Halloween Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

This lesson plan will teach your students about Halloween music. In addition, they will participate in an exciting hands-on activity about Halloween music that will help to reinforce facts they just learned.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson your students will be able to:

  • Describe some of the instruments commonly used for Halloween music
  • Name some popular Halloween music
  • Write their own Halloween songs


45 Minutes - 1 Hour


  • Internet access

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.


  • Inform your students they are going to be learning about Halloween music.
  • Tell them Halloween music can be divided into three major categories, which are:
    • Popular Songs
    • Movie Music
    • Old School Favorites
  • Next, tell them Halloween music tends to utilize certain instruments to create spooky sounds. These instruments include:
    • Organ
    • Synthesizer
    • Waterphone
  • Furthermore, Halloween music is often written in a sadder minor key (as opposed to a major key.)

Group Discussion

  • Ask students about their own opinions on Halloween songs:
    • What do you think makes a song seem scary or spooky?
    • Does anyone have a favorite Halloween song?
  • At this point, allow them to say some of their favorites. Then ask:
    • What do you think is the scariest Halloween song ever?
    • Do you know the name of the song played at the Haunted Mansion at the Walt Disney theme parks? (Grim Grinning Ghosts)
    • Have you ever seen Halloween is Grinch Night by Dr. Seuss?
    • Have you ever watched The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton?
    • Do you have any favorite Halloween cartoon episodes, such as those with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, or Scooby-Doo?
    • Do you know any of the favorite Halloween music and songs from these popular movies and television shows?

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