1. Toccata and Fugue in D minor - The piece by J.S. Bach has been used in films from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Fantasia to Monty Python’s Meaning of Life and is arguably the most famous macabre composition ever written. You can check out our easy piano tutorial on it here!
2. Keyboard Sonata in Eb - Joesph Haydn's sonata was the perfect creepy musical centerpiece for Interview with the Vampire. Learn the arrangement from the film here.
3. Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb Minor Op. 35 “Marche Funebre” - One of Chopin’s most popular compositions and an archetypal evocation of death. Here’s an easy piano tutorial.
4. Halloween Theme - John Carpenter composed this piece for his classic horror film of the same name. This theme was one of the earliest use of synthesizers in film. The unrelenting 1/8th note leaves the listener uneasy, creating a spooky atmosphere perfect for All Hallows Eve. Check out our tutorial here.
5. The Adam’s Family Theme - Some spooky songs just make you want to dance. This piece written by Vic Mizzy sounds great on piano and harpsichord! Learn it here.
6. Erlkonig - A poem written by Goethe, set to music by Franz Schubert and then adapted to piano by Franz Liszt. The poem “Erlkönig” tells the story of a boy and his father being chased through the woods by the demon Elf King. The father attempts to save his son from the Elf king, but the demon triumphs. A truly terrifying story set to equally terrifying music. Check out our easy piano arrangement.
Will Armstrong is the founder of WillYouLearn. He's a professional pianist with over 20 years of teaching experience.