Musical Halloween Fun – Part 2

By Liz Buchanan

For those continuing to need musical delights for Halloween, here’s our second installment!  And like the unlimited supply of Halloween candy, there are more ghoulish offerings to come.

James Coffey offers Halloween Train, a rollicking combo of traditional train song with Halloween fright:

Barry Louis Polisar writes, “I’ve written many Halloween themed songs over the years.  ‘Thump, Thump, Thump,’  ‘Hey Jack, What’s in the Sack?’ and ‘Don’t Leave me in the House Alone’ all come to mind, among dozens of others.

“Also, I have written The Haunted House Party, a Halloween themed book.  It’s loosely based on my wedding on 10/31/1981.”

Performer and teacher Joanie Calem writes that her Halloween collection includes many songs she has learned from other CMN members.  “I have been thinking over the past few wonderful weeks of Halloween performances that my Halloween repertoire is like walking around with all of my CMN friends!  This network is so incredible!”

One of those songs is Rockin’ Pumpkin, my own rewrite of “Rockin’ Robin.” Here are the lyrics:

Rockin’ Pumpkin

Tune: Rockin’ Robin

Lyrics ©2006 by Liz Buchanan


(Vs. 1)He sits on the front porch all night long

Glowing with a candle and singing his song

All the little children walking down the street

See the pumpkin when they say, “Trick or Treat!”

Rockin’ pumpkin oo-oo-ah-oo

Rockin’ pumpkin oo-oo-ah-oo

Go rockin’ pumpkin, you’re really gonna rock tonight.


(Vs. 2) There’s a guy all in white, lookin’ spooky, too.

If you’re not careful, he’ll say, “Boo!”

He hangs out where the goblins go

But we won’t let him scare us, no, no, no!

Rockin’ ghostie oo-oo-ah-oo

Rockin’ ghostie oo-oo-ah-oo

Go rockin’ ghostie, you’re really gonna rock tonight.


(Bridge) The pretty little witches and the fairies, too

Are out trick or treating with me and you

We’ll get lots of candy and have some fun

Now time to go home, but don’t you run!

‘Cause there’s that pumpkin…

(Back to start and repeat Vs. 1)