Halloween sounds are easy to include in any Halloween Party or Halloween Display using the excellent quality audio equipment now available at bargain prices. Putting together a soundtrack for the spookiest party is great creative fun!
Where to find Spooky Sounds online
Online Audio libraries that specialize in sound effects, rather than songs and music, offer a wide range of spooky sounds to add that extra frisson to any Halloween Party. Typing audio sound effect library into a search engine is a great way to get started. Two quality sources of Halloween audio sound effects are Freesound and istock audio.
Some sounds are available free of charge, while others make a small charge. It can be well worth paying for the right sound as subtle differences between similar sounds can make all the difference. Be careful to read the terms and conditions of each audio library carefully before using their files.
Well known Halloween Sound Effects
Many Halloween sounds are obvious or even clichéd. But in the right setting, and with enough surprise, they can still have a spine-tingling effect on the listener! Rattling chains, screams in the distance, a thunderbolt or a witch’s laugh can all still raise a shiver.
And remember that younger children have such vivid imaginations that it is best to use scary sound effects with caution if they are present.
Unusual and Surprising Halloween Sound Effects
For a truly terrifying effect on adult guests, it is the unexpected sound that cannot be located or identified that will have the most dramatic impact. Here are a few ideas:
- Try concealing speakers playing a quiet recording of ordinary human breathing in a discrete place in the rest room. Vary the volume a little with time.
- If guests need to pass along a corridor between rooms, dim the lights a little and play a gentle sound track of ordinary footsteps on a similar floor surface. A recording of footsteps might also be used on a gravel driveway or on a staircase.
- The sound of scuffling mice in a corner of the kitchen or buffet table can add an appropriate element of Halloween decay to the party atmosphere!
Halloween Sounds – Less is More
To achieve surprise plenty of silence is all important, and keeping the volume level low makes it harder for listeners to identify and place the source of the sound, which can only add to the gut-freezing effect. Think carefully about the effect that the sound might have on guests. Think back to genuinely spooky experiences and try to reproduce the effect in sound, perhaps adding a tactile element such as draped nets in dark corners when appropriate.