My amazing friend Patrick (maxreborules) teamed up with me to bring something amazing!!! Maybe you’re old enough to remember what it was like getting a mixed tape or CD from a friend. It took effort and the act of playing it was almost like a small tribute to the person who gave you that mix. It meant a lot more and you would gladly depart with an original “And Justice For All” CD from Elektra Records than your pal, Stevie’s personal mix.
These two are bringing you a personalized mix for this Halloween and I am honored to be apart of it, here at the Halloween Hell Show. Couldn’t be more stoked to be rubbing elbows with these two Halloween geniuses.
Read below for details from Patrick and hold on to your butts!
Remember when we used to make mixtapes?
Popping that blank cassette tape into your boombox and listening to the radio while waiting for your favorite song to play just so you could record it? Or recording songs from your own collection for a potential romantic interest, (we all did a romantic mixtape…right?) Or even just mixtapes for yourself reflecting a certain mood. To me, those were the best kinds of mixtapes–the ones that were not just a random selection of songs, but the kind that reflected your mood or some sort of a theme. Gifting them to someone special with the exciting prospect of them getting lost in the songs you have carefully created. Your own little concept album.
Well, there are not really mixtapes anymore (except for you lucky folks who still have tape decks and still manage to find blank tapes) but somehow, in this day and age, the blank CD has STILL managed to survive, and it’s a notion I am taking advantage of. Nevertheless, let’s still call it a mixtape for nostalgia’s sake.
Halloween is my favorite holiday. For most of our adult lives, my older sister has held an annual Halloween party. In 2013, in preparation for her second Halloween party, I wanted to do something special. I began working on a Halloween “mixtape” with a selection of your usual go-to Halloween songs that are regularly played; Think Thriller, Monster Mash, etc. From then on, it’s become a staple of our Halloween tradition.
Every year, we begin our Halloween festivities by meeting up for a full day in September, which I debut the mix in the car, visit a local haunted restaurant/brewery (No seriously, it’s haunted. You should hear the stories!), pick up a pumpkin coffee in a drive-through, begin our Halloween shopping at various thrift shops and Halloween stores, then visit the local cemetery where various St. Louis notable figures are buried (a tradition that will continue this week as I write!).
Each year has been a blast, and the most notable thing about the mixtape is the exciting opportunity to change it up every year. The first year was the obvious classics, but the second year was the move into more obscure territory. Each mixtape would contain about 25-30 tracks with a unique spin on each mix – as I mentioned earlier when I said I like my mixes reflecting mood, I try to put various sound clips in the mix, as well as quotes from horror movies and Halloween commercials from our childhood. After the first couple of years I began to think about just how limited the quantity of Halloween songs are that are out there – definitely not as many as there are Christmas songs. I began to worry that soon I’d have to resort to scraping the bottom of the barrel in my attempt to make subsequent years’ mixes different. Thankfully, that has never really happened (well I don’t know, you be the judge) and it’s been an incredibly fun challenge that I work on early in the year to be properly prepared. And I can honestly say that now I get to the point where I don’t have enough room on one CD for all of the songs!
This year my annual mix is two CD’s. This tradition has been such a wonderful staple of our Halloween tradition, that it’s now shared with her boyfriend and many of our friends. This past Halloween her boyfriend asked me “Why don’t you share this with some of the people on Twitter? They’d love it!”
Now I’d like to share it with you. What I am sharing is somewhat of a compilation of my previous year’s mixes and this year is, excluding many of the more obvious choices. More specifically, this mix also contains many songs that have a special relation to #CoDamn movie events that have been held on Twitter as well.
I’d like to thank Casserole-o-Disaster (@Veggiemacabre) for giving me the opportunity to share this with all of you. I hope you have as much fun listening to this as I did making it.
Patrick aka Pattakin Skywalker (@maxreborules)
MONSTER BASH 2018
Party Time; 45 Grave
He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask); Alice Cooper
Joe Bob Briggs MonsterVision Song
Anything Can Happen on Halloween; Tim Curry
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Gremlin’s 2: The New Batch
The Crypt Jam
Trick of Treat
Do the Freddy
Dawn of the Dead; Goblin
Chariot of Pumpkins; John Carpenter
Friday the 13th Pt. 3
Leatherface; Laaz Rockit
Somebody’s Watching Me; Rockwell
Ernest Scared Stupid
Halloween; Kind Diamond
Killer Klowns from Outer Space