Der Erlkönig
  • Frédéric Chopin – Funeral March
  • Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique – Movements 4 and 5 (March to the Scaffold and Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath)
  • Modest Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
  • Edvard Grieg: In the Hall of a Mountain King
  • Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre
  • Charles Gounod, Funeral March of the Marionette
  • Bernard Herrmann- Psycho and Cape Fear: Themes by Bernard Herrmann
  • John Carpenter – Halloween Theme
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera
  • John Williams – John Williams: Themes From Jaws And Harry Potter (Hedwig’s Thme)
  • Stephen Sondheim- Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Rod Temperton & Michael Jackson – Thriller
  • Lindsey Stirling & FIXYN – Moon Trance
  • Danny Elfman: Theme from Beetlejuice, This Is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Mark Snow – Theme of The X-Files
  • Pentatonix – Aha!
  • Bear McCreary, Theme From The Walking Dead
  • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Theme from Stranger Things

You can also choose from two different versions of the worksheets:

  • Mixing (composer/performer and selection).
  • Ratings with composer and song filled in

A PowerPoint editable worksheet file is available that includes the following:

  • With my examples, editable matching worksheet
  • An editable worksheet for matching with examples
  • My examples include an editable rating/comment worksheet
  • No examples of editable comments/ratings worksheet

****Links to musical selections are only found on the “Let’s Listen” slides. Slideshow mode is required to use PowerPoint links. Each line of text contains a link that will take you to a musical example.****



SafeShareTV uses YouTube links to remove distractions like autoplay and related videos. It is important to have a safe-viewer in your classroom. Additionally, I made sure that the video clips were edited to remove any unwanted beginnings (such as applause), so that you can get straight to the music once you click the link.

Before you attempt to view the videos in your class, please ensure that your district has not blocked YouTube and SafeShareTV. You should note that this download does not include actual audio and video files. All videos can be accessed via the internet. The “Let’s Listen” pages contain the links. They aren’t underlined but have transparent boxes with links to the listening examples. If you are using PowerPoint, you must be in presentation/slideshow mode for the listening examples to be clickable.

Click the button below to check if SafeShareTV is available at your institution.

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SafeShareTV offers a safe way to download videos from institutions that have blocked SafeShareTV. You will need to still access the SafeShareTV link from an area that SafeShareTV has not blocked.

This resource was a great success with my students. It was easy to hold group discussions, and my students were also able to participate. Due to the children’s ages, I had to verify which I gave but they loved it.

It was one of the best resources I used. They were keen to try it again, but I had to make them wait until the next year.


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