As an exercise instructor I take full advantage of any opportunity to incorporate musical selections that help celebrate special days and holidays throughout the year. Today is Halloween, the perfect opportunity to do just that. Annual favourites in my classes include Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” from the 1982 film, “The Monster Mash” written in 1962 by Bobby Pickett and Leonardo L. Capizzi and the 1958 hit “The Witch Doctor” composed by David Seville. The last tune hit the pop charts in 1960 when three famous chipmunks incorporated it into their musical repertoire. “Oo ee, oo ah ah, ting tang, walla walls bing bang….” You get the idea! Halloween is the perfect opportunity to keep the mood light and have fun with your participants by selecting familiar, funny and silly spooky tunes as the backdrop for your exercises.
On another note, I was very lucky last week when one of my participants began to sing a Halloween song I had never heard before. Google, i-tunes and I spent some time together trying to track down a recording of this song but sadly no luck. If my research is correct, the song has been popular since the 1940’s. I did however find the poem that is the lyric for this song so if you wish to read it please click here.