The Music of Kelly Van Shaar

The Halloween Song

~ folk, a cappella, halloween ~ 2009-11-02

Written by comedian and musician Heywood Banks. This performance is by me and my kids. Did you ever wonder which of those kids in costume on Halloween might really be ghosts?

Lyrics

Now all you trick-or-treaters come and listen to me good
About a grave that's in a graveyard in this very neigborhood
It contains a boy who died this very night, so long ago
And how candy wrappers mysteriously appear around his stone

You know it's Halloween, you know it's kinda scary
The way the ghosts come floatin' out of the cemetery
Slidin' through the dirt, all cold and moldy
And the only thing that they can think about is how
To get your candy

"Trick or treat!" Hear the children cryin'
But who's that pale boy at the back with the antique suit & tie on?
When you passed out the candy, it seemed to fade into his hand
And look, there's a clump of fresh dirt on the spot that he did stand!

Oh, it's Halloween, you know it's kinda scary
The way the ghosts come floatin' out of the cemetery
Slidin' through the dirt, all cold and moldy
And the only thing that they can think about is how
To get your candy!

I heard about this kid who collected lots of sweets
And with a flashlight, in his bed he counted out his treats
When they found him in the morning, the bags of candy; they were gone
A clump of fresh dirt by his bed, and the flashlight was still on!

Oh, it's Halloween, you know it's kinda scary
The way the ghosts come floatin' out of the cemetery
Slidin' through the dirt, all cold and moldy
And the only thing that they can think about is how
To get your candy

Now each and every child
Behind a mask is hid
But which one do you think's a ghost
And which one is a kid?
But in the shiny darkness when the leaves are blowin' through
Has it occurred to you the only one that's not a ghost is you?

Laaa la la, la la la la la la
La la la la la la la, la la la la la la
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaooooooooouuuuuuuuuh
Lalalalala

And so you trick-or-treaters, take heed of what I said
And leave your candy here with me, don't take it up to bed
I'll protect you from the ghoulies and the ghosties and the beasties
Though you may lose that Snickers bar - and ooh look, Reese's Pieces!

Oh, it's Halloween, you know it's kinda scary
The way the ghosts come floatin' out of the cemetery
Now get on up to bed
But grab that broom before you do
And sweep up this clump of fresh dirt...
That fell off...
Of my...
Pants

Laaa la la, la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la laaaaa

Notes / Back story

The oldest is doing the melody... he's an awesome singer. Of course they're all great singers. The youngest is the mummy. She's a great singer too, but was needed elsewhere in this number. They learned this on their own and I thought it sounded so great that we had to record it.

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