When you begin to hear the sound of falling leaves, you know that both autumn and Halloween are just around the corner. That means it's also time for both you and your Mac to get into the Halloween spirit.
This collection of Halloween sounds covers everything from music to sound effects to scary dialog. You can use these sounds to create your own haunted house or haunted Mac, or just provide the background for a Halloween party.
The sounds we list here are available from many sources, with different licensing types. The list includes both free and for-fee sound sources. Either way, you're sure to find something appropriately spooky.
The iTunes Store has a large collection of holiday music and sounds, with a special category specifically for Halloween. The possibilities include the Glee cast singing The Rocky Horror Show sound track, a Mannheim Steamroller Monster Mix, the original Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, and a collection of scary sound effects, including some really great thunderstorms, screams, chains, and squeaking doors. In fact, you'll find just about everything you need for a thunderously scary Halloween night.
While your Mac can be the main sound stage, there is nothing wrong with walking around with a pocket full of scary sounds. That's the idea behind Halloween Sounds Pro. This nifty little free app will turn your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a portable scary sound effects generator. So, go ahead; make your pocket howl at the moon.
Here's another free collection of sound effects for your iOS device. I firmly believe that you just can't have too many ghouls laughing, witches cackling, or wolves howling on scary autumn nights.
This software for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch will turn your iOS device into a portable sound effects generator, just the thing for scaring kids as they arrive to trick or treat.
Countess Blood's collection of sound effects includes spooky music, spoken words, even sound clips for answering machines. Best of all, they're all free and easy to download from the site with just a right-click of the mouse.
Most of these are short clips, so you will probably want to use a sound editing application, or even GarageBand, to assemble a complete set of effects.
This site has 62 different Halloween sounds you can use to scare the pants off your friends. My favorite is the "Witch Evil Laugh"; it's not overly done, as so many evil laughs tend to be, but seems to be just right.
This is yet another large collection of sound effects; some of which are very well done. "Haunted Graveyard" provides the perfect ambiance for that graveyard you're planning to build in the front yard. One funny note: They don't seem to know what a vampire is. They have a few sounds called vampire, or vampire howl, which is the sound of a wolf howling; not exactly what you think of when you think of a vampire. Nevertheless, there's a nice collection here for you to investigate. Be sure to bring garlic and wolfsbane with you.
This site contains a large collection of sounds, not just for Halloween, but for just about any background atmosphere you may need. The site organizes sound effects into categories, and while your first stop may be the Horror Sound Effects section, I recommend taking a detour to Nature Sound Effects. There you'll find storms, wind, thunder, rain, and many more useful sounds to set just the right ambiance for Halloween.
There are lots of sound effects here, as well as some music and theme songs that are Halloween-related. I've always wondered what Transylvanian frogs sound like; now I know. You will also find skeletons rattling, vampires sucking blood, and a host of zombies doing the things zombies do.