Tonight is Halloween and if you haven't already done so, now is the time to pick the playlist for your party, treat giving evening, or just your personal enjoyment. There are a lot of Halloween-themed songs, but only a subset that have entered into the public consciousness over the years. These songs range from album singles to television and movie themes. Here are the ten that best represent Halloween:
Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London"
Quite possibly one of the few songs in all of music history to feature its singer howling like a werewolf, this 1978 classic was composed by Zevon, LeRoy Marinell, and Waddy Wachtel, and also included accompaniment by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. Rounding out the star power on this one is Jackson Browne, who was the song's producer. The song ultimately became one of Zevon's best-known songs.
Mike Oldfield - "Tubular Bells Part 1"
Strongly associated with the 1973 film The Exorcist, the song comes from Oldfeld's 1973 debut album of the same name. It has since become one of the themes people generally conjure when they think of "spooky music." For his part, Oldfield was reportedly not happy with how the song was used in the movie.
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Palais Garnier - The Paris Opera
8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
Though now mainly used for ballet, the Palais Garnier is the very same opera house that served as the inspiration for the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux and the subsequent hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera. The opulent and gilded Second-Empire Beaux-Arts building, constructed between 1861 and 1875 is rumored to house more than just a world-renowned stage (and the Bibliothèque-Museé de l'Opéra de Paris – the Paris Opera Library Museum). The famous chandelier fall during the stage production of The Phantom of the Opera is rooted in fact – one of the extravagant crystal chandeliers in the auditorium did fall in 1896, killing an unlucky construction worker. More importantly, however, legend has it that in the early 20th century, during one of the many renovations of the building, a hidden apartment was unearthed, with some versions of the tale include the discovery of a male corpse. This rumor led to the hit novel and hit play; however, the specter that is most often reported in the Palais Garnier is that of an older woman who reportedly committed suicide and haunts the streets outside the Opera House, searching for her jilted lover – perhaps seeking revenge?
What's Playing: Jean-Philippe Rameau's comedic opera Platée is playing through October 8, while ballet enthusiasts have a slew of performances to choose from, including "20 Dancers for the 20th Century" from choreographer Boris Charmatz, and "Robbins/Millepied/Blanachine" brought to life by choreographer Benjamin Millepied as he pays tribute to masters of dance George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins both through October 11. Subsequently, the Palais Garnier will see a new production from renowned choreographer Anne Teresa De Keermaeker from October 21 through November 8.
The Palais Garnier exterior day. Image c/o Wikimedia Commons
Celebrities will do pretty weird things to promote their movies, but that's okay because then we get videos like this one, where the stars of "Last Vegas" reading the lyrics to popular songs. Morgan Freeman reads the lyrics to the Ylvis song "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)" while Robert De Niro tackles Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball", Kevin Kline does One Direction's "Best Song Ever" and Michael Douglas reads "Chinese Food."
Happy Halloween from the TicketNetwork team! We hope you have a happy, safe, spooky, candy-filled Halloween!