Trick or treat. I was trying to phonetically write out the sound the ‘dark’ synthesizers gracing the score of John Carpenter’s Halloween II, but it just became too ridiculous. But, you know, feel free to give it a spin in the comments. Death Waltz Records specializes in vinyl reissues of classic soundtracks/scores from the realms of horror, sci-fi, and beyond. Their reissue of Halloween II is housed on (appropriate) orange vinyl. Label notes, below.

“John Carpenter and (composer) Alan Howarth managed to take the blueprint of the first film’s score and make it bigger, darker and nerve shreddingly intense. Synths wail and stutter as the score progresses to the point where you feel your head might implode from the oncoming onslaught. This score really should be played late at night with all of the lights out.”

The soundtrack is presently sold out, but I do have an extra copy for AD readers. To enter, leave a comment with your favorite Halloween music: album, soundtrack, sound design, whatever.

John Carpenter/Alan Howarth :: Halloween II Theme

93 Responses to “Halloween II : Soundtrack (Death Waltz Records) 1981”

  1. Ben Frost – By The Throat

  2. I play William S. Burroughs’ Dead City Radio

  3. soundtrack from the exorcist.

  4. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

  5. Monster Mash!

  6. Umberto – The Prophecy of The Black Widow has synthesizers that reflect a shimmering pool of recently spilled blood, and a pounding beat that aptly provides as an anamnesis for those nightmares where you find yourself running down a hall that continually stretches further and further away from you as you’re being chased down by the dark corners of your mind.

  7. This is Halloween – The Shaggs

  8. Love the Written in Blood comps.

  9. Misfits play all day long on Halloween.

  10. Alien OST by Jerry Goldsmith is probably my fav Halloween music.

  11. John Zacherley and Bob McFadden are both great! If you arent familiar and you like Halloween music, you gotta check it out! Sheldon Alleman’s ‘Sing Along with Drac’ is also excellent. As far as soundtrack stuff goes, Fabio Frizzi’s ‘Zombi 2’ and I forget the composer, but the score for ‘Blue Sunshine’ is super eerie and great.

  12. I’m gonna have to go with “Halloween Scream” by The Meteors. Love that song.

  13. HALLOWEEN III is my favourite – Carpenter and Howarth present such a palpable sense of dread, it adds a lot to the film. Also the Silver Shamrock jingle is greatness.

  14. Alice Cooper

  15. “Metal Machine Music” by Lou Reed
    “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” by Genesis
    “Welcome to My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper

  16. The Misfits – Halloween

  17. It a toss up between Nightmare on Elm St 3:Dream Warriors by Dokken or those awesome sound effects the neighborhood folks would play in their front yards when I trick-or-treated as a kid- yknow, chains rattling, spooky cats, coffin creaks, maniac laughing/screaming…

  18. Misfits – “Walk Among Us”

  19. The theme tune to count duckula, the vegetarian vampire duck. vegetarians sure are scary!

  20. The Shining soundtrack for sure, it’s the first vinyl I ever purchased

  21. “Conference of the Birds” by Om. Malevolent uneasiness.

  22. I love listening to synthy 80s horror soundtracks. I’m a huge fan of Deadly Spawn and Terrorvision. They’re great because there’s the familiar creepiness but in a different tone than you’re used to.

  23. no brainer – sam the sham and the pharoahs – “little red riding hood”


  24. Halloween II is my favorite!

  25. all i got was a rock

  26. Ultimate Halloween music: Coil – Unreleased Music from Hellraiser. Always wanted to have the 10″ of that one!

  27. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads

  28. Cool!!!! thanks for the chance to win
    I like to listen to LUCIFER RISING OTS
    on Halloween

  29. Lots of great suggestions here. I would add that the last two Flaming Lips records both do a pretty good job of setting a spooky mood.

  30. I like to put on some Tanya Tagaq – she’s a Inuk throat singer from Nunavut, Canada. It’s great and spooky sounding!

  31. Fav Halloween music? The misfits!!

  32. John Carpenter’s soundtrack to “The Fog” is probably my all time favorite, but it’s hard to choose of course.

  33. Theme From Friday The 13th Pt.3 – Hot Ice

  34. “My Solution” by The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson). It’s weird, man.

  35. Flowers in the Attic soundtrack is pretty haunting.

  36. The soundtrack to Japanese horror movie House is pretty incredible.

  37. Goblin’s Suspiria soundtrack is a very good choice, but, for me, it’s the soundtrack to season 1 of “Twin Peaks” by Angelo Badalamenti; it literally still gives me the willies every time I listen to it.

  38. Nekromantix and Horrorpops are what I enjoy most during this time of year

  39. Eery year around this time I start thinking about compiling a new Halloween mix, and the suggestions here will definitely provide me with some new things to add to my increasingly growing list.

    My favorite type of music for Halloween mixes is the extremely spooky stuff like Einsturzende Neubaten, Diamanda Galas, The Poetics, Harappian Night Recordings, etc.

    You can’t go wrong with these songs for a truly scary mix:

    Hasil Adkins- I Need your Head
    Tom Waits- What’s He building in There
    Tonstartssbandht- The Lake
    The Poetics- Silent Night

    For those of you looking for some of my Halloween mixes and rareHalloween records, you can can find them at the following link:


    Best, Kevin

  40. Halloween for me always meant going to see Oingo Boingo. Not particularly scary or creepy (except to a few of my evangelical Xian or LDS friends) but nevertheless, it’s still the soundtrack.

    Were I to go with something more intense, it’d probably be The Swans’ live record, “Omniscience”

  41. I enjoy the children of the night… What music they make!

  42. I like Danny Elfman’s Sleepy Hollow or Mark Mancina’s The Haunted Mansion

  43. I’d say Alice Cooper & Arthur Brown fit in nicely!

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