Instrumental Halloween Music for the Classroom

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Looking for some great instrumental Halloween music to play in the classroom? Look no further – we’ve got you covered! From spooky soundtracks to upbeat tracks perfect for a Halloween party, we’ve got a great selection of music to get you in the holiday spirit.


Halloween is a great time to get into the spooky spirit with some creepy music! Here are some of our favorites to play in the classroom. These pieces are all instrumental, so they can be used as background music or as a way to set the mood for Halloween activities.

“A Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky

“A Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky is a perfect piece of instrumental Halloween music for the classroom. The piece is dark and sinister, but also has a feeling of fun and excitement. It’s perfect for setting the mood in the classroom on Halloween!

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is a symphonic poem by the French composer Paul Dukas, written in 1897. The poem is based on Goethe’s 1797 ballad of the same name. It is one of the most famous pieces of classical music, and has been used in numerous films and television programs.

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” is a classic piece of Halloween music that has been used in many movies and TV shows over the years. The tune is instantly recognizable and will add a spooky element to any classroom celebration.

“Night on a Bare Mountain” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

One of the most popular pieces of classical music associated with Halloween is “Night on a Bare Mountain” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The piece was composed in 1867, and it is based on a folk tale about a group of witches who gather on a mountain on Halloween night. The music is dark and foreboding, and it is sure to set the mood for any Halloween party or celebration.

“March of the Marionettes” by Charles Gounod

This piece of music is perfect for a classroom setting during Halloween. It is spooky, but not too scary, and it has a marching tempo that is perfect for getting kids moving. “March of the Marionettes” is a fun, festive piece of music that will get everyone in the Halloween spirit!

“Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod

This eerie piece was composed in 1872 by French composer Charles Gounod. It is based on a theme by Italian composer Alessandro Stradella, and was originally entitled “Pygmalion et Galatee,” after the Greek myth of a sculptor who falls in love with his statue. Gounod’s piece became popular after it was used as the theme music for the British film “Hitchcock Presents” in 1955. The funeral march rhythm and minor key create a spooky atmosphere that is perfect for Halloween.

“Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns

“Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns is a well-known piece of Halloween music. The piece was originally written for solo piano, but has been orchestrated for various other instruments as well. The eerie, haunting melody of “Danse Macabre” makes it a perfect choice for Halloween classroom music.

“The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber

One of the most popular Halloween songs to play in the classroom is “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This haunting tune is sure to set the mood for your Halloween class party!

“Halloween” by John Carpenter

This classic theme by John Carpenter is perfect for setting the tone in your classroom on Halloween!

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