Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House


     I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that if you’re reading this, you’re a fan of Halloween.  If you also happen to have been born prior to 1980, I’d say that there’s a good chance that you owned this album (for you younger folks, this is one of those black things which we used to spin around to hear music).

     Originally released in 1964, Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House was a collection of sound effects from Sound Effects Department of Walt Disney Studios.  One side featured isolated tracks such as Screams & Groans or A Collection of Creaks.  However, the other side features the same tracks narrated by Laura Olsher in a delightfully creepy manner.

     “You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing…” she begins.

     It’s a Halloween classic, there’s no doubt about it.  Even if you didn’t own the album, you’ve likely heard some of the tracks.  They were a staple at haunted houses and home displays for decades.

     As a youngster in the mid-1970’s, I was afraid of my shadow.  My next-door neighbor Kelly and I used to queue up the record and try to see how long we could listen to it before we’d be scared senseless.  When we’d finally crack, we’d run to my bed, covering ourselves with covers to drown out the noise.

     If you’ve read this far and find yourself reminiscing about the good old days and wishing that you could hear the album again, I have good news.  I spent years tracking down a copy on eBay, only to never be able to listen to it due to the lack of a record player.  However, Disney has released this gem on iTunes and you can find it here!

     Thanks for reading.  Do you remember Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House?  I’d love to hear about your memories.


4 thoughts on “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

  1. Yes, I own this album as well as the Story and Song of the Haunted Mansion, which, of course, was the first entry on my blog. 😀

    Both are great. I really wish Disney would focus more on their Haunted Mansion property at Halloween as opposed to solely marketing the Nightmare Before Christmas. I enjoy both, but I love my Mansion more!

  2. I agree that Disney could do a much better job for Halloween. The whole park is very weak for Halloween in my opinion.

    I imagine it’s the same “child friendly” policy which killed ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. It’s a shame though. Halloween doesn’t have to be terrifying to be fun and little kids who are gonna be easily frightened will be easily frightened by even Santa Claus, if it comes down to it.

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