Each day this month, I’ll be spotlighting a song that seems particularly appropriate for the Halloween season.
Danny Elfman has been a spooky kind of guy from the days he led Oingo Boingo and performed songs like “Dead Man’s Party” with a quirky energy and maniacal grin. He moved on to writing scores for Tim Burton movies like Beetlejuice, Batman, Corpse Bride and Sleepy Hollow. His best work might have been for Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, which gave us the angst-ridden hero Jack Skellington. “This Is Halloween” ushers us into the holiday town via an ominous beat, full orchestra, and operatic choruses. Comic voices abound as many of the creepy residents introduce themselves: “I am the one hiding under your bed./Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red.” Elfman’s clever rhyming couplets and macabre humor make “This Is Halloween” an enduring classic.