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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ten ESL Halloween Song Listening Activities




Halloween is almost here. Now that you've put up the decorations and prepared your costume for a "scary" night out, it's time to put on some spooky music to add to the atmosphere. Here are ten "classic" Halloween hit songs that never seem to get old. 

Whether you are having a party or just singing on  your own, these tunes should give you an extra scary shiver or two.  You can learn some new vocabulary, practice your listening and even learn a little grammar ( if you feel the need) 

Listen to all of the songsTry the listening activities.Then discuss them with your friends or classmates
  • Which one was the easiest to understand? Why?
  • Which one did you like best? Why? 
  • Which one did you like least? Why? 
  • Which one had the best video and graphics? Why? 
  • Which one told a real story? 
  • Which one will still be played in 20 years? Why?  

#1  Welcome to My Nightmare  
Dressing up for Halloween, or going to haunted houses and trying to scare people is just like being in a nightmare.  This song makes nightmares fun. I hope you enjoy this one.

 # 2    This is Halloween
This is Halloween by Marilyn Manson is one of the few songs with the word Halloween in it.
It has become extremely popular at Halloween even though it was originally written for a movie about a Christmas Nightmare.  






#3 The Monster Mash
The Monster Mash is one of the oldest and best known songs people usually play at Halloween.  I even danced to it when I was a child. That's why we call it a "classic," or a "golden oldie"



# 4  Werewolves of London 
This song is always at the top of people's Halloween music list because  werewolves are scary creatures that people love to be afraid of. Can you howl like the singer can? Try it. It's fun. 



#5  Ghostbusters 

Everyone knows that  you need tol call ghostbusters if there's something "strange" in your neighbourhood. This was one of the most popular movies of the 1980s, and people still love watching it and singing along. . The song is very catchy and easy to sing. 




# 6  Season of the Witch 
This song is doesn't have any ghosts or zombies in it, but Halloween is all about witches and strange things, so it fits the topic.  Besides, Halloween occurs during the season of the witch.   
 
#7  Bad Moon Rising 
This song is more about bad things happening than about Halloween itself, but Halloween is a time when terrible things are supposed to happen, so the song is very popular at Halloween parties. Besides, it's fun to dance to. .





#8 Love Potion # 9 
This song is about magic and magic potions, so it fits under the category of things that happen at Halloween. It's  also  romantic song, and everyone needs to sing a few slow songs - even at a party. 

 

# 9  Don't Fear the Reaper 
 The "reaper" is a name that we often use for death, so this song fits perfectly into a Halloween theme because Halloween is all about death and spirits. 

   

#10 Thriller 
Thriller is he biggest selling album, song and video of all time. The complete video, which is 13 minutes long, changed the way music videos were made. Many people consider it their  
favourite Halloween song and can even dance the dance. How about you?  



Enjoy these songs and have fun with them.  Let me know which ones you liked best, or if you have any other favourite ones. 

Meanwhile,  have fun getting scared!


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