Halloweddings Ceremony

What I Did:

Our ceremony was short and informal, so we only used one piece (for the processional). We chose the beginning of J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, which is the music everybody thinks of when they think "creepy organ music." You can hear an MP3 sound clip by clicking here (Credit). We used the extremely low-tech solution of queueing up the appropriate track on a portable CD player, and having a friend hit the Play button when appropriate.

Other Suggestions:

The following suggestions are (to my warped little mind, at least) more appropriate for the ceremony part of a Hallowedding. There are lots more musical selections in the Reception section, which I think are a bit more "partyish," but which you may also consider for your ceremony.

  • Although I didn't use it in my ceremony, the wording that I used in my wedding invitation has been set to music. You can see the lyrics and musical notation here.

  • Dead Can Dance Aion (1990)
    Anything by Dead Can Dance would probably make good Halloween background music, but this is widely considered to be their best album. This etheral CD sounds like it's been around for centuries, full of chanting, drumming, ballads, even bagpipes; it evokes everything from medieval cathedrals to keening banshees.

  • Classical Music Choices for Halloween (Credit):
    • Charles Gounod Funeral March for a Marionette - Also known as the theme from the Alfred Hitchcock TV show.

    • J.S. Bach Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: Toccata - This is the organ piece made famous by Phantom of the Opera. I used it as my processional.

    • Maurice Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit - A ghostly tale told musically, this piano piece is lovely and foreboding, full of lush cascades of notes that suddenly go silent.

    • Frederic Chopin Funeral March from Sonata in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 - If death has a signature piece, this is it, the dum-dum-dedum dum-dedum-dedum-dedum played at every cartoon funeral.

    • Modest Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain - You may remember it as the tormented souls scene from Disney's Fantasia.

    • Camille Saint-Saens The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Also from Fantasia, in this scene Mickey bewitches the brooms to help him mop the floor.

    • Edvard Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Opus 46) - You hear this any time elves go into a mountainside. It begins sneaky and slowly escalates into a maelstrom of wailing violins.

    • Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique - A longer work, this piece includes movements such as "March to the Scaffold" and "Dream of the Witches' Sabbath".

    • Antonin Dvorák The Noonday Witch and The Water Goblin - Symphonic poems based on two Bohemian folk tales.

    • Richard Wagner Ride of the Valkyries - This is the inspiration for the "kill the wabbit" theme from Bugs Bunny cartoons.

    These classical works don't exist on a single CD--you need to find them through each composer--but a CD that contains several of the pieces is Fright Night--Music That Goes Bump in the Night (1989).

  • Gothic Martha Stewart suggests swirly, moody gothic music for your ceremony. Look for selections listed as "Darkwave," "Ethereal," or "Folk/Occult Gothic."

  • Danny Elfman movie soundtracks (such as Edward Scissorhands) can be very lovely.
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