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We love the frightful sights, but don’t forget the sinister sounds. Here are five great horror soundtracks for the Fall holiday season.

‘Tis the season for Holiday Horror Soundtracks. From Halloween to Black Friday, we’ve got your Fall covered! Here’s a look at five film scores and soundtracks. Some are pressed on gore-geous vinyl and readily available for purchase. Others are out of print but can be hunted down or found on digital download. I even included one that tops my Christmas wishlist. It hasn’t made it to vinyl yet, but fingers crossed that someone awesome — like the great Waxwork Records — picks up the Butterball Turkey and runs with it very soon.

While the typical classics like Nightmare Before Christmas and John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s Halloween series never disappoint, I wanted to recommend a few options that don’t always land on the haunted radar. Enjoy all the musical thrills this sinister season.

1. Trick or Treat OST (1986)

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Directed By: Charles Martin Smith
Music By: Fastway, Christopher Young
Label:  Real Gone Music
Album Artwork:  Theatrical Poster

Limited Edition Vinyl Variants: 2022 Record Store Day Hellfire (Red) Release (2000 copies) and October’s 180 Gram Flaming Orange (1500 copies)

Often confused with Trick ‘r Treat, this underappreciated soundtrack meshes heavy metal rebellion with horror on Halloween night. Former British Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clark soars as lead vocalist in the self-titled track Trick or Treat and After Midnight.  The 1960s metal angst against censorship comes to life with Don’t Stop the Fight, Stand Up, Tear Down the Walls, and the defiant Get Tough.

The rest of the album slows down and has less to do with Halloween. But if you love metal music from that era, Fastway will not disappoint as the legend of Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) enthralls.

2. Trick ‘r Treat OST (2007)

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Directed By: Michael Dougherty
Music Composed By: Douglas Pipes
Label:  Waxwork Records
Album Artwork:  Francesco Francavilla

s-l500Vinyl:  2 x LP 180 Gram “Jack ‘o Lantern” Orange & Crystal-Clear Split Colored Vinyl with Black Splatter, plus a bonus Spooky Sound-FX on Side D*

Anthology Horror and Douglas Pipe’s (Krampus) composition blend perfectly in taking the listener into an array of dark emotional themes. The Main Titles invokes an eerie children’s choir. It’s Halloween, Not Hanukkah infuses the cello, base, and a strong orchestra with musical shock cues.

Emotionally, The Halloween Schoolbus Massacre is still haunting. Not A Trick/Red and Black is an adventurous ominous ride. Lastly, the strings section in Old Mr. Kreeg plays on the senses like a thousand humming bees.

Thanks to the October theatrical rerelease, the visual and musical experience of Trick ‘r Treat can be relived in all its true Samhain form!

3. Tales of Halloween OST (2015)

Directed By: Axelle Carolyn, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Andrew Kasch, Paul Solet, John Skipp, Adam Gierasch, Jace Anderson, Ryan Schifrin, and Jack Dylan Grazer
Music Composed By: Joseph Bishara (Malignant), Christopher Drake (Creepshow TV Series), Christian Henson (Black Death), Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible), Bobby Johnston (Mother’s Day), Kung Fu Vampire, Austin Wintory (Grace), Sean Spillane (The Woman), Michael Sean Colin (Hell Hole), Edwin Wendler (Unnatural), and Jimmy Psycho
Label: Burning Witches Records 2019

Vinyl:  2 X 180g Black Audiophile Vinyl* Orange 2 X 180g Vinyl, Limited to (200 copies) * MP3 Available.  The Special Edition Blu-Ray includes the CD soundtrack. *

One of the finest Halloween-themed soundtracks ever produced, Tales of Halloween comes with great character and a vast musical range. Lalo Schifrin brings anticipation to the Opening Credits harrowing each segment to follow. Sweet Tooth, composed by Christopher Drake, captures childhood innocence and intrigue through the keyboard, knife-wielding cues, and one startling creature reveal.

Bobby Johnston and Kung Fu Vampire stir up a jazzy evening of daunting tricks in The Night Billy Raised He